October 2023

Makeup Minis: Small-Size Makeup Products That Pack a Big Beauty Punch

By Lindsay Hahn


With warm spring weather right around the corner, fashion thoughts turn to skimpy tops, sexy sundresses, and sun-worthy swimsuits. So, it’s time to slim down. Out with the bulk and in with the minis! No, not a detox diet slim-down. Makeup minis! We love teeny-tiny beauty products that pack a super-size style punch! Need to be red-carpet ready or simply pack for a weekend getaway? You don’t always need a satchel handbag or a makeup case for travel. Here are 9 makeup products to travel light from day to night.

Makeup Minis for Nails: Nail Polish & Emery Boards
On the go? No time for a manicure? Mini nail polishes are perfect for travel or a quick chip fix. From a soft sweet pink to an edgy urban purple, the Sephora by OPI Urban Ballerina Mini Collection offers 4 must-have nail polish shades for $18. The hot color trend for spring? It’s all about Black Swan chic—think purples and grays. If you dream of a complete manicure experience on the go, smooth away your rough edges with Anne Taintor Born To Be Wild Emery Boards for $7.49. These matchbooks contain 12 colorful emery boards. Their witty phrases and vintage ’50s motif will add some flair and fun to your nail routine.

Makeup Minis for Lips: Lip Gloss
When stocking your makeup bag, don’t let lip gloss size panic limit your lip color options. No space is too limited for lip gloss. Pucker up in style! Trish McEvoy’s Emergency Card means never needing to pick favorites! For $32, you get 8 flattering glosses—a color for every makeup look—in a sleek, slim case. And 100% of the proceeds go to the Girl Scouts of America—gotta love a beauty product that gives back! And there’s no need for lips to go bare when you carry Cargo’s Daily Glosses, $12 for a 30-day supply. Each gloss is packaged individually, so just tear off a lip gloss tab and toss it in your purse.

Makeup Minis for Eyes: Masacara, Eye Shadow & Eyeliner
Don’t let size fool you! Dior’s Best in Show Mini Mascara Duo Set gives you 2 of the best mascaras in the beauty products biz. Use Dior’s original mascara to create those lush, catwalk-ready lashes. All eyes will be on you wearing the other mascara mini, DiorShow Black Out mascara. It adds a little oomph and a lot of drama to your lashes. Wear each masacara alone or layer them for that ultra-glam, show-stopping look. Two minis for $18. It doesn’t get better than that.

A bold eyeshadow always adds wow-power! The Bobbi Brown Mini Bobbi Brights Paletteicon packs 20 fun eyeshadow colors compatible with any complexion. Back away from the neutrals and try out these fresh pastels and rich pigments for $70. Step into the limelight and play up your eyes! This eyeshadow palette is a makeup mini must-have!

Are you looking for your Romeo, Don Juan, or Casanova? While you wait, you’ll fall head over heels for The Balm’s Pick-Up Liners. Each makeup-mini set has 3 mini eyeliner pencils. But this is not your schoolgirl pencil set! For $19, the tiny makeup case even includes a sharpener.

Makeup Minis Tool Set: Makeup Remover & Tweezers
The weather can be your makeup’s worst enemy, but don’t let the heat or rain ruin your picture-perfect eyes. If your mascara or eyeliner starts to run, grab bareMinerals On-The-Spot Makeup Remover. With a skin conditioning solution, these individual cotton swabs are perfect for quick fixes. For $5 a package, they are also the ideal eraser for those post-shower mascara raccoon eyes.

Let there be no more stray hairs . . . it’s time to tweeze—mini style! Tweezerman Hot for Dots Mini Slant Tweezers are the perfect portable size for grooming on the go. Whether you are at home, traveling, or just running errands, tweezers are always an essential tool. The original Tweezerman tweezers are a PageDaily beauty gadgets and tools award winner, and the mini version doesn’t disappoint. For $15, you get the same amazing precision with a playful, sassy dot pattern.

Makeup Mini Bonus: Purse Perfect

We just had to make a “mini” makeup exception when we saw a mini purse! Picture this: you are almost ready for a night out on the town but your bulky wallet won’t fit into your ultrafabulous clutch. Don’t stuff your credit cards into a pocket! Just rock the Callet—a silicone cell phone case with built-in pockets to hold your cash and cards. Made for the Blackberry or iPhone, the Callet is all about taking up minimal space. For $14.99, you carry a lot in a little!

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