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6 best makeup bags

Keep all your beauty favourites in a chic and sophisticated carrier

Ditch the bottom of your handbag as makeup storage with one of these cosmetic carriers ( iStock )

Carrying your favourite beauty products around with you at all times can be tough. Not only do they constantly get lost in your Mary Poppins bag, but often times they can get damaged. If you are the type of person who is always rooting around at the bottom of your handbag for your mascara or eyeliner during rush hour, we think it’s time for you to invest in something to put them in. Helping preserve your brushes is key, as is ensuring your pricey serums and day creams stay intact. After all, what’s worse than opening your bag to find everything wet, sticky and ruined?

With plenty of choice out there, you can pick something that suits your personality and lifestyle. Whether you are leaving for a short-haul weekend break or embarking on a long adventure, a cosmetics case is essential. And the industry’s offering is vast, from mini travel sized bags to extra large bags and professional makeup artist carrier cases to ones that double up as a vanity table. Whichever you choose, be sure that they will keep your precious products safe.

Give your collection a complete overhaul with our top pick of make up bags this Christmas.

Bobbi Brown Small Make Up Case: £19, John Lewis

Bobbi Brown is loved by professional makeup artists all over the globe, which why this cosmetics case makes for an excellent on-the-go case to carry around with you all the essentials. It’s not too big so as to not fit in your handbag, and not too small to struggle to fit your beauty favourites.

Its velvet exterior makes it a chic option for the festive period, whilst being practical enough to carry with you your brushes, foundation and lipsticks. Not only is it practical, but for the price, it is a bargain.

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Harvey Nichols Large Forest Green Cosmetics Case: £30, Harvey Nichols

When you think of Harvey Nichols, you automatically think of expensive luxury. Which is why their offering has been a pleasant surprise. This cosmetics case is absolutely huge and by huge, we mean it can fit virtually everything you need; makeup and skincare.

While it looks real, it is actually made from faux-leather, so is suitable for vegans and big enough to take on long-haul adventures. It also comes with an extra clear PVC pouch for any extras. Two for the price of one!

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Anya Hindmarch Makeup Bag: £195, Browns

At the upper end of the price scale, fashion designer Anya Hindmarch – known for her whimsical designs – has created a wonderful line of brightly coloured cosmetic cases and this one is our favourite.

This multicoloured case is quilted and features a top zip fastening. It doesn’t have an inner pocket, but is the perfect size for the fashionable jet setters amongst us. Need a chic pouch for your hyaluronic acid, water mists and eye creams? This has you covered.

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Skinny Dip True Leopard Makeup Bag: £14, Skinny Dip

Skinny Dip’s offering is vast, with plenty of designs available in various different sizes.  With animal print as the most-worn trend of 2018, this leopard print makeup case is perfect to stay ahead of the game. Not only is this super fun and fashionable, but it is the perfect size for all your beauty buys.

It is made from faux-leather so easy to clean and a great size for travelling and for storing brushes. What else would you want?

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Caboodles On-The-Go: £14, Caboodles

If you haven’t heard of Caboodles (where have you been?) then prepare to be enlightened. Loved by Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles, this vanity case is the perfect travel companion.

Not only are you able to benefit from personalising your own by choosing the colour, design and size, but it has plenty of space to fit all your favourite lotions and potions with an easy to find design. It also features a removable accessory tray and flip lid mirror, giving you the option to glam up on-the-go or keep on your dressing table at home.  

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Aspinal of London Small Essential Cosmetics Case: £80, Aspinal of London

Classic red leather makes this vibrant pouch the ultimate treat for lovers of extravagance. While it is a little on the more expensive side, the hand-crafted berry lizard print Italian calf leather just screams luxury.

Its simple design makes it a classic if it is well looked after, and will last for years to come. And not only can you keep your bathroom essentials clean and tidy, but Aspinal offers a personalisation service making it the perfect gift for you or someone special.

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Verdict: 6 best makeup bags

We absolutely loved the Bobbi Brown small velvet make up bag. Yes, it is small, but we found it fit all the essentials for those on-the-go. If you’re looking for a more adventure-friendly bag, we’d definitely go for the large Harvey Nichols make up bag to store skincare, toiletries and make-up. Want to stand out from the rest? Anya Hindmarch’s multicoloured case is enviable and worth saving up for.

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