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The 7 Best Makeup Bags and Cases for Literally Every Occasion

Saanya Ali

Photo: Getty Images/Frank Rothe
While putting on makeup can be a fun way to express yourself and add a pop of color or sparkle to your look, packing your makeup is often just the opposite. With travel slowly and surely opening back up, odds are you're probably on the hunt for the perfect makeup bag to stash all of your quarantine beauty and skin-care purchases, in addition to being easy to chuck into your suitcase or weekender.

That said, when it comes to choosing the perfect bag for you, it really boils down to what you need it for, what products you plan to carry, and where you're heading. A makeup case for a girls' trip to Vegas will probably look very different from the one you keep in your gym bag. A good makeup bag will be the right size for your trip (and the number of products you plan on packing), protect everything else in your suitcase or purse from the occasional spill, have compartments to keep everything organized, and be made from a durable and easy to clean material. Keep scrolling to shop the seven best makeup bags for every occasion, in every price range, and a whole variety of colors.

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Best for travel: Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag — $55.00

This neoprene pouch would put Hermione Granger’s never-ending bag to shame with how much you can fit in it. The Hunter is perfect for makeup or toiletries and features a mesh pocket with three loops to hold cylindrical containers of lip gloss, mascara, or perfume, and two removable pouches that are great for brushes and small items that you don’t want to get lost. Plus, it’s insulated so you won’t have to worry about opening it up to find melted lipstick.

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Most versatile: Relavel Travel Makeup Train Case — $14.00

With this versatile makeup case, creativity is key. The removable tiles let you design your storage to meet your specific needs and build as many or as few compartments as you’d like. The zipper pocket and three large pouches are also perfect for keeping your brushes safe and make the bag great for storing jewelry, electronics, camera accessories, or even a shaving kit.

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Best to keep in your purse: Cuyana Leather Travel Case Set — $120.00

With 16 different colors to chose from, this case duo is perfect for throwing in your purse or gym bag for mid-day touch ups. The two size options means that you can use one for your travel-sized toiletries and the other for your makeup essentials to keep everything organized. The leather is also beautiful, soft, responsibly sourced, hand-made in Argentina, and can be monogrammed.

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Easiest to clean: Longchamp Le Pliage Toiletry Case — $95.00

This nylon case with leather detailing is both practical and perfectly bougie. The one-compartment storage means that you can just throw everything in and dash, making it the ideal makeup case for a week-long getaway. Like its matching tote bag, the smaller toiletry case screams “classic.” We also love that the nylon material makes it easy to clean any stains by hand and how durable it is.

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Best all-in-one: Laruce x Dermovia Essential Face Brush Set — $300.00

Want something that packs flat and already comes stocked with your essentials? This Laruce brush set and makeup bag has individual holders for each of the brushes to keep them separated and protected, a front flap to cover the bristles, and a side pocket to hold all of your blushes, bronzers, and other makeup and skin-care faves.

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Most protective: Béis Cosmetic Case — $58.00

For the perfect mix of structured and stylish, this cosmetics case has got you covered. What’s more? The brand, Béis, was founded by actress and style icon Shay Mitchell, so it’s bound to be great. The sleek aesthetic is oh so chic and easy to pack since it’s flat, and the top handle makes it quick to pull out of your overflowing suitcase.

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Best hard top: Caboodles Voyager Train Case — $34.00

This structured train case is great for long journeys, and you can rest assured that nothing inside will get squished or broken. It has a cool, vintage look and features soft edges that make it very en trend and aesthetically pleasing. The inner storage compartments are made to keep everything in its allotted place, and the easy-to-carry handle makes pulling it out of your suitcase a piece of cake.

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