The good news is that it is possible to stash an adequate get-pretty stash in your itty bitty party bag. Plenty of beauty brands have debuted portable primpers, and many products have on-the-go or multi-purpose functionality, meaning no more staring at all of your stuff and having to make a Sophie’s Choice of what you need and what you can actually fit in there.
Here, we’ve matched up nine dazzling party bags with the beauty quick fixes you might need for an epic night on the town. From a teeny flat iron (for reals!) to a quick-fix for garlic-crostini breath, we’ve got all of your possible primping problems covered, from your head to your dance-fatigued feet.
A glam, retro-style bag calls for a beauty look with grace, sophistication, and elegance. A stunning solid fragrance compact, smoothing serum, and golden smoky eye with red lips will help you convey that Grace Kelly allure.
Nacre Checked Vintage Clutch, $298, available at Anthropologie; Estée Lauder Youth Dew Mandarin Sun Solid Perfume Compact, $89, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Dior Contour Lip Liner And Brush in Transparent, $30, available at Dior; L’Oréal EverStyle Alcohol-Free Smooth & Shine Serum, $6.99, available at Ulta; Tatcha Evening Aburatorigami, $15, available atTatcha; Tarte Glowlight Amazonian Clay Luminizing Wand, $25, available at Sephora; Guerlain Liu Eye & Lip Calligraphy Palette, $79, available at Sephora.
For the girl that always knows where the best ragers are taking place, essentials include some texturizing pomade to rough up her hair, a customizable shadow palette that allows her to change up her look with just a quick swipe of color, and a polish remover pen to take care of those chipped nails (or make impromptu nail art) in a flash.
Club Monaco Francine Clutch, $149.50, available at Club Monaco; Oribe Fiber Groom Elastic Texture Paste, $29, available at Oribe; Essie Corrector Pen, $14, available at Ulta; Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven, $28, available at Hourglass; Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette, $18, available at Urban Decay; MAC Fix +, $10, available at MAC; SephoraShimmer Sheet Set, $16, available at Sephora.
There’s no law against keeping things simple on NYE, especially when the results are this pretty. Low-maintenance but still lovely, a flawless complexion, hint of color on the lips, groomed brows, and smooth (but not overly manipulated) locks are key to mastering this minimalist style.
Acne Zeol Envelope Clutch, $400, available at La Garconne; Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, $30, available at Hourglass; Ted Gibson Hair Sheet Styling Hair Polishing Towelette, $25, available at Beauty.com; Stila Small Snowflake Eye Shadow Palette, $26.39, available at ASOS; Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia, $6.99, available at Drugstore.com; BenefitPerk-Up Artist Custom Complexion Correctors, $30, available at Benefit; Clinique Blended Face Powder And Brush, $22, available at Clinique.
It might be the dead of winter, but that doesn’t mean your party look needs to be all dark colors and shellacked hair. Pop a bright lipstick, some texturizing hair powder, and deodorant (just because you worked up a sweat on the dance floor doesn’t mean everyone needs to smell it on you!) in your vibrant bag to give your style that good-time-girl vibe.
Rafe New York Angeline Envelope Clutch, $225, available at Zappos Couture; 21 Drops Pick Up Fix, $14, available at 21 Drops; Lulu Organics Organic Hair Powder Travel Size, $9.50, available at Saffron Rouge; Aveda Lip Saver, $8.50, available at Aveda; Philosophy Amazing Grace Deodorant, $18, available at BeautyBar; Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Palette, $42, available at Bloom; Rodial BB Venom Eye, $36, available at SpaceNK.
Planning to pull out all the stops? If super-dressy is your MO, you’ll want to drop some glitzy accessories, a luxe hydrator, and a safeguard against sky-high heel-induced injuries in your fancy purse.
Kardashian Black Glitter Clutch, $29, available at Dorothy Perkins; Dr. Scholl’s For Her Rub Relief Stick, $5.99, available at Target; Gucci Guilty Shimmering Body Powder, $40, available at Macy’s;Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $18, available at Caudalie; Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Eye Palette, $75, available at Bobbi Brown; Tasha Glitz Bobby Pins in Hematite, $28, available at Nordstrom; Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes, $1.97, available at Walmart.
A soft and girly shadow palette, eye-brightening cream, and a tiny hairspray are the perfect arsenal for the gal looking to keep things soft and girly. Don’t forget the Spin Pins in case you want to throw your mane up into a romantically-disheveled bun midway through the night.
Diane von Furstenberg Tonda Printed Sequin Clutch, $345, available at Ssense; Aerin Beauty Holiday Style Palette, $70, available at Bergdorf Goodman; Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin, $2.99, available at Walgreens; Blow Pro Jet Blow Jet Set Kit, $18, available at Folica;Go Smile Fresh Mint Touch Up, $10, available at Go Smile; Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Flash Touch WakeUp Eye Care, $44, available at Barneys; Sephora + Pantone Universe Precious Foil Lipstick Palette, $25, available at Sephora.
Got your beauty routine down to a science? Then you know just what you need to look amazing without a ton of fuss: liquid liner, a multi-use color stick, and makeup remover swabs to take care of any annoying mascara migration. A cute and quirky black-tie barrette helps give your usual ‘do a bit of tongue-in-cheek fun for the evening’s festivities.
River Island Box Clutch Bag, $52.77, available at ASOS; Mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Berry, $8, available at Mark; Eyeko Skinny Mini Duo, $16, available at Sephora; Kissing Elixirs Fresh Breath Mist, $9.50, available at Beautyhabit; Ban.do Bowtie, $25, available at Ban.do; Mason Pearson Dressing Comb, $25, available at Barneys; Almay Makeup Eraser Sticks, $5.50, available at Drugstore.com.
While super-creative beauty looks can be awesome, there’s nothing wrong with the classic sleek-strands-and-smoky-eye combo — it’s a guaranteed winner. Some eye-opening (and de-puffing) essentials help keep your face fresh, while the world’s tiniest straightener practically guarantees that flyaways and wind-whipped locks will be tamed into submission. Some glittery pins and a rich crimson pout add a hint of drama to keep things interesting.
Topshop 2 Tone Leather Envelope Clutch, $72, available at Topshop; Giorgio Armani Shimmer All-In-One Palette Holiday Color Collection in No. 2, $88, available at Barneys; Tocca Colette Fragrance Rollerball, $20, available at Tocca; Sarah Potempa Mini Touch Up Iron, $35, available at Sarah Potempa; NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte, $23, available at NARS; Boscia Super Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm, $26, available at Sephora; Karina Night Shine Glitter Bobby Pins, $6, available at Folica.
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