If you sneak a peek inside an average make-up bag, chances are you’ll find foundation stains, pencil shavings, brightly colored smears and shimmery dust. This isn’t a scientific study, but we’re willing to bet that a majority of women are carrying totes that are a bit weathered, a.k.a. "well-loved." Some of us don’t even have a proper bag in the first place – we’ve even seen a friend whip out a Ziploc full of compacts from her purse.
Sometimes, the beauty product that most needs a spring refresher isn't the makeup itself, but the tote it's stored inside. So, here are seven multi-purpose options for the new season.
Made with love in the Midwest, Milkhaus Designs' beautiful bags and clutches come with original screen prints and hand dyes. We love the zip pouch featured above, which is long enough to fit makeup brushes alongside other beauty staples. Each product is made to order, so it's truly constructed with a personal touch. To Buy: Zip Pouch ($22)
Ashley Barlow, a Minnesota artist and friend of Clementine, has designed a stunning series of watercolor-inspired makeup bags for Target. The whimsical patterns stand out on shelves, and there are many different shapes and sizes for all of your traveling beauty needs. To Buy: Ashley Mary for Target ($10-30)
This Sadie pouch is handmade in India and has a special, earthy ease to its shape and style. It's designed by bunglo, brought to you by globetrotter and artist Shay Spaniola, who honed her skills as a former member of Anthropologie’s visual team. To Buy: Sadie Everyday Pouch ($28)
We love Rifle Paper Co.’s collab with the sporty LeSportsac. The nylon bags are incredibly durable, easy to wash and printed with Rifle’s signature feminine designs. This compact rectangular bag has a particularly adorable print – one side shows girls getting ready, and the other displays the finished result. To Buy: Rectangular Hello Gorgeous ($25)
The words "gift with purchase" are music to a beauty lover's ears – and with purpose, even better. For the next month at department stores like Macy's and Nordstrom, any Clarins purchase of $75 comes with a special FEED canvas pouch, plus mini versions of best-selling Clarins products. Each sale will provide 10 school meals to combat global hunger. To Buy: FEED 10 Pouch (free with $75 purchase)
Adina Grigore of S.W. Basics, our former guest editor and a DIY skincare extraordinaire, has commissioned a fellow Brooklynite to design a custom organic cotton canvas makeup bag for S.W. fans. We love the black and white whimsy of Libby VanderPloeg's illustrations. To Buy: Libby VanderPloeg for S.W. Basics ($14)
If you’re in the mood to upgrade to something really special, look no further than Cuyana. The brand’s leather case set comes with two cases – a large one for all toiletries and a small one for makeup, jewelry or any littler necessities. Every detail is beautiful, from the lining to the zipper to the soft pebbled leather. There’s even an option to customize it with your monogram. To Buy: Cuyana Leather Travel Case Set ($110)
p.s. Make sure your makeup bag includes this easy to use multitasker!