What better way to store your beauty essentials and get organised than with a new makeup bag? It’s a guaranteed way to encourage you to keep your kohls sharpened and your brushes clean. And who doesn’t love a declutter? Let’s admit it: we will buy a new lipstick without much thought yet wouldn’t think about investing in a functional bag to house all our makeup goodies. Yet a well-designed cosmetic bag will shave off essential minutes spent searching for products in the morning and makes even our used and abused bronzers feel brand new.

Here, we round up our favourite makeup bags which are practical and aesthetically pleasing in equal measure.

The Flat Lay Co. Open Flat Makeup Bag, £20

Honestly, you’ll use this once and then question how you ever lived without it. This is a game-changer if you love seeing all your makeup on display when you’re putting your ‘face’ on. Plus, it makes tidying up a breeze. Quite simply undo the drawstring at the top, and it unravels into a flat circle (hence the brand name), so all your products are visible right away. It’s lightweight, fits a huge amount and comes in an array of fun and funky designs. Not sure what to buy your bestie for Christmas? Now you do!

Glossier The Beauty Bag, £32

Any hardcore beauty junkie will appreciate this most sought-after makeup bag. It’s fast become a best-seller for Glossier so much, so they run out of stock almost as soon as it’s replenished. Perfectly sized to fit all your lotions and potions for a weekend away and it will be greeted by wows by your fellow beauty-lover friends.

Beauty Pie Small Clear Makeup Case, £16

This transparent essential makes searching for a specific product easy work. With four pretty colourways and a wipe-clean finish, this ticks all the boxes and it’s super practical too. Small enough that it fits in your handbag but spacious enough to carry your everyday look.

Lila Green Frill Makeup Bag, £16.50 at Oliver Bonas

This had us at hello! The gorgeously girly frilly detail, soft velvet finish, bright colouring and funky design make this a standout makeup bag, but for all the wrong reasons! Aesthetically the best on this list but probably not the most practical in terms of the cotton velvet material and mini sizing. Having said that, Lila Green also has an equally fabulous vanity case that would house your whole bathroom. We’re calling this the Carrie Bradshaw makeup bag collection – she’d be proud.

Trish McEvoy Power Of Makeup Planner, from £35

Make-up artist Trish McEvoy believes your everyday look should be swift to apply and effortless to master. Her brilliantly concise make-up bags have been selling like hotcakes for umpteen years, designed to house all your makeup essentials – including the brand’s Filofax-style (remember those?!) palettes clicking into place. The beauty of these planners is you can swap and change your palettes according to the makeup you’re wearing on that specific day. And to make it even more special, you can get your palettes and planner personalised with your initials or name. A genius add-on.

Elizabeth Scarlett Makeup & Cosmetic Bags, £35

These beautifully embroidered cosmetic bags are so chic they can easily pass as a going-out bag too. Animal and insect designs feature heavily while the well-considered water-resistant lining ensures makeup spillages don’t ruin the outer velvet finish. Plus, there’s a mini pocket which is great to keep spare bobby pins and scrunchies on a night out. And for an extra special touch, you can get your bag monogrammed too.

Stackers Hanging Washing Bag, £36

For the ultimate in-storage solutions that look fancy and super practical hanging up in your bathroom. These multi-organised cosmetic cases will make sure all your products have their rightful place and space! Wipe clean and made of soft vegan leather, your bathroom window ledge will finally be bare from product overload.

Liberty Makeup Bags, from £20

From their unique and iconic prints to their minimalist design, these makeup bags are simple, do the job, and elevate makeup application to A-list status by their look alone. These wipe-clean cosmetic bags are timeless and ensure makeup organisation is the ultimate treat to the eye.

The VB Beauty Bag, £78

The celebrity-obsessed beauty lover will adore this sleek spongey black neoprene bag as Mrs B says, “finally, I’ve designed my perfect beauty bag—durable, water-repellent, simple, and so chic. I always keep my everyday essentials in this bag so I can find anything I need easily.” Plus, it comes ready to gift, wrapped in tissue paper, and housed in a keepsake box. Hooray for one less present to wrap for Christmas!

Space NK Large Travel Bag, £36

Practical, durable, and attractive this faux leather makeup bag with its handy large transparent panels is a great choice for travellers, particularly if like us you pack the kitchen sink…and more! It fits full-size products so there’s no need to decant your favourites and it’s wipe-clean too. Trust us, buy one and you’ll soon be investing in the whole collection.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Print Canvas Makeup Bag, £15

Made for the fashionista that appreciates her beauty stash, this small-ish makeup bag is perfectly sized for handbags but not ample enough for anything more than housing your everyday touch-up essentials or all your favourite lippies. Nevertheless, it has serious eye appeal with its lip print design and can be thrown into the washing machine thanks to its 100% durable polyester material.

Anya Hindmarch Bespoke Small Pouch, £195

This soft luxury leather makeup bag is perfectly sized for handbags and for all the products you may need for your quick touch-ups throughout the day. Super luxe and in four colourways, and for an added personal touch, you can customise your bag with an embossed message or initials on the nameplate. Very chic indeed.

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