6 Things Every Woman Needs in Her Makeup Bag

Don’t go out without having these in your pouch!

1. Mascara/Eyelash curler

Tarte Picture Perfect Lash Curler, RM105; Too Faced Better Than False Eyelashes, RM49

These really are the secret weapon of eye makeup, and the perfect way to revamp your look at lunchtime or before a night out. A good mascara can make your eyes pop make you look more ‘awake’. And it keeps the focus on your eyes, perfect for hiding any issues you’re having elsewhere on your face that day, like shine or a pimple.

2. Mirror

M.A.C. Cosmetics Duo-Image Compact Mirror, RM31

Something most women often forget to carry. Invest in one with two surfaces – a normal one and a magnifying mirror. When washrooms are no here to be found, at least you’ll have your compact mirror with you.

3. Makeup wipes

NIVEA Pure & Natural Facial Cleansing Wipes 25 sheets, RM16.50

Always carry a pack of makeup wipes in your bag just in case there’s a makeup mishap like smudged eyeliners or feathering lipstick. You can’t rely on just water and tissue anymore because we’re all using waterproof makeup these days. Invest in mini packs you can chuck in your clutch because you never know when you’ll need a quick clean up at a dinner party.

4. Lipstick/Lipgloss

Urban Decay Revolution High-Colour Lip Gloss in 69, RM85

Audrey Hepburn once said “I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick.” We couldn’t agree more. The right lipstick has the power to change your look instantly. So don’t be afraid to add in a couple of different shades in that pouch for different occasions. You may use a subtle colour for meetings and work, but always include a classic red for an event out. You can never go wrong with a red, just findthe right shade for your skin tone.

5. Perfume

Versace Bright Crystal 30ml, RM 218

Did you know that perfume can only last for a maximum of 6 to 8 hours? So by the time you finish work the scent is gone. That’s why you should always carry a travel-sized bottle or a sample perfume vial in your bag. You don’t want to arrive at your dinner appointment smelling like you’ve just run a marathon. Super-duper important in Malaysian weather. Want an alternative that has two purposes? Scented hand cream. In a pinch, this one moisturises (both hands, and dry elbows, legs and ankles) and leaves you smelling fabulous! You can even use it to tame frizz.

6. BB cushions

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening, RM210

Always need to touch up your makeup on the go? BB cushions are your best bet. Unlike BB creams or liquid foundations, the cushion foundation, which is soaked in a sponge, is lightweight, and applying a thin layer to your makeup is will cover up plenty of cracks. What more, it comes in a compact case with a puff sponge applicator, making it incredibly easy to bring with you everywhere.