Beauty On-The-Go: 5 Products You Need in Your Handbag

By Celina Mahoney

 Perfecting the products you take with you can be hard: one day you don’t even have a lipstick to touch up and the next you’re lugging around your entire collection. But what should you really have with you to stay fresh throughout the day? These are our top products to keep you prepared without weighing down your bag!

  1. Powder foundation

This is a must have for everyone! Not only will these help oily t-zone’s at bay, but will add some extra coverage to assist with a patchy or fading base. Plus, if you need to add some extra glam for a quick office to bar transition, you’ll be set!

We love: Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation ($59 from Adore Beauty)

  1. Brow gel

There’s nothing worse than looking in the mirror and realising your brows are wandering around your face. Get them under control in a flash by having a brow gel on hand. Simply swipe through for on-point brows! Opting for a product that contains fibres is also a great option for an extra boost during the day.

We love: ModelCo More Brows ($18 from

  1. Sample Mascara

Mascara is a product that can quickly transform any look. We recommend always carrying a sample size around, as adding a few coats to your lashes can take you from work to night out in an instant! Plus, a lot of companies these days are selling mini mascara and eyeliner duos, making a quick makeover extra easy!

We love: Eyeko London Mascrara and Eyeliner Duo ($36 from Mecca)

  1. Contour Kit

This might seem a bit excessive for the everyday beauty, but for the true makeup junkie this is a must! There mini combos to suit a number of skin tones and preferences: blush/bronzer, blush/highlighter etc. Amp up your look and be ready for any occasion with this dual use compact.

We love: Nars Hot Sand Orgasm Duo ($35 from Mecca)

  1. Travel Brush Set

While it can be easy to use the powder puffs that come with products in an emergency, if you are truly committed to on-the-go glam we recommend investing in a travel brush set! Not only will this give better results, they are compact enough to fit easily in your bag. Most come with a travel case, but if they don’t pick up a small pencil case (Sportsgirl has a great selection!) and keep your brushes in the font pouch and your makeup in the back!

We love: Sephora Collection Travel Brush Set ($17 from Sephora) and Sportsgirl Beauty Bag ($14.95 from Sportsgirl)

These are our top suggestions to help you touch up during the day or amp up your look for last minute plans. What do you always have on hand? Let us know in the comments below!