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The Best Makeup Bags and Cases for Travel

I strive to be a minimalist when it comes to packing. But let’s face it, that doesn’t always happen.

I can’t always predict how I’ll want to do my makeup while traveling. So I like to have a well-curated kit with in case I feel like doing something a little extra with my makeup, especially for nights out on the town.

On the other hand, I hate getting to my travel destination and not being able to quickly find my makeup or beauty products.

The solution to keeping my makeup kit organized? My makeup bag!

Yes, the right bag will do wonders for keeping your makeup and beauty products well organized and easy to find.

Here’s a run down of the different types of makeup bags and cases out there so you can figure out which one fits your needs best.

Makeup brush bags

I like to keep my makeup brushes separate from my products.

Mostly this is to keep my brushes protected from damage, but also to keep them clean!

A simple way to do this is using a separate bag for your makeup brushes.

Having a separate bag for your makeup brushes is a great option for those looking for every day storage options for brushes and makeup.

If you don’t want to sort through your makeup when packing, you can just throw both bags in your suitcase and go.

You can rest assured you didn’t forget anything since you only had to put your 2 daily makeup bags in your luggage.

Hanging toiletry bag

Hanging toiletry organizers are a great all-in-one solution for packing both makeup and toiletries.

The ability to hang the organizers helps keep bathroom counter space clear, too. Plus, it’s a lifesaver for tiny spaces, where you might not have counter space at all!

Classic makeup bag or clutch

A typical makeup bag or clutch is small and portable, which makes it great for minimalists and backpackers.

It’s also an easy way to tote makeup in your day bag for touch-ups, if that’s your thing.

BONUS: You can usually find them pretty cheap, too!

Train case

I’m partial to train cases, because they are easier to root through, which means I don’t have to take everything out each morning to see what I have.

Train cases often come with built in organizational features, which is another reason why I prefer them.

My go-to makeup bag at the moment is a train case that has 3 tiers: one for brushes, one for makeup, and one for toiletries.

Weekender toiletry tote

Weekender toiletry toes are flat, similar to the shape of a packing cube. This is what makes weekenders a good option for packing cube devotees.

They are large enough to hold lots of makeup and toiletries. Plus they are great for longer trips when you might want to carry more than your day-to-day makeup routine.

What’s in my makeup bag when I travel

My day-to-day makeup routine is pretty simple, but I like to switch it up for special events and nights out.

I usually carry my makeup with me in my carry on bag, which has forced me to master the art of the travel-friendly makeup routine.

My skin is quite sensitive and travel tends to make my skin break out, so I always pack foundation.

Bare Minerals specializes in powder foundation that gives as much coverage as a liquid foundation.

This brand has been a lifesaver when it comes to paring down the number of liquids in my makeup routine!

Most of my favorite mascaras are available in travel size at Sephora. So if I need to save space, I pick up a tube in a smaller size. The same goes for my hair savior, dry shampoo.

As for eyeshadow, I bring 1 or 2 shades, or a compact travel-size palette.

I don’t wear eye shadow often these days, so I haven’t looked into the option of creating a custom palette with my favorite shades. But that is an option at stores like Sephora.

Speaking of travel-sized makeup, beauty sample subscription services, like Birchbox, are a great way to score travel-size makeup and beauty products.

If you are devoted to specific products, though, this might not be ideal. However, I’ve found it’s a great option for me as I enjoy trying new makeup and beauty products.

The items I tend to hoard for travel are moisturizers, eye masks, and sheet masks.

As I mentioned above, my skin is sensitive and tends to break out when I’m traveling. So traveling with an arsenal of soothing and moisturizing skincare products is a must-do for me!

Which kind of makeup bags and cases are your go-to?

Now that you’ve found the perfect makeup bag, let me help you find a cute carry on for your next trip.

Check out my post about carry on luggage, from suitcases to tote bags and beyond.

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