The Best Makeup Bags

The Best Makeup Bags

Whether you’re an on-the-go beauty maven or a traveling minimalist, you can’t leave home without the best makeup bag. These sleek and functional options will keep your products safe and sound through airport security and your travels, so you can return with nary a broken bottle or spilled bronzer in sight.

The Leatherology Train Case

This case is an organizational dream, with individual dividers that can be moved around and customized to fit specific sized items. During testing, it fit a full makeup brush collection, two foundation bottles, five toiletry bags, over 15 lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes, and more, all while looking chic and feeling sturdy. It also has a detachable LED mirror, which is great for putting on makeup in tight hotel rooms or on the go.

This Leatherology bag is a bit more pricey than the other cases we tested, but it offers a unique customization option—monograming. You can choose between three styles of monogram: debossed, handpainted, or trapunto quilting. It also comes in a wide variety of colors, from classy neutrals to bright pops of color.

Consider how you will be transporting your case and the size of your suitcase or purse before selecting a color. Some cases are too large to fit in backpacks, but they’ll work well in larger carry-on luggage or checked bags. Others, like the Beis Hanging Cosmetic Case and Away The Cosmetics Bag are small enough to fit in your purse but large best makeup bag enough for a full vanity set of makeup and skincare products. Makeup artist J. Guerra suggests opting for a bag that is made of nylon, which makes it easy to wipe down in case of any spills or accidents.

The Monda Studio Large Classic Set Bag

Whether you subscribe to the no-makeup-makeup look, like Meghan Markle’s go-to artist, Sir John, or if you are all about the yes-to-makeup approach and have a full collection of brushes and products, a good makeup organizer is essential. Luckily, the best makeup bags are also pretty stylish, so they can keep your beauty routine looking put together in between squirts of concealer and application of Boy Brow.

Several makeup artists who we spoke to recommended this large set bag from Monda Studio, which has a sturdy shoulder strap and lots of compartments for different types of makeup. The top section is for powders, blushes and other liquid-based products, the middle for palettes, and the bottom is for larger items, like foundations. The interior is padded for extra protection and has a side zipper for a quick-access brush holder.

Minimalists can opt for a clear makeup storage solution, like this $35 style from Sonia Kashuk. It has adjustable layers and can fit a ton of makeup. It’s also super sleek and will blend in with any home decor.

Another great option is a hanging organizer, like this one from Songmics. It has multiple trays, lipstick slots and a removable mirror for more organization. It’s a little pricey but worth the investment to keep your drawers neat and tidy.

The Beis Hanging Cosmetic Case

Designed for the “beauty-lover who wants to bring her full routine along on trips and #Shaycations,” this travel makeup bag from BEIS (pronounced base) fits the bill. It’s spill-proof, comes with a mirror for en route touch-ups and has enough room to fit all your beauty essentials.

BEIS’s travel makeup bag has separate, adjustable dividers to help keep things from shifting, zippered side pockets, four elastic pouches for brushes, and a flap that flips over the entire case to velcro everything together. It’s small enough to fit in a carry-on, weekender or backpack, and is also great for packing in your suitcase if you need additional space.

Our tester took this cosmetic case on a week-long trip and loved it. She said it’s durable and hasn’t ripped, even when she filled the case to the brim with seven palettes, a brush collection, five toiletry bottles and over 15 lipsticks. She also appreciated that the plastic pockets have elastic straps to keep tubes and bottles upright and secure.

We love that the BEIS cosmetic case has a clear, TSA-approved pouch for liquids. This is important for anyone who plans to check luggage, as it means you don’t have to unzip and open the entire thing in the security line. Our only complaint about this BEIS travel makeup bag is that it doesn’t have a separate compartment for hair products, so you’d need to pack that separately in another zip pouch.

The Calpak Mini Travel Makeup Bag

If you’re an overpacker (who doesn’t?) or you’re prone to spilling stuff on the go, choose a makeup bag that will protect your products from jostling around in transit. If you tend to carry smaller, compact items like brushes and lipsticks, look for a bag with customizable dividers like the Relavel Travel Makeup Train Case. And if you’re more worried about fashion than functionality, consider a cosmetic case that has a chic exterior—the Cuyana travel beauty case is the best example of this—or one with a luggage sleeve that can slip onto your roller.

For minimalist travelers, a simple zip pouch might be enough. If you’re prone to messy spills and messy self-care, opt for a makeup bag with water-resistant material or one that can best at home facial tools be easily wiped down (like this clear beauty case) that can fit most of your toiletries.

This navy-colored woven travel makeup bag is a great option for minimalists, and it fits way more than you’d expect from its baguette shape. It also has a padded interior and elastic straps to keep your most-used beauty tools from getting tossed around inside the bag. After five months of daily use, our tester was able to fit 26 items—a mix of full-sized and travel-sized—in the case. The drawstring closure keeps everything snug and secure, and the fabric exterior is easy to clean.