Big Primpin’: What To Stash In Your NYE Clutch

If you’re planning to hit the town this NYE, you’ve got some tough choices to make. You obviously want to look amazing, but you also don’t want to tote around a giant bag full of beauty essentials. Yet unfortunately, it’s not always possible to guarantee your hair and makeup will stay looking fly all night long — which necessitates the lugging-along of said beauty essentials and creates the party version of a Catch-22. Ugh.

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 AnthropologieEstée Lauder Youth Dew Mandarin Sun Solid Perfume Compact, $89, available at Saks Fifth AvenueDior Contour Lip Liner And Brush in Transparent, $30, available at DiorL’Oréal EverStyle Alcohol-Free Smooth & Shine Serum, $6.99, available at UltaTatcha Evening Aburatorigami, $15, available atTatchaTarte Glowlight Amazonian Clay Luminizing Wand, $25, available at SephoraGuerlain 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 MonacoOribe Fiber Groom Elastic Texture Paste, $29, available at OribeEssie Corrector Pen, $14, available at UltaHourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven, $28, available at HourglassUrban Decay Build Your Own Palette, $18, available at Urban DecayMAC Fix +, $10, available at MACSephoraShimmer 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 GarconneHourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, $30, available at HourglassTed Gibson Hair Sheet Styling Hair Polishing Towelette, $25, available at Beauty.comStila Small Snowflake Eye Shadow Palette, $26.39, available at ASOSBurt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia, $6.99, available at Drugstore.comBenefitPerk-Up Artist Custom Complexion Correctors, $30, available at BenefitClinique 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 Couture21 Drops Pick Up Fix, $14, available at 21 DropsLulu Organics Organic Hair Powder Travel Size, $9.50, available at Saffron RougeAveda Lip Saver, $8.50, available at AvedaPhilosophy Amazing Grace Deodorant, $18, available at BeautyBarKevyn Aucoin The Lip Palette, $42, available at BloomRodial 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 PerkinsDr. Scholl’s For Her Rub Relief Stick, $5.99, available at TargetGucci Guilty Shimmering Body Powder, $40, available at Macy’s;Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $18, available at CaudalieBobbi Brown Extreme Party Eye Palette, $75, available at Bobbi BrownTasha Glitz Bobby Pins in Hematite, $28, available at NordstromNeutrogena 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 SsenseAerin Beauty Holiday Style Palette, $70, available at Bergdorf GoodmanGoody Simple Styles Spin Pin, $2.99, available at WalgreensBlow Pro Jet Blow Jet Set Kit, $18, available at Folica;Go Smile Fresh Mint Touch Up, $10, available at Go SmileYves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Flash Touch WakeUp Eye Care, $44, available at BarneysSephora + 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 ASOSMark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Berry, $8, available at MarkEyeko Skinny Mini Duo, $16, available at SephoraKissing Elixirs Fresh Breath Mist, $9.50, available at Bowtie, $25, available at Ban.doMason Pearson Dressing Comb, $25, available at BarneysAlmay Makeup Eraser Sticks, $5.50, available at


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 TopshopGiorgio Armani Shimmer All-In-One Palette Holiday Color Collection in No. 2, $88, available at BarneysTocca Colette Fragrance Rollerball, $20, available at ToccaSarah Potempa Mini Touch Up Iron, $35, available at Sarah PotempaNARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte, $23, available at NARSBoscia Super Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm, $26, available at SephoraKarina Night Shine Glitter Bobby Pins, $6, available at Folica.

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