The 10 Best Makeup Bags
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What are you putting in the makeup bag?
First you should think about what kind of items you will be putting in your makeup bag. Are you just going to put makeup, like lipsticks and dry compact foundations? Or will you also be putting makeup brushes in there? What about sponges, eyeliner, liquid makeup remover, etc? In order to stay organized, there should be a compartment for each type of item in your makeup bag. If you are going to stuff the bag with a lot of things, make sure there are lots of compartments. For example, your brushes should be strapped in place and lined up in a row so that the brush part does not get tangled with other items. If you have containers of foundation or other liquid solutions, make sure there is a waterproof compartment. Better yet, choose a bag made of vinyl instead of cloth or leather so that it can be waterproof against spills. Accidents do happen.
Size of the makeup bag
Are you using the makeup bag for travel or is it something you will throw in your purse? For travel, larger makeup bags are recommended. In addition to makeup and brushes, you might also use the bag for lotions, shampoos, and soap. If you are looking for an everyday makeup bag for your purse, then something large enough to hold the essentials is sufficient. For example, you might carry a mini vial of perfume, an extra lip gloss, and a foundation compact. Pencil-case shaped or dome-shaped makeup bags are best for everyday use. If you are a professional makeup artist, you will probably be using your makeup bag to carry enough makeup for a variety of looks. In that case, choose one with a strap and treat it as a separate purse.
Leather, cloth, or vinyl?
Most high-end makeup bags are made of leather. Kate Spade, Coach, and Tory Burch all have trendy makeup bags made with various shades of leather. Leather is durable and adds an instant look of glamour. However, leather makeup bags can be tricky to clean. Most that are on the market are small and best suited for carrying just a few essential items in the purse. For travel, vinyl makes a good option because it is waterproof and more affordable than the higher end leather ones. You can even use a clear vinyl bag so that you don't have to waste time digging through all of your makeup to find that eyeliner. Cloth is always a good option and usually has the most fun patterns and designs. Cloth makeup bags come in many shapes, sizes, and prices and are probably the most versatile out of the three. Although not waterproof, cloth is easy to clean if anything spills.
One size fits all or divide and conquer?
Some people like to fit everything in one bag. That is fine if the bag has compartments. However, some people may have a hard time keeping everything organized in one big bag even if there are compartments. If that applies to you, then you can consider buying a set of smaller makeup bags. You can put all your brushes in one bag, lip products in the second, foundation in the third, and so on. Many sets will have one bag in multiple colors, so you can organize your makeup and tools by color of the bag.
Zipped, folded over, or drawstring?
Makeup can be expensive. In order to keep your makeup and brushes secure, consider how much your bag will be thrown about. If it will be secure in a suitcase, then a folded over cover or drawstring should be enough. If it will be constantly handled and passed around, then it is best to choose a makeup bag with a zipper closure.
How girly do you want the bag to be?
Color is an important factor in choosing a makeup bag. Perhaps there is one specific color you are always drawn to, and this is not even a question for you. You know it will be pink. But what if you might be sharing your bag with a travel partner or significant other? In that case, then it might be better to choose a more gender neutral color such as black, gray, or clear. The same consideration goes for patterns and prints. Choose bold prints if you want to stand out. Choose a neutral color if your style is more minimalistic. Make sure your makeup bag goes with your style of dress, or it will seem out of place.
Hygiene, hygiene, hygiene
All of the above can be disregarded if you are not able to keep your makeup bag clean. The whole point of having a makeup bag is to stay organized and to keep your makeup and tools in good shape. A dirty makeup bag is grounds for all kinds of bacteria that will destroy both your makeup and your skin. If you think cleaning leather is too much of a chore, or if your budget does not allow you to take your bag to a professional leather cleaner regularly, do not pick a leather one. Instead, pick a fabric that can be washed in the washing machine. If you don't like cleaning in general, then buy the cheapest bag you can find and replace often.
With the many options that are available, there is no one size or style fits all for makeup bags. You may even need multiple makeup bags, one for your bathroom counter, one for travel, one to throw in your purse, and one to keep in your car. Depending on your budget, you may choose a high-end leather case by brands like Coach or Kate Spade, or you may choose a more affordable generic brand. Etsy and Amazon are excellent places to find the best deals on makeup bags. As with all things creative, experiment until you find the perfect bag for you.
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