Must-Have Beauty Essentials For Your Handbag

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Girl Holding Yellow Handbag

Makeup can get heavy: in the ‘caked-on’ sense of the phrase, but also in the weighty, burdensome sense. Though lugging our makeup bag across town will probably contribute towards our summer bodies, no one with an ounce of sanity would want to do this every day. We’ve compiled five of the sleekest, inconspicuous makeup products to fit in your bag, so you can manage your touch-up sessions without the bulk!

NARS Immaculate Complexion Concealer

It’s late afternoon and that spot you manically concealed in the morning is beginning to flare up again. This is where NARS’ heroic concealer stick comes into action: it covers blemishes and imperfections with a light, crease-resistant formula, all whilst being super compact and fitting snug in your bag. Ditch the bulky foundation bottles and touch up where necessary with this petite stick.


Called out for an impromptu evening with the girls, but have no time to freshen up? Benefit’s High Beam highlighter is the pick-me-up of unparalleled glamour. Apply the product to your cheekbones for a fresh and dewy glow, and on your brow bones for a luminous effect. Its small packaging means you can take this bad boy anywhere, and apply whenever you feel your face needs an instant perk.

NEW CID COSMETICS I-blossom Pressed Power Blush

The beauty of New CID Cosmetics’ cushion compact blush is that its formula is lightweight, radiance-enhancing and buildable. Dabbing the sponge stamp applicator on the apples of your cheeks will give you an immediate pop of colour, which is subdued enough to reapply throughout the day without obtaining an uneven complexion.

PAUL JOE Eye Gloss & Lip Gloss, in Monaco

Paul Joe have always boasted innovative and whimsical products, so it comes as no surprise that they managed to pull this one out the bag: a functional satin eye gloss and lip duo. Both products contain orange flower water extract that work to hydrate your eyelids and lips whilst adding a seductive, glistening sheen.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Solid Perfume Compact

They say two brains are better than one, and dynamic duo Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen definitely clocked into this. Their brand Elizabeth and James is renown for its products of utmost sophistication, with their ingenious solid perfume as a clear example. The aesthetic compact fits in the palm of your hand and smells of a luxurious blend of violet, sandalwood and vanilla. Simply dab your fingers on the solid perfume formula and apply to your wrists and back of your neck for a burst of fragrance.