Finding the Perfect Makeup Bag for Travel

For a couple of years now, I have been looking for a makeup bag that would be just perfect for me, but so far I haven’t found my dream bag.  It’s actually kind of hard to find something that has the right amount of space – neither too much or too little – and can keep everything tidy and protected.  I don’t like the bags that are just a big open space because it leads to everything getting jumbled up and the tips of your brushes aren’t very protected either.  So, I want a space where I can easily organize compacts, palettes, and that type of thing and it needs a separate space where I can keep my brushes tidied away with their delicate tips protected. I also don’t want to have to pay a fortune for a travel makeup bag, even though I’ll probably use it a lot, I’m just not sure it is worth a big spend.  Currently, I use the travel bag that came with my Sonicare toothbrushes a long time ago.  It has been a pretty good repurposing of a bag that I never used for its intended purpose, but it has some weak spots that I think can be improved on.  It is not bad overall but the little pocket where I put my brushes and things lets them slide all over the place and they tend to fall out when you open and close it.  Plus, the other side has these elasticated bands that are to hold the toothbrush in place really, but just get in the way and don’t really fit for my new purpose.  I have a hard time fitting everything into it too because it is just ever so slightly too small.

So, where do you find your dream bag?  I’ve looked at various luggage stores and places that sell that kind of thing, but haven’t found anything that really matches what I want.  Then the other day I read a review of the Hold Me bags and they are pretty close to what I want, but not quite there, and they were like $75.00 so that is way, way more than I want to pay.  Luckily for me, my mom who is very crafty and a good seamstress (though she never gives herself enough credit), has just retired and has some time for projects like this.  And even better, she has actually agreed to try to create the perfect bag for me.  Of course, that means I have to put a lot of thought into what I want and sizes and everything, but in the end I should end up with a bag that is really going to work for me.

The first step in the process of figuring out what my dream makeup bag should be like, is determining what all needs to go in the bag.  With airline regulations requiring your liquids all be carried in a clear bag, that means that I don’t really have to include those types of items.  However, I have decided that I would include everything except my skincare items in my makeup bag, that means things like my foundation, concealer, lipgloss, and mascara (which I’m never sure if it should go in my clear bag of liquids or not).  I took pictures of all of the items that I usually take with me in my makeup bag when we travel.  I have a picture that includes all of the brushes and tools, one that is the actual makeup that I use, and then two other pictures that show additional eyeshadow products I might bring along depending on the type of trip.  I’m sure some of you will be shocked by the sparseness of the contents, but I do usually go for the less is more look when we travel.  It is easy to include a second lipgloss or lipstick to get a different look going.  The quicker I can get ready in the morning on holiday the more time I have to actually see and do holiday stuff, not to mention it keeps my husband happy too.

After looking at the stuff that I take and maybe a few other items that should possibly go in the bag, like a toothbrush and my contact lens case, I’m starting to develop some ideas.  I like the idea of having an area with little individual pockets for brushes, liner pencils, lip products; keeps them organized and easy to find.  I think the other area should have a bit of depth to it, but not too much to contain compacts, my little containers of powder and foundation.  It would be great if this section could have velcro dividers like my camera bag so that you can put them in or out to personalize the organization of the space, plus they add a bit of protection to everything.  I’d also like it if there was a separate slim space that would be big enough for my eye shadow palette and/or a packet of makeup wipes.  And of course, the whole thing should be made out of some fabric that will easily wipe clean with a cloth and should fasten with velcro strips so that you always have a little bit of extra leeway in packing it, not like the rigid constraints of a zipper.

So, I’m hopeful between my mom’s cleverness and my love of organization and precision, we can come up with something that is an improvement over the cheap clear zippered bags or the Sonicare toothbrush bag that I use now.  Granted, that bar is pretty low, but I think we can come up with something better.

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