MONDAY MOMENT “Choosing the Right Makeup Bag” … by Make Up Like A Pro

Good morning everyone!

As it is Monday and I am now officially live with Make Up Like A Pro, I was pondering about what I should talk about to start with.  The posts on here that you might have read from the past few weeks are those from my Facebook “Like” Page which I have transferred over.  But this is the first of my REAL blog info!  As I get going with my blog, you’ll notice that I’ll try as much as I can to follow a format with my posts, so you’ll get an idea about what’s coming up, before I publish it!!

Ok, so today is Monday… what’s in store on a Monday?

Every Monday I’m going to post an article that I’ve written which will be on a specific topic.  It will be crammed full of really useful info just for you and it could be about anything … from choosing the right pair of tweezers … to picking the right makeup bag … J

So, what am I going to talk about today?

Choosing the right Makeup Bag

Choosing the right bag

As a Makeup Artist in Film and TV, people often ask “what part of your kit could you do without”?  My first thought is what product do I need / use / love the most?  And I’ll give them an answer like my MAC prep and prime, for example.

But actually, there’s something that gets forgotten quite often and that is my kit bags!

What I use for home and what I use for work are pretty different though because, bluntly, I need a lot less makeup for myself at home but they are just as important as each other. Predominantly, that is for keeping me and my kit organised.

If you don’t fancy buying a bulky makeup case but you want to keep YOUR makeup “kit” organised, you should opt to buy a makeup bag.  There are so many different shapes, styles and sizes out there for you to choose from and some often pass up as a fashionable handbag which can be a bonus!  However, you need to make sure that whatever you choose, it is portable and convenient.  If your aim is to carry only the basic beauty essentials whilst you’re on the go, then opt for a small to medium sized makeup bag.  You should carry your basics such as eye shadow, lipstick, blusher and powder for touch ups during the day.  Have you thought about choosing one that is see-through so you can get to your products easily?

Your makeup bag will be suited to you and designed to meet your specific needs, which is why it usually carries just the essentials and should fit in your handbag.  The size and design will determine the price you will want to pay too.  You don’t want to over-crowd it and break the zip… and you won’t be able to find anything in it if you cram it too full!


Crammed Full!


One of my most important processes in getting ready for a new Film, is to make sure that my kit is well organised.  This is crucial so that I know where something is at the drop of a hat.  So, for me, selecting a makeup bag that is transparent is an obvious practical choice. For you it might be getting one with separate compartments, which will save you space and it will keep your makeup bag more organised.  Just imagine the hassle of tipping out the contents on a busy train because you can’t find your lippie!  Make sure that you consider the functionality of the bag before you buy it.

Think about where you want the zip to be.  Will your bag open at the top so you can see deep into it, or do you want it to open up around the sides so that you can see more breadth?  Where you will be using it when you’re doing touch ups?  If you’re sitting on a crowded train then think about getting a bag that’s deeper so it won’t spill out of the sides.  On the other hand, if you are sitting at a desk you may prefer to use one that opens up wide, and displays your makeup to you.




Finally, choose a makeup bag that is made from good quality material that won’t easily tear.  Aside from being sturdy, pick a material that is easy to clean! I had a glitter explosion in one of my eye shadow bags last week but because I had a plastic see through case, I washed it and it returned to looking brand new!  Nylon and vinyl makeup bags are often popular choices because of their flexibility and sturdiness and you can also clean them by wiping them easily with a damp cloth.

Glitter Bomb!

Don’t forget that the price and the brand are not always accurate indicators of good quality bags either.  Often you can get a more affordable bag which will be the same quality as a designer one.

Always be critical and wise when selecting your bag and always bear in mind that size, functionality and material are what really matter.  It’s your tool kit at the end of the day and you need it protected.


By Make Up Like A Pro


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