Makeup Bags & Cosmetic Organizers
By Daniela Apeloig & Lindsay Leff
Love makeup but leave it lying all over? We know all about it. We buy every new shade of eyeshadow from our favorite makeup counters, scour the drugstore for the miraculous new mascara. From the bottom of your handbag to the shelves inside your medicine cabinet to nightstands, under sinks, and more, your makeup runneth over!
The first step in conquering your beauty build-up is the makeup bag makeover. Keep your must-haves, organize your can’t-throw-aways, and store your extras. To keep your makeup in check, keep them in the best makeup bags and organizers. There is a cosmetic bag or case for your every need. From the perfect purse case to a display case, we’ve got your makeup storage bases covered.
For the World Traveler: A Clear Cosmetic Bag for Easy Flying
You can ditch the Ziploc bag when flying—surprise the TSA agent with this Lug Clearview Train Case, $26. This water-repellent case comes in different colors, including purple, orange, pink, green, navy blue, teal, and more. The clear cosmetic bag includes a removable zippered envelope for smaller makeup products.
For the Up for Anything: Cute Multipurpose Makeup Bags Set
This Nick & Nora East West Set, $26, is fun and practical. It comes in cute and colorful patterns like birdcages, lipsticks, owls, flowers, leopard, and fruit. The set contains 2 top-zippered bags—1 large and 1 medium bag with a separate mirror. The makeup bags are made of printed cotton poly, which is protected by clear PVC. They’re easy to clean in case something spills. Use promo code # TL2011SP and you’ll get a 20% discount at tommyandlulu.com
Makeup Storage for the Girl on the Go
Perfect for the style child on the go, this Felix Rey Emma Cosmetic Pouch, $49.99, carries your everyday makeup essentials in style. Made out of PVC with hot pink nylon lining and a side patch pocket, this cosmetics bag with its large sateen bow and pyramid studding can also double as your evening clutch.
A Practical Makeup Bag for the Space-Saver in You
Want more practical, less fashion statement? If you like multipurpose makeup to save space and time, then the Trina Raquel Mini Square Organizer, $24, is the perfect bag for you. The compact makeup bag has a zipper closure and luxurious lining.
For Ms. Fix-It Cosmetic Organizers with Room for Makeup Tools
This multi-tasking Gidget Compact Brush Case by Stephanie Johnson, $52, is perfect for keeping your beauty tools and gadgets in tip-top shape. With 4 brush pockets, a detachable zipper pouch, and a clear zip pocket, not only will this case protect your brushes from dirt and regular wear-and-tear, but you can also store your must-haves beauty products for easy access. Not to mention it comes in an array of bright colors and fun patterns. Our favorite is Bollywood Pink.
For the Minimalist: Simple Fabric Cosmetic Bags
This Apple & Bee Pencil Case, $29.95 (pencil size), will hold your makeup essentials wherever you go. Made from organic printed cotton with a lush hemp lining and a zipper closure, this compact case is strictly “essentials only”!
Makeup Storage for the Must-Take-It-With-Her
Stylish and practical? Fashion scout’s honor! The Mini Kittour Daily Mini Organizer, $50, is perfect for travel. With a brown exterior and a purple, waterproof lining, this travel case holds 2 TSA-approved mini bottles, 2 small jars, a 3-piece brush set with an attached mirror for quick touch-ups. With this mini organizer, you won’t want to wait for that next vacation.
For the At-Home Makeup Artist: Lacey Acrylic Cosmetic Organizer
You’ll feel like a makeup artist once you organize your makeup in this Caboodles Black Lace Cosmetic Case, $20.79. Use individual compartments to sort lip liners, lipsticks, eye liners, and mascara, while larger compartments can hold compacts, foundation, eyeshadows, brushes, and even perfume and nail polish. The lace on the outside of the case gives a feminine and chic look.
A Dozen Places to Hold Makeup for Little Ms. Tidy
This Clear Cosmetic Organizer from Target, $29.99, is perfect for your bathroom cabinet. You can leave your brushes, sponges, and daily makeup essentials among its 12 compartments, including some for cotton balls and Q-tips. Save time getting ready every morning with your beauty products all in a row.
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The Hottest Makeup Looks from NY Fashion Week Fall 2011
By Lindsay Leff
Another NY Fashion Week has come and gone in a whirlwind of hot makeup trends: dramatic cat-eyes, daring lips, rosy cheeks, and dewy skin, leaving us in a state of beauty overload but still craving more! While we saw some tried-and-true makeup looks, a fresh bunch of makeup trends won over our hearts—and they will be gracing your faces next fall.
Makeup artists drew inspiration from past decades (the ’60s and ’70s are back in a big way!), sexy supermodels like Jerry Hall and movie characters like Faye Dunaway in Bonnie & Clyde, and even nature! But how do makeup artists turn their inspiration into hot makeup trends that land a spot in your beauty routine rotation?
Here, the industry’s best makeup artists, the beauty trends they’re setting, and the makeup products they used on the models before they sashayed down the runways. Stay ahead of the makeup trend game with our favorite looks for fall from NY Fashion Week. Then, whip out those makeup brushes and start practicing!
Pucker-Up Makeup Trend: Bold & Bright Lips
Vamp up your glam factor with the latest lipstick trend. Shades of burgundy, crimson, and red lipsticks were painted on the lips of models at Custo Barcelona, Lela Rose, Luca Luca, and Rebecca Taylor.
Why We Love the Bold-Lip Makeup Trend
Whether you don your favorite LBD or your everyday jeans and a tee, a bold lip is like the perfect accessory—it can make your fashion look. And the right shade of lipstick can make you feel like a million bucks but cost less than $20! Stuck in a fashion rut? Swipe on a layer of one of these lipstick must-haves and you’re ready to rock!
Bold Lipsticks Straight from the Runway
• Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Ruby Star, $7.49
• Stila Long Wear Lip Color in Daring, $20
• Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red, $7.99
• MAC Cosmetics LipMix in Burgundy, $14.50
Flawless Skin Goes Angelic for Fall’s Beauty Look
Fresh-faced, flawless skin is no stranger to the beauty-trend scene, but for fall 2011 makeup trends, the look was given a dose of angelic, doe-eyed glow. Seen at the shows of Max Azria, Joy Cioci, ADAM, Elise Overland, and Tadashi Shoji, we had to know the secret behind getting this look and doing it at home.
Backstage Tips on Creating the Angelic, Flawless Skin Look
Sometimes the simplest looks are the hardest to master. The key to the flawless, angelic skin trend is the perfect foundation. Test shades on your jawline (not wrists or hands) and always look at yourself in natural light before you buy. Foundation that looks like a mask is NOT sexy. The finishing touch for this makeup trend is a is a luminizer—a powder, spray, or even foundation with a bit of shimmer that gives your flawless skin its glow. Your friends won’t be anything but jealous of your restful look, even if you really are lacking those zzz’s.
Luminizers from the Runway for Angelic, Flawless Skin
• Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation, $6.99
• MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush in Blushbaby, $19.50
• Napoleon Light Patrol Luminizer Palette in Silver, $60
Bold Brows Will Be the Trendy Look Next Fall
Bold brows were front and center this season, as they framed the faces of runway models at the Mara Hoffman, Isaac Mizrahi, Timo Weiland, Tibi, and Christian Cota shows.
Why We Love the Bold Brow Trend
Last spring, brows were invisible, hidden by makeup artists with concealer. At NY Fashion Week, fall 2011 makeup looks were minimal to allow full, filled-in brows to make a comeback. So channel stunners like Brooke Shields, Camilla Belle, and Jennifer Connelly with the bold eyebrow trend, but keep the rest of your features bare. That leaves you time to shop for fall winter fashion trends for 2011.
Bold Brow Products Straight from the Runway
• Make Up for Ever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector, $19
• MAC Cosmetics Impeccable Brow Pencil in Taupe, $15
• Napoleon Eye Pencil in Brown Sugar, $18
• Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Birch, $20
• Le Metier de Beauté Brow Bound Eyebrow Pencil, $36
Smokey Eye Trend Goes Technicolor
The always-on-trend smokey eye look had us mesmerized as models came down the runways of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Sophie Theallet, Prabal Gurung, Marchesa, and Chris Benz. One of our favorite makeup looks turned up the color this year!
Backstage Tip for Colorful Smokey Eyes
The smokey-eye trend is one of the best ways to dress up a makeup look and add drama. This season, the makeup trend took a twist with colors like navy, red, emerald, and beige smudged over lids. Blends of cream shadows were used to create bold color and definition. To keep the eye shadows from creasing, prep eyes with a primer. If those pesky creases still rear their not-so-pretty heads, use your finger to smudge the crease back into the shadow. Luckily, this is one makeup trend that looks best a bit unkempt.
Colorful Smokey-Eye Makeup Products Straight from the Runway
• NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Cleo, $33
• MAC Cosmetics Crème Shadow in Peril (available fall 2011)
• Le Métier de Beauté True Colour Eye Shadow in Peachy Keen, Innocence, or Fire Lily,
• Lancôme Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Teal Fury or Mauve Cheri, $48 each
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