10 best makeup bags for your beauty essentials


The best makeup bags can hold all your beauty essentials without bursting at the seams. And they can do it while being aesthetically pleasing. While there are plenty of options to choose from on the front of the makeup bag, the best of the best comes with a slew of features that make life and travel a little easier.

How can a carrying case ease your mind, you might be wondering? Well, first and foremost, you’ll have everything in one place. Few things are more annoying than trying to find your favorite lipstick only to realize you left it in the car, instead of your cosmetic bag. But, more importantly, the best makeup bags have compartments galore, plenty of space (you know, for your favorite mascara, the best concealer, and skincare essentials like vitamin C serums and sunscreen), and an easy-to-clean interior (so you can wipe up spills and smudges in no time, because they happen to the best of us.). Some have hooks so you can hang them on your towel rack in the bathroom, and others have built-in mirrors for easy makeup application.

Here, find options galore. If you’re looking for an ideal bag for travelling, we’re sharing an option with a hook so you can hang your kit in the hotel bathroom or on the back of your car seat.

How We Chose the Best Makeup Bags

We consulted Alexa Persico, makeup artist and founder of Alexa Persico Cosmetics, Sébastien Tardif, celebrity makeup artist and co-founder of Veil Cosmetics, combed through countless user reviews, and tested some products ourselves to find the best choices available.

Our top picks

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Best makeup bag overall


Travel Makeup Train Kit


Best Budget Makeup Bag


Travel Cosmetic Bag Makeup Bag


Easiest to clean makeup bag


Washable travel makeup and cosmetics bag


Best Clear Makeup Bag


Transparent cosmetic case


Best Small Makeup Bag


Small makeup bag


Makeup bag with the most compartments


Hanging travel toiletry bag


Best Clear Makeup Bag Set

Mona Studio

MST-333 Clear Makeup Organizers Set of 3 bags


Best Double Layer Makeup Bag


Double Layer Travel Cosmetic Bag



Pack It All Organizer


best makeup bag with mirror


The cosmetic case in black

How to choose the best makeup bag

Watch your beauty routine. If you’re someone who has a full 10-step beauty routine and likes to experiment with new products, you’ll probably want a bigger bag with pockets and a brush cover. On the other hand, if you have a handful of flagships that get the job done, you might prefer a smaller option that can fit in your bag.

Think about cleaning. The material of your makeup bag makes a big difference when it comes to cleaning up leaky foundation or a broken eyeshadow palette. Look for easy-to-clean options so you spend more time putting on your makeup than cleaning it.

Think touch-ups on the go. If you travel a lot and bring your essential makeup, consider a travel-friendly makeup bag that can be hung on the back of a door or on a towel hook. Another aspect to consider? A built-in mirror. It will make your life much easier (and more reliable than using your iPhone’s camera).

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