Editor’s note: You’ll always find the most basic of makeup supplies in my handbag so I’m always interested to hear what is in others. Today Styling You reader Melissa Natale-Imbesi shares her essentials.
If it were not for the endless supply of receipts, tissues, Matchbox cars and Barbie dolls, I think I would cram as much make up into my handbag as humanly possible.
This is neither practical nor, quite frankly, possible as I am often harbouring enough bits and bobs to clean, entertain and feed an entire kindergarten.
I have recently whittled my clutter-compartment down to four essential items that are in my handbag at ALL times. These items will see you through all manner of emergencies – from unexpected drinks after work to an impromptu lunch date.
Here are my 4 handbag makeup essentials:
Concealer If I had to choose a numero uno – this would be it. If you’ve done a fair job of your base in the morning, all your really need to freshen up your skin is a bit of spot concealing. Choosing a palette with a little mirror is handy, as is one with a few different colours for mixing and matching. My favourite at the moment is the NP Set Concealer Set (1) – the packaging is slim, includes five shades, has a mirror and a handy little brush for precise application.
Lips Nothing can give your face instant life like a lovely lip colour. My handbag recommendation would be the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains (2) – these are genius. This product is hydrating and extremely buildable, so can give either a subtle wash of colour or va-va-voom lips. I make mine pull double duty and blend it into my cheeks for a bit of a pick me up when required. If you’ve got room, chuck two in – a nude shade (try the peachy-hued Charm) and a brighter one (deep, hot pink like Smitten).
Eyeliner An eyeliner can instantly glam-you-up in either a polished or smoky, sexy way. I am LOVING Essence Stays-Put-No-Matter-What waterproof eyeliners (3) at the moment. They stay put forever and are like, $2.50 – one in each colour, please. Black is timeless, so I’d go with that for the handbag. Running a slick of black over your top lash line looks great with a pop of colour on the lips, or if you want to play up your eyes try lining your waterline and smudging some black under your bottom lash line. A liner with a smudge attachment works best for this, such as Cover Girl Liquiline Blast.
Powder This one is handy if you are prone to a bit of shine. Running a quick lick of powder over your t-zone can make your skin look brand new again. I love Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (4) in Translucent. No room for a brush? Pack a couple of little make up remover rounds in your bag and gently press onto the skin. This trick also works a treat for setting concealer touch ups. Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish (Look 2 for my pale skin) is great and also provides extra coverage if needed.
So, there you have it! These four products mix and match beautifully and can elevate your look in a matter of minutes.
Are you a handbag make up hoarder? Do you think you could survive with just these items?
Melissa Natale-Imbesi is a video editor and aspiring writer living in Melbourne with her husband and two children. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with make-up and her hobbies include self-sabotage and gin & tonic.