12 Best Travel Makeup Bags of 2024, Tested & Reviewed

Don’t @ us if you see us wearing some of these as clutches IRL.

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I'm talking makeup bags that not only have compartments for organizing but are also roomy enough to fit everything I need and easy to wipe down and clean. The best makeup bag for you comes down to preference and what type of traveler you are—which is why I did the research for you and rounded up the 12 best makeup bags for every situation, from train cases that won’t leak perfume and nail polish to tiny bags to hold lipstick inside your purse to clear bags for the most organized travelers. Yup, seriously, every type of travel makeup bag. Here’s a peek:

Our top picks for the best travel makeup bags in 2024:

Hunter Neoprene Toiletry Bag

Best Overall Travel Makeup Bag

Dagne dover hunter neoprene toiletry bag.

Structured Beauty Clutch

Best Chic Travel Makeup Bag

Rose inc structured beauty clutch.

Zippered Faux-Leather Makeup Bag

Easiest to Clean Travel Makeup Bag

Meiyuuo zippered faux-leather makeup bag.

The Beauty Bag

Best Large Makeup Bag

Glossier the beauty bag.

Travel Makeup Train Case

Best Travel Makeup Train Case

Relavel travel makeup train case.

The Hanging Toiletry Bag

Best Hanging Travel Makeup Bag

Away the hanging toiletry bag.

Large Clear Cosmetics Case

Best Clear Travel Makeup Bag

Calpak large clear cosmetics case.

Drawstring Makeup Bag

Best Lay Flat Travel Makeup Pouch

Lay-n-go drawstring makeup bag.

See-All Vanity Case

Best Personalized Travel Makeup Bag

Paravel see-all vanity case.

Leather Travel Case Set

Best Leather Travel Makeup Bag

Cuyana leather travel case set.

Without further ado, here are the best travel makeup bags because you deserve the best of the best, bb. Then, keep reading for everything you need to know to choose the best makeup bag for your needs.

Allow me to introduce you to my favorite travel makeup bag of all time: The Dagne Dover Hunter Neoprene Toiletry Bag. Made of stretchy and durable neoprene , you can jam-pack a million and one things into this bb, and it'll zip right up. Take it from me, a beauty editor who has every beauty product in the book. Plus, two zip pouches are included, including one that's perfect for your makeup brushes .

Glowing Customer Review: "I wasn’t sure at first since it seemed like just another bag, but I was wrong. I use it literally every day and for travel. I love the feel of neoprene and it’s held up as I have tossed it from bag to bag, to luggage, to countertops, to car floors."

If you see me using this as a clutch IRL, keep walking! This beauty clutch is stylish and roomy enough to fit even the third or fourth blush you swear you need (relatable). My favorite part is obvi the design, but the soft buttery feel, as per reviewers, is a testament to the quality of vegan leather used.

Glowing Customer Review: “I’ve been eyeing this clutch for some time. I decided to purchase and am so happy I did. The vegan leather is buttery soft while still holding its structure open and closed. It holds a fair amount. I store my skincare and makeup for the day. I also love the simple and elegant aesthetic. I’m so happy I found this brand. It’s a great quality bag and well worth the purchase!”

If your travel makeup bags tend to look dingy and stained after a few trips, you’ll be happy to know this one is made with a faux leather exterior that is essentially the antithesis to all of that. First of all, it’s sturdy and structured, so it won’t get crushed and dinged up in your suitcase , but it can also easily be wiped down if it gets makeup or dust on the outside from traveling.

Glowing Customer Review: “The bag is incredibly stylish and comes in a variety of colors and patterns to suit anyone's taste. The material is high quality and easy to clean, so it always looks great no matter how often I use it. Another great thing about this makeup bag is that it's versatile enough to use for other purposes as well.”

Glossier may be known for its dewy serum and moisturizing lip balms , but they ~did the thing~ with this massive makeup bag. I mean, I can fit all my brushes, curl creams , and skincare essentials sitting upright in this spacious tote, meaning less spilling and toppling over for my liquids. Plus, it’s got tons of compartments to tidily store all of my products, like the removable inner pouch where I tend to put lip glosses and eyeliners.

Glowing Customer Review: “This bag is perfect! I was a little worried it would be a bit too big because I wanted a nice little cute bag and I didn't have a lot of makeup. However, it turned out fine! I am so excited to use this bag and tote it around with me everywhere!”

This soft (yet structured) makeup train case is actually super similar to the cases used by professional makeup artists. It has adjustable, removable dividers (so you can organize your products in the slots however you want), along with a zippered side pocket, four elastic pouches for your brushes (or mascaras, lipsticks, eyeliners , etc.), and a flap that flips over and velcros everything snugly in place.

Glowing Customer Review: “This makeup bag has so many different compartments, as well as a velcro pouch that fits all your brushes, tweezers, or lip liners. I love this bag because if you have certain eyeshadow palettes that don’t fit, you can move around the sections and rearrange it to your liking.”

This hanging cosmetics bag is surprisingly spacious and honestly just excellent for organizing in a hotel or Airbnb bathroom. Just unzip the sides, and you’ll find a hook so that you can hang this portable organizer on the back of a door, towel hook, or in your closet. The middle opens up to four waterproof and transparent pockets for your toothbrush, foundations, face oil , etc.

Glowing Customer Review: "The toiletry bag is very spacious yet easily fits into most luggage. The removable plastic pouch lets you conveniently store liquids and carry them separately. Highly Recommend."

I hate having to rummage through my travel makeup bag for eons to find what I’m looking for. So, obviously, I was elated when I saw this clear Calpak makeup case, which makes finding the one brown lip pencil you brought take only a few seconds. It’s quite spacious, thanks to the two transparent compartments that give you plenty of packing options (i.e., I love putting skincare on one side and makeup on the other). And because it’s made with a faux-leather lining around the edges, it doesn’t get misshapen from all the flopping around in your suitcase.

Glowing Customer Review: “I had no idea how convenient I’d find this bag. Now I need it in every size! Being able to see exactly what I’m hunting for before digging for it? Game changer.”

If you just want to throw your makeup into a bag and move on with your life, then you’ll prob appreciate this drawstring makeup pouch. It flattens out to act as a mat to lay out all of your products while you’re doing your makeup. Then, when you’re done, just pull the drawstring for the bag to close. And if there are any messes or spills, toss the pouch in the wash (ahem, this polyester material is easy af to clean).

Glowing Customer Review: “Such a great concept. Just throw your makeup and brushes in the bag, drawstring, and go! So easy to open, lay out, and organize at your destination and have everything right at your fingertips.”

I like to travel ~in style~ and also make sure everyone knows which bag is mine on the girls’ trip, which is why I love this personalized makeup bag. You c an add a custom monogram, including your initials or a cute little emoji , that’s hand-painted to the exterior or in gold or silver foil on the handle. But style aside, this bag is also A+ for travel, thanks to its semi-clear case that makes digging for your products way easier.

Glowing Customer Review: “This vanity is very well made and elegant looking. I love the see-through sides and the classic colored top. The carry handle works great and the case holds a lot. A nice travel staple.”

It’s no secret that a majority of travel bags on the market more or less have the same type of vibe (aka neutral colors). If you’re looking for a bit more oomph, Cuyana’s offering includes two pebbled leather pouches: one larger bag for storing toiletries and tools, and a smaller pouch for smaller items like hair ties or bobby pins. The set is available in 14 leather shades and can also be monogrammed.

Glowing Customer Review: " What can I say? I like a pop of color when it comes to my accessories, and the same goes for my travel makeup bags. I love that this pick from Cuyana has so many different shades to choose from, is made of leather, and comes in a set of two."

Bloomingdale's Little Brown Cosmetics Case

Little Brown Cosmetics Case

My mom has been using this pouch for decades and for good reason: It’s petite enough to fit in your weekender bag or tote bag, but also large enough to fit your lipsticks and compact mirrors. And yup, it’s super durable, per the fact that my mom’s been using the same one (!) all this time since she just wipes down the water-resistant vinyl material.

Glowing Customer Review: “A classy classic statement clutch is what every fashionista needs. It’s waterproof and quickly identifiable in your purse or luggage. The downside to buying this item is that I have to replace it often because my daughter, sister, and friends keep taking mine! LOL.”

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You don’t need a makeup bag, necessarily, but y ou might seriously appreciate it to help organize your stuff, especially while traveling. Instead of scattering your makeup, skincare, and hair products throughout your suitcase or weekender bag, compiling it all into an organized makeup pouch can save you a lot of time and energy. But you also might prefer to store your daily makeup or skincare favorites in a makeup bag even when you’re at home. Which brings us to…

How to choose the best makeup bag

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Determine the size you need

If you’re an overpacker and tend to bring your entire makeup and skincare routine when you travel, look for a large makeup case that can fit everything (possibly even one that sits upright to save space for liquid products). But if you’re the type of person who can get by with a few swipes of mascara and concealer, you'll probably prefer a mini makeup bag or compact pouch that won’t take up as much space in your bag.

Consider your organization levels

Luckily, there are a million and one different types of makeup bags, so it all depends on how you like to organize . If you don’t care about your things being all over the place, then you kinda don’t need a bajillion pockets. But if you like things to be neat and tiny, then a makeup bag with lots of compartments and dividers is a must. For those withs lots of products, compartments and zippers will be your new BFF—whereas, if you only have a few, a simple zip pouch will do the trick.

Focus on the material

If you’re prone to spills and mess, you’ll def want a makeup bag that’s easy to clean , which means you should look for a water-resistant pouch that can be wiped down. But it all depends on your ~vibes~ from there. If you want something you can throw in the wash, try a canvas makeup bag. PVC, nylon, and vinyl makeup bags can be wiped down, along with leather and faux leather (which also have the benefit of looking cute in your hotel bathroom shelfie).

Also, consider if you want a soft or sturdy bag. If you travel with your whole vanity, then you should consider a soft bag, as they’re easier to stuff and overpack. A sturdy bag, however, is great if you travel a lot, don’t want your bag to be squished, or if you want your products to arrive as safely as possible. Bc arriving with a shattered highlighter is legit tragic.

Why trust ‘Cosmopolitan’?

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Siena Gagliano is the associate editor at Cosmopolitan and has three years of experience writing about beauty, like the best makeup storage organizers , as well as travel, including the best luggage on Amazon . She compiled this list after researching makeup bags, testing tons of them for herself, and reading reviews.

Chloe Metzger was the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan with nearly 10 years of experience writing about hair, makeup, nails, and skincare, with stories like the best perfumes , airbrush makeup kits , and curly hair products . She's tested hundreds of makeup bags over her career that helped her write this story.

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Siena Gagliano is the associate editor at Cosmopolitan , where she primarily covers beauty, fashion, travel, and lifestyle. Wanna know how to get the best brows of your life ? Gotchu. What about how to find the best fashion deals of the season, the softest sheets on the market, or exactly how to use retinol without irritating your skin? Check, check, and check. Before joining Cosmopolitan , Siena was a writer at Bustle and several other media outlets. As her 2024 goal, she has vowed to find the best (extra) dirty martini NYC has to offer—and yes, that means ~attempting~ to try every cute cocktail spot in the city (hit her up with some recs, pls). Follow Siena on Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look at that magazine life.

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Daisy Maldonado is an associate shopping editor at Cosmopolitan who loves writing about fashion trends, must-have beauty products, and digital culture. When she's not writing, you can almost certainly find her shopping (she knows her credit card numbers by heart) or obsessing over celebrity news. Although she’s acquired an extensive closet over the years, her favorite item she owns is a Harry Styles Love On Tour hoodie she purchased at his concert in Manchester. Daisy's work has appeared on Refinery29, The Daily Beast, E! News, Allure and more. Keep up with all of her chaotic travels, NYC life and fashionable moments on her Instagram. 

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Chloe Metzger is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan , overseeing the editorial content and growth strategy of the hair, makeup, and skin space on digital, while also obsessively writing about the best hair products for every hair type ( curly girl here; whattup), and the skincare routines that really, truly work ( follow her on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes pics of that magazine life). She brings nearly a decade of writing and editing expertise, and her work has appeared in Allure , Health , Fitness , Marie Claire , StyleCaster , and Parents . She also has an unhealthy adoration for Tom Hanks and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.

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These Travel Makeup Bags Will Keep Your Beauty Essentials Secure and Organized

By Shauna Beni and Meaghan Kenny

16 Travel Makeup Bags That Will Keep Your Beauty Essentials Secure and Organized

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When it comes to packing beauty essentials, everyone has different preferences. Some focus on skincare, bringing along a haul of sunscreens , lotions, and serums. Others pack just about every compact, mascara , and cream they own (plus enough lipstick shades to match every outfit). Regardless of your must-haves, the right makeup bag is key to keeping cosmetics organized and safely stored away during your travels—and ensuring you don’t end up ruining all your things from spills and leaks in your suitcase .

Thankfully, there is an endless array of cosmetic bags to choose from. We've rounded up a list of the best travel makeup bags, which range in size from mini bags meant for an overnight stay to extra-large ones that will hold everything you need for an extended vacation. Wherever you're headed, they'll keep your most prized (and pricey) beauty essentials secure and safely tucked away. Keep scrolling to see a dozen-plus of our top travel makeup bags, and if you're looking for a new method for makeup removal, take a look at this editor-tested Grove Makeup Remover Towel .

This article has been updated with new information since its original publish date.

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If you’d like your makeup bag to function as a place to store all your beauty products even when you're not on vacation, or like to travel with a lot of makeup, we recommend a large catch-all like this Calpak toiletry bag . It comes in neutral hues like pink sand, black, and moss, and has multiple interior compartments—plus an exterior back pocket—to organize your different cosmetics. There's also a side handle, making it easier to tote back and forth when you need to.

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For travelers who have no desire to pack light, Calpak's oversized cosmetics case (closed, it's as big as a sheet of printer paper) will keep all your favorite products neat and visible. The clear makeup bag unzips fully so each side can lay flat, and has an extra mesh interior pocket to hold smaller items. Plus, a top handle makes for easy carrying or looping over a bathroom hook.

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On the outside, this Béis bag looks like any other makeup bag; inside, it's obvious it was designed by someone who's traveled with a drugstore full of makeup once or twice. Inside, there's a larger-than-average compact mirror that slips out, a double-sided detachable brush holder to keep eye and lip brushes separate, and smaller compartments to store odds and ends, plus a spacious main compartment. Even better, the water-resistant lining makes it easy to wipe clean.

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If you're a fan of traveling with a color-coordinated or monogrammed luggage set , this cosmetic case is the one for you. The vintage-inspired bag is designed with a durable but lightweight shell exterior and is the perfect mini-match to the other Terminal 1 suitcases in the collection . It’s also small enough to pack inside of a suitcase but spacious enough to fit all your essentials. The internal pockets are a plus for keeping things like brushes, blush compacts, and lipsticks organized, while the top leather handle makes it easy to carry around in a hotel or Airbnb. Thanks to the zip-around outside closure, you won’t have to worry about any leaks or spills.

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Without an organized cosmetic case, doing your makeup often involves rummaging around in a bag trying to find everything. This Lay-n-Go bag, though, is a dream come true. Instead of having to dump out all your products, the bag opens up by way of drawstrings, and can be laid out as a circle on any surface, allowing every product to be on display. When finished, pull the drawstring back together and watch it transform into the size of a clutch. It also comes with a zip pocket for storage and elastic brush loops, so nothing goes rolling off the bathroom counter.

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Available in a larger size as well, this small, sleek toiletry organizer with a carrying handle is ideal for quick one- to two-day getaways when you're packing the basics. The inside is completely lined with mesh and allows makeup products like foundation, setting spray, and serums to stand straight up in their own dividers, making them easier to find. There are also small loops on the side for mascara , lip gloss, or makeup brushes. 

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Ideal for overnight or weekend stays, this Lululemon pouch is a bit smaller, providing you with just enough room to pack the essentials without being too heavy in your weekender bag . Made of water-repellent, recycled nylon, this pouch has a mesh interior pocket for items you want to keep separate, like your beauty sponge. Available in colors like raspberry, teal, pink, and black, all with the signature Lululemon logo, this is one makeup pouch you’ll have for years to come.

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An affordable option that's great for long family vacations , this Bagsmart hanging toiletry bag will fit all of your makeup products and toiletries in one. Hang it on the back of the bathroom door when you arrive and you’ll stay organized the rest of the trip. There are four separate clear sections that make finding what you need easy and prevent liquid products like shampoo and conditioner from spilling onto your makeup. Plus, the case itself has a top handle to make carrying it on-the-go even easier.

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Transparent bags are practical and efficient, allowing you to see what's inside while packing, and Paravel’s See-All vanity case offers all the style and space you need. This clear case makes finding the exact product you need easy, even smaller ones like eye creams or lip balm that typically fall to the bottom of the bag. Plus, the water-resistant (and eco-friendly) silicone coating means you don't have to worry about product spills.

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If you’re already a fan of Away’s thoughtfully-designed luggage , the brand's makeup case definitely won’t disappoint. Not only does this one look chic sitting on your bathroom counter, it actually stores all of the makeup must-haves you'd need for an entire week's vacation. The main compartment is made of water-resistant nylon with transparent pockets that make finding what you need simple. My favorite part about this cosmetic bag is the detachable brush roll that snaps to the top lid to keep makeup brushes organized and give me easy access when I need them. The bag itself has a grab handle for easy carrying and a size that won't take up too much room in your suitcase .

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This lightweight cosmetic bag from MZ Wallace is the perfect size for any getaway . It’s large enough to store all of the makeup products you’d need for a week and features an interior pocket and lining to protect it against any leaks. When you’re not using it to pack your favorite makeup products, use it as an emergency kit to store beauty essentials at the office or in your gym bag.

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This roomy bag is machine washable, so there's no need to worry about the inevitable bronzer or powder that will appear inside—throw your makeup brushes right in. It’s easy to pile in extra products in there, too, making it an ideal bag for long weekend trips . It features two mesh side pockets inside for tweezers, a lipliner sharpener, or other small items you want to keep handy.

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Sephora's cosmetic organizer really does let you pack it all. This spacious and sturdy organizer comes with two removable storage cubes ideal for products like eyeshadow, powder, and blushes. It also comes with a removable flat pouch for eyeliner or waterproof mascaras and small loops to keep your brushes in place. If you can never find what you’re looking for in your makeup bag, this one’s for you.

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This leather travel case set from Cuyana comes with two chic cases, one large bag that fits foundation, eyeshadow palettes, and skincare essentials as well as a smaller bag ideal for makeup brushes or tools like an eyelash curler. Both bags feature a microsuede interior that you can easily wipe clean after any accidental makeup spills.

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We love a hanging cosmetic bag, especially one that folds up as neatly as this Tumi travel case. With four separate compartments—three transparent, one detachable nylon pouch—it'll keep items separated and is roomy enough to act as both a Dopp kit and makeup bag. The case itself is made of easy-to-wipe-down nylon, and the handle is wrapped in leather trim.

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This petite cosmetic bag is great for day trips when you only need to bring a few essentials with you, like sunscreen , setting powder, and concealer for touch-ups. It fits easily into a tote bag or backpack without taking up too much room. Plus, its a temperature-stable bag with insulation, so your products will be protected even if you spend the day walking around in the heat—meaning you don't have to worry about melted lipstick.

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Imagine: You’ve spent months, maybe even years, trying out way too many makeup products to count, and you’ve finally curated your perfect collection of formulas, shades, and tools. You’ve lined them all up across your vanity so beautifully that even a Sephora associate would envy the display. Then suddenly, you’re a week away from your vacation and reality hits: How can I get my makeup stash there safely? There is a simple solution: Makeup bags.

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By giving all your holy grail go-tos their own proper storage space within a designated makeup bag, you’ll be able to find what you need exactly when you need it. For those who lack organizational acumen, we did our best Marie Kondo to see which of the buzziest bags out there were actually useful by filling them with bottles of lotions, creams, sprays, brushes, and powders. Then, we pretended each one was a dodgeball and threw them all around our NYC-based lab. The makeup bags who emerged victorious, with the fewest number of spills, breaks, or explosions, were then judged for material quality and compressive ability. Plus, the amount of space it took up in a carry-on bag, design, usefulness of the compartments, and overall capacity. This list is composed of our highest-ranking makeup bags that we’d be happy to take with us for a long weekend or monthslong adventure (we wish!).

Best Overall

Béis the cosmetic case.

What We Love: It comes with a mirror.

What We Don’t Love: You can’t compartmentalize as much.

Out of all the makeup cases we tested, we found the Béis Cosmetic Case to be the most universally useful. It comes with a removable mirror that’s quite generous in size, unlike some of those itty bitty mirrors you often see that are big enough to reflect one eyelash. That’s definitely not the case here—this one stands upright to give us a view of our entire face so we could do our makeup on the go.

In terms of space, there’s a center section for brushes, which is removable, and we were able to get five brushes in comfortably without flattening the bristles. Then in the main compartment, we were able to fit all of our go-to makeup products with ease, never forcing us to leave anything behind for the sake of space. There’s even a shallow zippered section attached to the top lid where we slid in our powder compacts and palettes. Even the hardware holding everything together felt luxe and sturdy, not to mention easy to wipe clean, so we had peace of mind knowing our precious (not to mention expensive) makeup collection was well protected.

We also loved how the case opened up completely, putting everything on full display and easy to access. That being said, there weren’t many compartments or straps to organize our products—everything needed to be thrown in together. When we tossed the bag around, the items remained protected and safe without spilling or coming loose, and still, we wish we could compartmentalize a little better. 

Materials: Faux leather exterior, nylon lining interior | Compartments : None | Colors: 10 | Size: 9.5 inches x 4 inches x 7 inches

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Best Budget

Narwey travel makeup bag.

What We Love: The quality feels much more high-end than what it’s priced at. 

What We Don’t Love: We wish it was slightly more cushioned.

We love a good budget option when the product feels much more high-end than what it’s priced at. That’s how we felt about this Narwey makeup case, available on Amazon. The lightweight option doesn’t lack in space, compartments, or even aesthetic appeal, making it a phenomenal option for everyday use.

Much like the previous Beis option, this bag opens up fully, giving us complete access to all our goods. On the lid-side of the bag, we could squeeze 20 brushes in the eight brush pockets (ranging in size) — there’s even a flap to cover and protect the brush heads. The bag comes with a fully removable pouch, where we kept our face palettes , a color correcting palette, three eyeliners, four lipsticks, a mascara, and a lash curler . Then in the main compartment, we stored our foundations, moisturizers, makeup removers, favorite dry shampoo , and more. Needless to say, nothing needs to be left behind with this bag, and yet it didn’t feel completely bulky—we were able to store this in our backpack and carry-on cases sans-problem. 

If we could tweak just one element, it would be to make the bag more cushioned. Although none of the makeup pieces weathered any damage during our rigorous throw test, we would feel more at ease knowing there was an additional layer of protection.

Materials: Water-resistant fabric |  Compartments : 3 | Colors: 15 | Size: 9” x 6.7” x 3.5”

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Best Hanging

Béis hanging cosmetic case.

What We Love: There’s a removable pouch, making it easy to take essential items along during day excursions. 

What We Don’t Love: It’s very bulky and large, making it harder to pack.

This is for the beauty guru who needs to bring their entire beauty routine with them on the go, even if it means sacrificing a sweater or two in their luggage space. The Beis Hanging Cosmetic Case was truly made for the expert—even professional makeup artists will find great usage out of all the space, compartments, and hanging ability. 

We first noticed how the outside has a stiffer material, making it absorb any drops and protecting the contents inside. Meanwhile, the interior is quite slick, so we would have no quarrels giving it a good clean should any powder or creams ever get spilled. The bag flaps open into three sections and has a little hook to hang for when we don’t have any counter space to lay it out flat. Thanks to all the zippers and netted pouches, nothing would fall out while being perfectly visible in its vertical position. We fit absolutely everything we could think of here — moisturizers, creams, foundations, makeup palettes, four eyeliners, five lipsticks and glosses, and still had room to spare. The pouch in the middle is also removable, which we found to be very useful when we wanted to head out for the day and bring a few essentials along. 

The biggest con was just how bulky it was. This definitely takes up a good chunk of space, and because of its semi-hard case, we couldn’t quite fold it or squish it down to save space.  

Materials: Nylon, vegan leather | Compartments : 5 | Colors: 2 | Size: 9.75” x 7.25” x 6.5”

Best for Bottles

Dagne dover mila toiletry organizer.

Dagne Dover

What We Love: It comes with removable dividers to keep bottles cushioned and separated.

What We Don’t Love: We wish the handle could be opened and closed so that we may loop it on a towel rack and save counter space.

Do you have any delicate perfume bottles, creams, or foundations you want to keep properly cushioned and separated? Then it truly does not get better than (or cuter than) this toiletry organizer from Dagne Dover. The circular and upright bag has a cushioned mesh fabric all throughout the interior, with six adjustable compartments for you to place your individual items in securely. 

We found that the bag was much more spacious than it first appeared. More than just the six main compartments, we were able to place pencils and brushes (which fit perfectly upright) in the side slits as well. Then on the opening flap, we placed sunscreens , hair ties, lipsticks, and other miscellaneous items in the zippered mesh bag. Of course, removing the dividers altogether created even more space, but we liked how our glass bottles were protected inside the dividers — not even throwing the bag across the room could affect the interior. 

Because of the flexible cushiony material, it was easy to squish the bag down and save space in our luggage as well. This could easily fit in a backpack, carry-on, and check-in suitcase all the same. We wish the handle could clasp open and close so that we could hook it on a drying rack at the hotel to save counter space. 

Materials: Recycled polyester | Compartments : 11 | Colors: 4 | Size: 5.5” x 5.5” x 5.5”

Best for Travel

Away the cosmetics bag.

What We Love: There is a discreet hidden black pocket for anything you want to keep private. 

What We Don’t Love: The makeup brush compartment clips off, but we’re not sure why as it does not conceal an extra compartment or save space this way.

A good makeup case for travel should be able to endure the rough handling of TSA, flight turbulence, and rolling over cobblestone streets. For this reason, the hard yet cushioned shell of the Away Cosmetics Bag is ideal. The neoprene exterior felt luscious and high-end, which is very on par with all of Away's products. 

We loved the no-fuss simplicity of this option — there is a clear zippered main compartment, and underneath it hides a little black pouch, fit for eyeshadow palettes and medications. The clear compartment is spacious enough to hold just about anything, from creams to lash curlers to hydrating lipsticks . And because it’s made of plastic, it’s easy to wipe off any potential spills.

On the lid side of the bag is a detachable brush holder with five pockets, although we found we could squeeze at least two brushes in each pocket. We will say, however, that we’re uncertain why they made the brush holder detachable, as it doesn’t conceal anything underneath or even save a bunch of space. The holder alone is of no use without the case either. 

Materials: Nylon, neoprene | Compartments : 3 | Colors: 2 | Size: 8.3” x 6.3” x 3.9”

Relavel Travel Makeup Case

What We Love: The internal dividers can be adjusted to your liking.

What We Don’t Love: It's too big to fit into a backpack, and will take a lot of space in a suitcase.

If you’re a professional makeup artist and have to travel to see your clients, then this is the makeup case to opt for. More than just large, this case has been expertly designed with makeup artists in mind, giving us adjustable compartments made of mesh, smooth, and easy-to-clean material. 

We’re somewhat of organizational freaks (Marie Kondo is our saving grace), and we can’t begin to describe how satisfying it is to have our un-shamefully large collection of foundations, eyeshadow palettes, lip kits and more, properly stashed in their own compartments. The brush compartment on the internal divider had scrunch pockets, and the flap that goes over the brushes sufficiently covered all of them for protection. Whatever item of makeup we had, there was a slot for it here, requiring us to leave nothing behind. Thankfully, the bag itself is very lightweight, as the weight of all our products is already heavy enough. 

The bag came with an adjustable strap, which we could wear as a crossbody or even turn into a backpack, which makes this one of the most portable cases on the list. That being said, it’s a little too large to comfortably fit into a backpack. It can easily fit into a carry-on or checked luggage but be prepared for it to take up a good chunk of space.

Materials: Nylon | Compartments : 9 | Colors: 20 | Size: 10.3” x 9” x 3.6”

Best for Brushes

Relavel small makeup case.

What We Love: We could fit at least 15 brushes in the bag.

What We Don’t Love: There is no pouch over the brushes to protect them.

She may have small in the title, but this bag actually fits a ton of product — at least enough for your everyday makeup needs. The most notable feature of this bag however is how many slots there are for brushes. From big to small, there are two walls dedicated to just brushes, easily carrying at least 15 makeup brushes in various sizes . 

The interior divider features a row of brush holders on one side, and mesh pockets on the other. Once we flipped that over, we were met with a large (but not very deep) space for all of our creams and cases. It could fit plenty of mascaras and lip glosses for everyday wear, but if you wanted to go full glam you may feel it’s not spacious enough. For the average consumer, however, we believe the soft bag is perfectly sufficient for a casual week away. 

If there’s one thing we could alter, it would be to add a little flap over the brushes in order to protect them. 

Materials: Nylon | Compartments : 5 | Colors: 21 | Size: 8.9” x 5.1” x 5.1”

Lululemon Go Getter Pouch

What We Love: It fits a lot more than it looks. 

What We Don’t Love: There aren’t any compartments to organize specific items into.

Not only is this makeup pouch small, but soft-shelled as well, making it easy to compress for travel. It’s made of the same materials as Lululemon’s infamous belt bag , which is water-repellent and durable. 

The pouch consists of one main compartment, with a mesh interior pocket and an exterior zipped pocket. It didn’t seem like much at first, but once we started placing our foundations, creams, powders, and beyond in it, we realized just how much it could hold, which is a lot (two liters of stuff, to be exact). Thanks to the nylon material, it's easy to clean should anything ever spill — and spill it might, as there isn’t really a hardcover protecting any of the contents. We advise against throwing this against any hard surfaces as the thin pouch didn’t do a great job at protecting our contents (RIP our favorite lipstick cap). This factor simultaneously does make it easier to pack, and should we not want to fill it up all the way, we could press out any air and make it more compact. There aren’t a plethora of compartments, and we did get a little lost trying to find specific items in what feels like a Mary Poppins bag, but we’re happy with how discreetly it can fit a bunch of items in a small size.

Materials: Recycled polyester, nylon | Compartments : 3 | Colors: 3 | Size: 8.7” x 3.3” x 6.3”

MZ Wallace Mica Cosmetic Case

What We Love: The cushiony exterior kept everything safe and protected.

What We Don’t Love: We wish there were one or two more compartments.

We selected this option as our best pouch pick not because of how much this bag can hold (although that is a big point), but because of its cushiony exterior. Instead of a hard shell, this quilted bag felt like a protective pillow around our valuables, while being flexible enough to press down in our suitcases.

The top zips open almost fully, making it easy to access all of our makeup. There are only two compartments — the main interior and a not so little side zip. We were flabbergasted at just how much could fit into this little black hole: three micellar waters , two travel-size shampoo bottles, a large liquid concealer, a bronzer, five lipsticks, and about seven brushes nestled next to each other, and the bag still didn’t feel like it was filled up. The bag was almost like a flexible fleece jacket to our goodies, easily accommodating our large collection of beauty products without taking too much luggage space. 

We only wish there were one or two more compartments in the pouch. Because the bag wasn't clear, we had to go on a hunt to find the creams and foundations that were sitting at the bottom. 

Materials: Leather, REC oxford | Compartments : 2 | Colors: 1 | Size: 9.49” x 4.02” x 5.98”

Best with Compartments

Sephora collection pack it all organizer.

What We Love: It’s big enough to carry both your toiletries and makeup.

What We Don’t Love: It’s too big to fit in a backpack comfortably.

With this option, you get two bags inside of one, a removable pouch, zippered compartments, and various brush holders. Needless to say, us neat-obsessives had a field day organizing all of our makeup products. And thanks to its large size, we couldn’t imagine a scenario where we wouldn’t be able to fit absolutely all of our makeup.

The top lid zips open completely, making it easy to access the various compartments. There were eight brush straps (five smaller and three larger) and a plastic flap to cover the brush heads. For celebrity makeup artist Katie Nova, having such a cover is vital, explaining that ”this separate case prevents bacterial growth, which can lead to skin irritation and inflammation.” 

Then we were met with two cubes where we separated our toiletries from our makeup products. Around the cubes we still had ample amount of space to store makeup wipes, supplements, eyeshadow palletes and more. When we threw it around, we were surprised to find everything pretty much unshaken on the inside, minus one cap that fell off. The top and the bottom of the bag is pretty solid, but the sides were softer, giving us the best of both worlds in protection and flexibility.

Be mindful that the bag is capital-L-Large. She may not fit well into a backpack, but she’ll do great at bringing absolutely all of your beauty needs on your two week trip to Italy, so long as she’s kept in a suitcase.

Materials: Nylon | Compartments : 3 | Colors: 1| Size: 10.25" x 8" x 5"

Best Train Set

Leatherology train case.

Leatherology

What We Love: There are organizational compartments on the interior side that don’t take up any space.

What We Don’t Love: It’s very tall, so it may sit awkwardly in a suitcase.

A classic train case is a stylish way to hold all your beauty products on the go. We tested several, but found this full grain leather option the most practical. While at a first glance it looks like any other spacious rectangular box, a closer look revealed that each of the walls had a different organizational perk. Two sides had a pocket sleeve with an elastic strap, one side had a slip pocket, and the last had a zippered pocket. There was even a mesh zippered pocket on the lid, where we kept eyeshadow palettes and mascaras. We loved how these compartments didn’t take up any additional space (like a divider would), while still giving us the opportunity to organize a little. 

The box is quite deep, so even our travel-size shampoos could stand upright. Unless we packed everything snugly side by side, these items would fall to their sides and look a little messy after travel. Not in a way that they would break, but simply look more disheveled than when we first packed it. Should anything spill, however, the water-resistant lining made it very easy to clean. And because the exterior is made of leather, it’s extremely sturdy and high-quality as well.

Materials: Leather, nylon | Compartments : 3 | Colors: 14 | Size: 7.5” x 5” x 5.2”

Best Organizer

Boacay hanging travel toiletry bag.

What We Love: The pockets are all clear, giving us good visibility into the interior.

What We Don’t Love: The cover is not that protective or sturdy.

It’s not enough for a bag to have great organizational capabilities, it needs to provide great visibility into our collection of products as well, and this bag does just that. It comes with a little rotating hook, which we used to hang the bag onto a towel rack.

Once fully folded open, it reveals four bagged compartments, all made of clear plastic (which by the way is easy to clean). The two center pockets are larger than the outer ones, so we stored our hair spray, body lotions , and all other cream products in there. In the smaller pouches we hid our brushes, eye creams , and any other miscellaneous items in. We had absolutely no problem storing all of our beauty products, leaving nothing behind. Although it looked stuffed to the brim, once closed it did not bulk up any more than it did while empty. It still folded easily and zippered closed without putting up a fight. Nova stresses how convenient it is to keep all her skincare and beauty products separate, but in the same container, “eliminating the need for a separate bag and simplifying my travel routine further.”

When we dropped the bag, none of the products broke due to the lightly cushioned exterior. That being said, we’d be apprehensive to do any aggressive tosses of the bag, as it’s not made of any durable or made of a hearty material. Still, with a water-repellent finish and light padding, it’s perfectly usable for everyday use.

Materials: Brushed, water-repellant | Compartments : 5 | Colors: 8 | Size: 11.4” x 3.8” x 7.5”

Best for Purses

Cuyana leather travel case set.

What We Love: It comes with two bags in one set.

What We Don’t Love: The leather exterior and interior are difficult to clean.

If you want to have your beauty items close to you while on the go, then a pouch small enough to fit in your purse is the way to go. This Cuyana set, which yes, comes with two different sized pouches, was quick to steal our hearts with its beautiful pebbled leather design. The bag opened up so wide, it was easy to pack all our essentials in and get quick access to them. The larger pouch has one slit pocket on the side, although we have to admit, it’s more for the aesthetics than any functional purpose. At most, it could fit a single palette (which to be fair, if you pick the best eyeshadow palette , that may be plenty. 

The second pouch is merely a smaller version of the large one, without the slit interior pocket. At first, we wondered why we would need two of the same bag, but then came to realize how useful it is to keep one in our check-in luggage and the other in our backpacks and close to us on the plane. Together, we could easily bring our entire makeup routine with us wherever we go. 

Because it’s made of full leather on the exterior and interior, it was difficult to clean the bag. One of our eyeshadow palettes popped open and stained the bag slightly. Luckily, Cuyana gives detailed instructions on how to care for the pouch.

Materials: Leather  | Compartments : 2 | Colors: 16 | Size: Large pouch: 7” x 12” x 3.5”, small pouch: 5” x 8” x 2.5”

Best Customizable

Cuyana travel beauty case.

What We Love: You can add a personalized monogram.

What We Don’t Love: It’s only available in two colors.

Now onto something for the makeup gurus who don’t play about their beauty collection. The price of this travel case is on the higher side, but after thoroughly testing it we think it’s worth every penny. 

Let’s start with the luxurious material, stitch, and zips. This bag is about as sturdy as it gets without having a full-on hardshell makeup case. The leather is strong and sturdy, proving to us it would protect without taking on much damage itself. The zippers glide smoothly all the way around and open in a clam-shell style, which makes it easy to access all of our products in an organized manner. 

The lid portion features four loops for brushes and an elastic pocket to collect the ends. The leather divider in the middle helps to protect the brush heads from the items on the other side, where we placed our foundations, bronzers, blushes, and more. There was even a clippable pouch that we could remove and use on its own on a flight. Because of its sleek and long shape, we placed our waterproof mascaras , eyeliners, and brow products in there. We could even sneak in an eyeshadow brush as well.

Without going overboard, Cuyana managed to deliver a well-organized yet minimalistic makeup bag in superior design and quality. Knowing that it will last us well over a decade further makes this worth the investment. Slab on the fact that we could add a personalized monogram and it’s truly *chef’s kiss*. Now we only wonder why it’s only available in two colors.

Materials: Leather | Compartments : 4 | Colors: 2 | Size: 6.2” x 10.2” x 3.1”

First, we started by researching the most popular makeup cases, ranging from small hand held pouches to larger scale professional makeup cases. After honing our selection down to 26 pieces, we called each product into our testing site where our group of beauty editors and experts assessed each individual product. Each case had to hold at least four makeup brushes, two makeup palettes, a bottle of foundation, an eyelash curler, one mascara wand, a lipstick, four toiletry bottles, and a hairspray. All bags that could contain even more were given preferential treatment. 

We also took note of how many compartments were inside each of the bags, and whether or not they were useful and/or adjustable. We then threw the bag onto the ground to see whether any pieces came undone on the inside or broke on the journey. We then debated whether each bag was travel friendly, fitting into either a backpack, carry-on, and checked suitcase. From there, we selected the best 13 makeup cases that passed all our tests with flying colors.

Before committing to a makeup case, take a look at your beauty products and consider how much you actually use on a daily basis. Next, consider the location you’re hoping to transport them to, and ask yourself what you need there. The answer to these questions will determine how large your makeup case should be. We tested a range of makeup bags, and found some big enough to suit a professional makeup artist, in need of carrying a bunch of products in various shades (we’re looking at you Relavel Travel Makeup Train Case ), and simple pouches fit to hold a good chunk of essentials for a weekend getaway (hey MZ Wallace Mica Cosmetic Case ). 

You also want to consider how you will be transporting your makeup case. Some bags, including the Leatherology Small Train Case , are too large to fit in a backpack and take a ton of space in a carry-on, but will be great in a larger suitcase. Others were so small you could bring them onboard with you in a purse, like the Cuyana Travel Case Set , and they still fit an impressive amount of products in.

Makeup isn’t cheap, so you probably want the case to properly cushion and protect your collection. That being said, harder shells or even cushioned bags take up a lot of space in your luggage, so finding something that compromises between protective yet lightweight can be difficult. Factor in the ability to wash the bag, and it can become downright mathematical. The Beis The Cosmetic Case is made with a vegan leather exterior with a semi-hard lid and bottom. If needed, the sides were flexible enough to be pressed down, so that the bag could decompress inside a suitcase a little. It’s this type of bag that destination bridal makeup artist, Tia Codrington, finds the most useful. “The bag I use has some soft breathable areas and a hard shell in the back to protect the components inside.” 

The Cuyana Travel Case Set features quality leather all throughout the pouch, which certainly helps to protect the interior but is also more difficult to clean. If you are worried about spillage, something with a clear plastic case, like the BOACAY Hanging Travel Toiletry Bag would be much more efficient. Professional makeup artists J. Guerra remarks that “Bags made of nylon or other materials that are easy to wipe down in case of makeup spills while traveling are essential.” The Beis The Hanging Cosmetic Case , Away The Cosmetics Bag , and Relavel Small Makeup Bag are all made with Nylon in the interior.

Compartments

If you don’t care too much for compartments and just need a spacious pouch to throw all your things in, look no further than the Cuyana Travel Case Set or Lululemon Go Getter Pouch . For everyone else who gets a kick out of neatly separating your liquids from your powders, consider all the organizational capabilities of your future makeup case. Guerra says that a “space for brushes, separate compartments for liquids (to comply with airport regulations), and dividers to stay organized prevent delicate powders or eyeshadow palettes from breaking apart.” So not only do compartments make packing neater, but safer for your goods as well. 

The bags that offer phenomenal compartmentalization are the Cuyana Travel Beauty Case , Beis The Hanging Cosmetic Case , and Sephora Collection Pack It All Organizer . “Some bags even have removable pouches or adjustable dividers for added safeguarding and flexibility, those are my favorite,” continues Guerra, and we have to agree. The Dagne Dover Mila Toiletry Organizer and Relavel Travel Makeup Train Case offered us just that, and we really appreciated how we could change the bag’s construction to match our situational needs.

What is the best way to pack makeup for travel?

There’s a lot to consider when traveling with makeup. On top of the above mentioned size, material, and compartments, you have to make sure you’re following TSA guidelines — like not including liquids that are more than 3.4 ounces and storing everything inside a clear container, if it’s coming with you in your carry-on luggage. Guerra, who frequently travels to meet his beauty clients, offers a few tips for traveling with makeup: “When flying, I’ll often wrap my powder palettes and compacts in bubble wrap or a small towel to prevent them from breaking en route.” If you’re absolutely worried about anything spilling, Guerra suggests “storing creams and liquids into Ziploc bags before placing them in your makeup case.” 

Codrington brings up the importance of having clear makeup cases again. Not only “has it helped me with organization, but it’s useful during security checks in the airport because security officers have a clear view of what’s inside the bag without having to go through all your stuff.” And we can all agree, there is nothing more horrifying than watching all the contents of your bag being spewed out by TSA. 

What is the best professional makeup case?

Professional makeup artists are going to need a lot more space to accommodate their wide range of products and shades. They also require easy access to their products, so bags must open wide or offer a clear case. “I typically go for bags that have a wide opening and transparent compartments. This allows me to easily see and quickly access items for red carpet touchups or makeup adjustments on-set,” says Guerra. We found that the Beis The Hanging Cosmetic Case , Relavel Travel Makeup Train Case , and Sephora Collection Pack It All Organizer , with their large size, ample amounts of compartments, and decent cushioning to be the best makeup cases for professional makeup artists. 

Bianca Kratky is a commerce writer at InStyle with three years of experience covering fashion and beauty stories. In order to write this story, she dove deep into the insights of the testers who each individually handled the makeup cases. She then consulted celebrity makeup artists J. Guerra and Katie Nova , as well as destination bridal makeup artist Tia Codrington , for further insight into what to look for when shopping for makeup cases. 

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The 20 Best Makeup Bags of 2024 to Keep All Your Products Organized

These beauty carry-alls are both fashionable and functional.

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While putting on makeup is always fun, keeping your cosmetic collection organized can be stressful—especially if you don't have one central space to store everything. For this reason, investing in a quality makeup bag is so important. These handy cases not only give you a place to store all your beauty essentials together, but they can also protect your favorite products and keep them safe from damage, leaks, or spillage.

We took into account size, material, and compartments to come up with the best makeup bags. Whether you’re looking for something small to transport touch up tools, or something with multiple compartments to keep your items still and safe while you’re traveling, we found the best makeup bags for every type of person and makeup collection.

Relavel Travel Cosmetic Case Organizer

The adjustable compartments add a significant degree of flexibility, accommodating makeup of various sizes.

It’s not very stylish.

This product is great for someone who has a large makeup collection that absolutely needs sorting and organizing while traveling. The bottom of the case comes with six adjustable clapboard compartments that you can fill with items like palettes, lipsticks, nail polish, foundations, and more. Meanwhile, the top of the case is lined with four brush holders, which is convenient for separating brush types as well as storing longer, delicate items such as eye pencils. 

“This one is my personal favorite,” says professional makeup artist and content creator Jonet Williamson . “The fact that you can customize the compartments makes it the most versatile makeup bag.” 

The Relavel Travel Makeup Case is waterproof and shockproof, the latter meaning that if you drop the case with your makeup inside, your makeup shouldn’t break. Because there is a plastic lining located in the bag, there may be a smell when you first open it, but it should go away quickly.

Material: Oxford fabric and nylon | Compartments: 11 | Dimensions: 10.3 x 9 x 3.6 inches

Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case

The clear design provides easy visibility and accessibility to contents, and its sizable dimensions make it suitable for those with larger makeup collections.

There are no internal organizational compartments, which could make sorting smaller items difficult.

This clear makeup bag from Calpak manages to be super stylish and practical all at once. “I love this bag because it's duo-sided and clear, making it super easy to separate and see your skincare and makeup products,” says Williamson. “You'll save time getting ready because you can see where everything is.”

Inside you'll find two large zipped compartments, one of which has an additional, smaller compartment attached to the flap. In this smaller compartment you can fit items such as mascaras, lipsticks, and small creams. Everything else you'll have to store together in the two bigger compartments. If a product inside breaks or there's a spill, you can rest easy knowing the entire cosmetics case is waterproof and very easy to clean.

Material: PU & PVC exterior; polyester interior | Compartments: 3 | Dimensions: 11.5 x 5.25 x 9 inches

Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag

Dagne Dover

It has strategically-designed compartments and an easy-to-clean neoprene material.

It might be too bulky for some.

Beautifully combining style with function, the Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag is the ideal travel companion for the makeup enthusiast on the go. Its plethora of compartments, including a removable air mesh brush holder and interior pockets, ensures your items remain orderly and easy to find. The bag's neoprene material is not only aesthetically pleasing but also resistant to water and wear, making it perfect for any kind of travel, from a tropical getaway to a road trip. 

Material : Neoprene | Compartments : 6 | Dimensions : 9 x 4.75 x 5.5 inches

Beis The Cosmetics Case

The multiple internal pockets and brush holders provide excellent organization.

Its relatively large size might not be ideal for those seeking a more compact makeup case for lighter travel.

This makeup bag offers unique features not commonly seen in other travel makeup bags. First and foremost, the Beis Cosmetic Case comes with a sizable, removable mirror that can stand up on its own. This addition makes it super easy to touch up or reapply your makeup while on the go. There is also a brush holder that features two compartments and a plastic flap that covers the brushes, and is easily removable from the case via magnets attached to the inside of the makeup bag. On the back of this brush holder you'll find a small zip compartment that is able to hold items such as eye pencils, liners, and lip glosses.

The bottom of the makeup bag is a roomy catch-all that can easily house blushes, palettes, powders, primers, and more. There are also two long compartments on either side that can house smaller, thinner items that may not fit on the back of the brush holder. The Beis Cosmetics Case comes in two colors, black and beige, and is made of faux leather and lined with a waterproof PVC.

Material: PU & PVC exterior; polyester interior | Compartments: 5 | Dimensions: 9.5 x 7 x 4 inches

Stoney Clover Lane Open Top Mirror Pouch

Stoney-clover

It comes with an internal mirror for on-the-go touch-ups.

The open-top design might risk items falling out if not secured properly.

If you want a makeup bag that'll add a pop of color to your purse or vanity, go with this vibrant option from Stoney Clover Lane. The Textured Open Top Mirror Pouch comes in 15 different colors that span the whole rainbow. These include pastel options like periwinkle and lilac, as well as bolder options such as bubblegum pink, peach, and avocado green. There are also neutral options available too, including noir, sapphire, blanc , and sand .

This makeup bag is made of vegan leather, features gold hardware, and comes with a convenient little mirror stitched into the top. There are no compartments inside the makeup bag, but since it's more than 10 inches wide, you'll have plenty of room to store everyday makeup items.

Material: Vegan leather | Compartments: 1 | Dimensions: 10.5 x 5.5 x 4 inches

KUSSHI Signature Makeup Bag

It’s machine-washable, so it’s very easy to keep clean over time.

It’s not as stylish as other options.

One downside to owning a makeup bag is that it can be hard to clean. The Kusshi Everyday Makeup Bag eliminates that inconvenience completely by being machine-washable. The convenience of this bag doesn't stop there though—unlike other makeup bags, this bag folds out pretty wide, so you can clearly see everything you've stored and get to it right away. Plus, it's able to stand up on its own thanks to the reinforced stitching located at the bottom of the bag.

Inside you’ll find three compartments, including one that zips shut. The two small tube compartments are great for storing beauty sponges, eyelash curlers, and lipsticks. The makeup bag comes in three sizes, with the smallest able to hold up to 5-10 products while the largest can hold more than 30.

Materials: Nylon | Compartments: 3 | Dimensions: 7.5 x 3.25 x 5 inches

MAANGE Cosmetic Bag

It’s very budget-friendly and comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

The materials aren’t super high quality.  

This popular Amazon makeup bag offers an incredible value for its super low price. The Maanage Travel Cosmetic Bag is made of a water-repellent faux leather and comes with three compartments for easier storage. The bigger of the three compartments is able to hold small palettes and eye shadows, while the two smaller compartments located on the other side of the interior can hold lipsticks. The bottom of the bag offers plenty of room to lay and stack your items, but remains small enough to fit in a medium-sized purse.

The Maange Small Makeup bag comes in nine colors and patterns, including blue, pink, green and a couple floral options. While this affordable bag has a lot of great features, it probably won’t work for someone who wants their brushes to be separate from all their other makeup items.

Material: PU leather | Compartments: 4 | Dimensions: 6.7 x 3.3 x 4.9 inches

Mark & Graham Clear Pouch

Mark & Graham

You can get it monogrammed for a more personal touch.

It’s not very large.

Monogramming is one of those luxuries that is so fun to invest in. This best-selling pouch allows you to add up to three letters of your choice for $12.50. You can also choose from multiple fonts and two-toned color options, ranging from lilac varsity letters with a blue border to blue cursive with an orange border. The personalization is made of a shadow-printed sticker decal, which will last longer than hand-painted monogramming.

The Mark & Graham Clear Pouch is made of a biodegradable plastic that is waterproof and has been finished with vegan leather trimming. The trimming comes in eight colors, including black, neon yellow, camel, sky blue, red, and poppy. Considering the lack of compartments, this product is best for someone who is traveling with a small makeup collection, or someone who wants to bring their makeup with them out for touch ups.

Material: TPU and vegan leather | Compartments: 1 | Dimensions: 8 x 3.25 x 5.5 inches or 10 x 3.5 x 7 inches

Sonia Kashuk Loaf Makeup Bag

It’s large and affordable.

There aren’t a lot of color options for each material.

For something roomy and affordable, check out this bag from Target. It’s available in six different versions, ranging from faux leather to puffy polyester, as well as four colors and two patterns. This is a very straightforward makeup bag that doesn’t have any bells and whistles—you get one large compartment, a sleek gold zipper, and that’s about it. But if you’re someone who just wants something basic, this is a fantastic option, as it’s roomy, durable, and perfect for travel.

Material : Polyester or polyurethane | Compartments : 1 | Dimensions : 8.25 x 4.25 x 6 inches

Away The Cosmetics Bag

It’s roomy and has five brush pockets.

The rectangular shape might not be as space-efficient for packing in a suitcase as more flexible designs.

Away’s Cosmetics Bag is just as thoughtfully designed as the brand’s suitcases. It features three compartments that are able to hold your makeup firmly in place while traveling, including a spill-proof catch-all area that takes up the majority of the space, a zip bag located under the catch-all area, and a place for brushes. The removable brush compartment is by far the most unique, as it’s held in place by buttons and can be rolled up, sealed shut, and stored elsewhere if you like. “The removable brush roll is a nice touch here, plus the whole bag is really compact and should fit easily into your carry-on luggage,” says Williamson.

This makeup bag is made of a plush, water-resistant nylon that will lay softly among all the other clothes and shoes you have in your suitcase. The Away Cosmetics Bag can be monogrammed for up to three letters for an extra $20, and comes in two colors: black and petal pink.

Material: Nylon, neoprene | Compartments: 3 | Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.3 x 3.9 inches

Cubetastic Makeup Bag

It has two openings to keep different types of products separated.

It’s pretty small, but it does hold a lot.

A common problem with small makeup bags is that they lack compartments due to their limited space. The Cubetastic Small Makeup bag certainly differs, offering beauty lovers three compartments to store their makeup, including an area for brushes, lipsticks and lip glosses, and a larger area to store bigger items such as blushes, foundations, eye shadows, and more.

Another way the bag stands out is that it offers two points of entry, including one located at the top and one located on the side of the bag. The side opening is useful if you find yourself needing to reapply makeup, as the acrylic wall holding the makeup in place helps you be able to see everything you have right in front of you. One downside to this bag is that the handle is on the side of the bag instead of the top. Unless your bag is packed to the brim, your makeup will shift around while you’re moving.  

Material: Oxford cloth and nylon | Compartments: 3 | Dimensions: 9.4 × 5.5 × 3.9 inches

Beauty Pie Small Clear Makeup Case

Its compact size and see-through design make finding makeup items a breeze.

It’s best for smaller collections.

With its minimalist design and vibrant pop of color, the Beauty Pie Small Clear Makeup Case makes a statement while keeping your makeup organized. Its compact size makes it a perfect fit for small purses or everyday bags, while its transparent material ensures you can locate your items quickly and conveniently. Though petite, this makeup case can comfortably house your daily makeup collection. 

The colorful trim adds a trendy touch, making the case as stylish as it is practical. While some may find its storage space limited for larger items, its compact size and functionality make it an ideal choice for those who prefer to travel light with their beauty essentials. But if you do need something larger, it’s also available in medium and large sizes.

Material : PU and TPU | Compartments : 1 | Dimensions : 8.2 x 3.7 x 3.1 inches

Mossio Toiletry Bag

It has a variety of compartments and is meant to be hung for greater product visibility.

It’s not the most durable option.

We all know that having your makeup right in front of you is the easiest way to see what you have and get to it fast. The Mossio Hanging Toiletry Bag facilitates just that, offering tons of space for both your makeup and your toiletries while traveling. There are three spacious compartments available, including two flat pockets (one plastic and one mesh) that are good for holding mascaras, eye pencils, lip glosses, foundations, concealers, and more. The biggest compartment, located at the bottom, is a real standout, able to hold large bottles such as face wash, shampoo, and perfumes, to name a few.

The entirety of the makeup bag is made with a water-resistant polyester, and it comes with an included hook so you can easily hang it up while traveling. The Mossio Hanging Toiletry Bag comes in 15 colors and patterns, including polka dot, pink stripe, floral, cactus, and more.

Material: Polyester | Compartments: 3 | Dimensions: 9.45 x 3.74 x 7.48 inches

Paravel See-All Vanity Case

The see-through top allows for easy identification of items.

It’s expensive and not very large.

The Paravel See-All Vanity Case stands out for its use of eco-friendly materials. The canvas used on this piece is made from two upcycled plastic bottles, and it comes with certifications from Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and the Global Recycled Standard. Plus, it’s just a really stylish piece.  

This Paravel bag offers the best of both worlds. Its see-through walls give you a great window into all of the products you packed, making them easy to spot. Meanwhile, the canvas and leather offer a sophisticated, classic design that makes the bag nice enough to carry around on its own. This makeup bag comes in two sizes and two colors (scout tan and domino black), and offers monogramming between $15 and $65.

Material: EcoCraft canvas, nylon, PU leather | Compartments: 1 | Dimensions: 8.5 x 3.75 x 5.5 inches

Leatherology Train Case

Leatherology

It comes in 14 luxurious colors.

It’s fairly large so might be hard to pack.

Exuding a timeless appeal, the Leatherology Train Case is an exquisite blend of form and function. Crafted from either full-grain leather or canvas, the bag brings a level of sophistication that will appeal to fashion-forward travelers. Its design isn't just about looks though—it's built to last. And since it’s available in a variety of vibrant and neutral shades, it caters to a wide range of personal styles. 

While its interior is roomy enough to store a good quantity of makeup items, a few more compartments or pockets for better organization would be a welcome addition. Despite this, its chic appeal and robust build make it a worthwhile splurge for those who value style and longevity in their makeup bags.

Material : Full-grain leather or canvas | Compartments : 2 | Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.2 x 5 inches

Pottery Barn Emery Leather Cosmetic Case

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It boasts a chic, timeless design with its high-quality leather exterior.

It’s not water-resistant.

If you want your makeup bag to match your purse, go with this exquisite option from Pottery Barn. The Emery Leather Cosmetic Case is made of a pebbled leather, full-grain leather that was applied to the bag by hand. Full-grain leather is considered a durable, long-lasting leather that will age nicely over time, so this bag is sure to be one of the most durable you can find. The inside is lined with a sail cloth and has no compartments. While the interiors certainly boast a more elegant look, do know that sail cloth is not water-resistant. If something spills in your makeup bag, the interior will stain.

This makeup bag comes in four colors, including saffron, black, periwinkle, and mocha. If you’d like to personalize your makeup bag, you can add monogramming for an extra $15.

Materials : Leather and sail cloth | Compartments : 1 | Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.25 x 4 inches

Truffle Clarity Jumbo Jetset Case

It has a spacious design and is made with a transparent, TSA-approved material.

It’s the most expensive option on our list.

The Clarity Jumbo Jetset Case from Truffle is a standout among travel makeup bags for its elegant simplicity and spacious interior. Made with biodegradable TPU, this transparent bag can be purchased with either a leather or nylon trim. The clear material is TSA-approved, making security checks a breeze, while the generous size can comfortably house all your makeup essentials, from brushes to pallets. Though its higher price point might be off-putting for some, the quality, style, and convenience it offers justify the investment—and you can alternatively purchase in two smaller sizes.

Material : TPU and either leather or rPET nylon trim | Compartments : 2 | Dimensions : 9 x 6 x 3.75 inches

Bougie On The Run Checkered Pouch

Urban Outfitters

It has a knitted exterior that’s totally unique.

That knitted material is prone to snagging, so it’s not suitable for heavy duty travel.

If you want a bag that’s totally one of a kind, you can’t do better than this retro-inspired bag from Bougie. Instead of being made from plastic or polyester, it’s made with a knitted cotton—but don’t worry, it has a waterproof liner on the inside. The checked design (available in three colors) is another stylish touch, and you can easily use this pouch for more than just makeup. Just be careful not to snag that knitted exterior, which isn’t the best for heavy duty traveling. 

Material : Knitted cotton | Compartments : 1 | Dimensions : 7 x 3 x 4.3 inches

Rose Inc Structured Beauty Clutch

The structured design and removable mirror offer a modern twist to traditional makeup bags.

It’s only available in one color—taupe.

The Structured Beauty Clutch by Rose Inc. blends elegance and functionality, bringing a contemporary edge to your makeup storage. The vegan leather exterior exudes a sense of understated luxury, making it a fashionable accessory as much as a practical one. Its unique, structured design protects your makeup items, and the added removable mirror is a thoughtful touch for on-the-go touch-ups. 

Available only in a neutral taupe shade, it complements any style. While the inside offers ample space, the addition of dividers or pockets would help to better organize smaller items. Nonetheless, its stylish design and practical features make it a worthy addition to any beauty collection.

Material : Vegan leather | Compartments : 1 | Dimensions : 8.88 x 4.44 x 6.66 inches

Etoile Collective Duo Vanity Case

The generous storage space and separate compartments offer excellent organization for a variety of makeup items.

The bulky design may not be ideal for light travel or small storage spaces.

The Duo Vanity Case from Étoile Collective presents a thoughtful solution for makeup enthusiasts seeking a professional level of organization. Encased in a sturdy black exterior, this case boasts a myriad of compartments in varying sizes, accommodating everything from lipsticks to larger cosmetic bottles. The sturdy build offers peace of mind, ensuring your beauty products are protected. 

While its size might make it less suited for light travel or compact storage spaces, it's an ideal choice for those who need to keep a substantial makeup collection organized and readily accessible. 

Material : Vegan leather | Compartments : 5, plus 8 with divider insert | Dimensions : 9.4 x 7.1 x 6.7 inches

How to Shop for Makeup Bags Like a Pro

“You'll want something that's easy to clean by simply wiping down with makeup remover wipes and sanitizer,” says Williamson. This means that it's best to get a material that is water-resistant or waterproof. If something in your makeup bag accidentally breaks and spills, this material will stop it from staining the inside of your bag and seeping through into your purse or suitcase. Most makeup bags, or at least the lining, are made with water-resistant or waterproof materials, including plastic, polyester, or nylon. Be sure to check the label before you buy to ensure that you are getting a makeup bag that is at least slightly spill-proof.

The size you need is all dependent on how much makeup you usually travel with . “If you're someone who has a signature look that you stick to, you can most likely get away with a smaller, more compact bag,” says Williamson. “If you like to switch out your blush, pack multiple lip options, have a skin tint and full coverage foundation depending on your mood, then you'll want to get a larger one.” 

Keeping a large collection organized in a makeup bag can also help ensure that you're not using expired makeup. Smaller makeup bags are best for people who have a modest collection and don't need to dig around very long to find what they need. To figure out what size you need, try fitting all your makeup into a purse and see if it fits. If it doesn't, you'll need a bag that is bigger in size.

Compartments

To have compartments or to not have compartments….that is the question. It’s best to have a makeup bag with compartments while traveling, regardless of the size of your makeup collection . Not only will this make packing your makeup easier, but it will also lessen the likelihood of your products breaking and spilling. Bags without compartments are best for people who either have a really modest makeup collection, or want to bring some makeup with them to work or a long event for touch ups. Makeup bags with brush compartments are best for people with large makeup collections, as the brushes otherwise have no protection when being put into a bag full of other products.

This article was written by Rachel Center , a product reviews home writer for Real Simple . It was later updated by Elizabeth Loomis , a writer who specializes in lifestyle content and has written for The Spruce, Well + Good, InStyle, and The Zoe Report. Both writers spent hours researching all the components that make the best makeup organizers, ultimately choosing the products on this list based on style, material, and compartments available. Loomis also interviewed professional makeup artist and content creator Jonet Williamson for expert advice on the best makeup bags.

15 Travel Makeup Bags To Keep Your Full Routine Organized

These are just plain—and plane—chic.

9 travel makeup bags

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Travel is stressful, full stop. Add losing your eyelash curler or brand new lippies in your checked bag, and it's a disastrous tale. Take the unnecessary drama out of the situation and opt for an organized travel makeup bag that easily fits in your carry-on luggage— or will at the very least leave your checked back organized amidst the chaos.

Clear Cosmetics Case

Best for a long vacation

Calpak clear cosmetics case.

Clarity Jetset Case

Best for airport

Truffle co clarity jetset case.

Violet Vanity Case

Turns into a purse!

F&w style violet vanity case.

The Terry Cosmetic Clutch in Citron

Best for pool day

Beis the terry cosmetic clutch in citron.

Travel Vanity Case

Dior Travel Vanity Case

Hanging Toiletry Bag

Best for Small Bathrooms

Mossio hanging toiletry bag.

Vacationer Makeup Bag

Kusshi Vacationer Makeup Bag

Jumbo Zip Pouch

Proceeds go to charity

Pattern beauty jumbo zip pouch.

Beauty Bag

Best for full sized products

Glossier beauty bag.

Wash Bag

Best for Traveling Couples

Sarep and rose wash bag.

Happy travels.

This two-sided makeup bag is exactly what you need for a long trip. The handled bag unzips into two separate clear compartments, so staying organized is a breeze. It’s large enough to fit full-sized products if you don’t have travel-sized versions of your favorites. Bonus: the individual sides minimizes damage from any accidental product explosions.

This see-through makeup bag makes security at the airport a breeze. The clear design allows for quick and easy access to your favorite products, ditching the endless dig-for-lipstick scene on the runway.

F&W Style Violet Vanity Case

For the fastest "get ready with me" routine, opt for this see-through makeup case. Perfect for travel, its structured shape and gold feet can stand upright on any surface. Bonus: If you’re heading to a sports game or festival, add the chain and it can do double-duty as a handbag.

This bright terry cloth makeup bag can double as a clutch (just remove the strap) so you can take it from the beach to a night out. It’s also waterproof and Shay Mitchell approved!

Covered in the iconic designer print, this hard-shell vanity case has enough space to accommodate all your top shelf favorites. The interior pocket makes for convenient brush storage and the Italian crafted top handle makes it easy to take on the go!

All the functions of your dad’s old school dopp kit but much cuter. The bag hangs from a hook (perfect for a shower rod or back of door) so you don’t have to dump out all of your makeup products into the hotel sink. There are also storage compartments, breathable mesh, and a ton of fun color options.

With 23 different prints to choose from, this vacationer makeup bag can match your suitcase. The nylon versions are machine-washable bag (and there are vegan leather versions, too)—all of them open wide enough for you to easily see each and every one of your products without having to dig!

Pattern Beauty (and Tracee Ellis-Ross fans!) will love this oversized pouch with the brand's logo. Every sale supports organizations & programs that empower women & people of color.

Calling all Glossier stans—let the world know with this gorgeous pink and red cosmetic bag. The interior pouch and three side pockets allow you to store different products separately so you can stay organized. Bonus: coated cotton material makes it easy to wipe away any stains, even ones from the messiest of foundation spills.

Handmade out of nubuck leather, this kit has a 4 interior pockets making it effortless to separate your various products and tools. And the neutral design vibes make it a great gift for you beau, too.

Away The Cosmetics Bag

The Cosmetics Bag

Shaped just like a packing cube, this simple, yet stylish cosmetic bag has transparent pockets and neoprene compartments for all of your products! Our favorite feature is the detachable brush holder, which makes it easy to organize all of your beloved beauty tools.

OTM Cannes Bag

Cannes Bag

The first-to-market makeup bag with heat-protecting technology is here! Need a touch-up by the pool? Leave it directly in the sun and your makeup will never melt. This bag also has spacious storage compartments and a standout gold chain, making it both dashing and durable for even the hottest of summer days.

Saie Lilac Oversized Makeup Bag

Lilac Oversized Makeup Bag

This pastel bag is the perfect home for all your basics. The wraparound zipper, this roomy bag opens wide enough for you to see the full array.

Relavel Makeup Train Case

Makeup Train Case

With removable dividers, this durable case can fit palettes, lipsticks, brushes, etc. in a comfortable and customizable way.

ami cole The Pouch

The Pouch

Looking for a mini pouch to throw in any summer tote? Here it is! This clear cosmetic bag comes with a large zipper tag to help you grab your necessities in a flash for any on-the-go touch ups.

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How do I pick the best makeup bag for travel?

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Finding a makeup bag that fulfills your long list of needs can be done. When on the hunt, prioritize space. If it can’t fit all of our products then what’s the point? It’s best to look for a bag that caters to your specific makeup and preferences. Bigger full-sized items can be easily thrown in a spacious bag, whereas smaller items such as lipsticks, liners, individual shadows, etc. beg for a bag with pockets and dividers as opposed to a catch-all. At the end of the day, a makeup bag should keep you organized, happy, and sane!

What’s the best makeup bag material?

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Anything water resistant! Most makeup bags are lined with water-resistant or waterproof materials such as clear plastic, nylon, or polyester.

How should I clean my makeup bag?

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Beauty lovers know the danger of a loose cap. Though spills may be unavoidable, cleaning them up is something we all must learn to master. Turns out the secret is not so secret: antibacterial household spray! Any Clorox, Microband, or Cleansmart spray, etc. will do the trick. Tip: Make sure to bring makeup pads on every expedition, in case a spill decides to attempt destruction. Shop our favorite antibacterial reusable cotton rounds here .

How should I organize my makeup bag for travel?

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When organizing your makeup for a trip, there are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • Try to leave full-sized products at home. If it's a short enough trip, go for the minis.
  • If you can, pick the combined products (for example: A bronzer + blush compact rather than bringing both bronzer and blush).
  • Check the amount of product you have left before packing. Arriving at your destination with only a drop left isn’t doing anyone any good!
  • If you don’t have mini versions of your fav moisturizers, primers, setting spray, shampoo, or conditioner, don’t fret. You can find travel-sized bottles here , which can save you from a last minute trip to the drug store! Plus, they’re TSA approved.
  • When packing, it’s helpful to do your full routine start-to-finish and place each beauty item in your makeup bag, and nothing else. This way, you can avoid the unnecessary-yet-tempting products!

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The 10 Best Clear Travel Makeup Bags of 2024

Almost all of our picks are 3-1-1 TSA-compliant.

Katherine Alex Beaven is a Los Angeles-based travel, food and drink, and culture writer.

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Hitting the road soon? A toiletry bag is an on-the-go essential, and if you’re flying with a carry-on only, you may be left scrambling with a quart-sized plastic one that can tear before you even reach your destination. When vetting the best clear makeup bags, we took into account features such as durability, function, style, and cost. Whether you travel a little or a lot, the best clear makeup and toiletry bags will be able to fit most, if not all, of your bathroom and makeup essentials and withstand the wear and tear that travel can impart.

The EzPacking Store’s TSA-approved 3-1-1 Travel Toiletry Bag came in as our best overall since it’s durable, spacious enough to fit ten 3.4-ounce containers, and takes the guesswork out of choosing the right-sized bag. Looking for something with reusable containers included? Maybe you’d rather have something a bit more stylish, or sturdy enough to survive weekly trips? We’ve got you covered with our top picks. Here are the best clear travel makeup bags to buy to keep your liquids, creams, and pastes in one place on the go.

Best Overall

Ezpacking store travel toiletry bag.

It’s TSA-compliant and big enough to fit up to ten travel-size containers. 

It’s just one main compartment with no organization options.

This spacious TSA-approved travel makeup bag takes the guesswork out of choosing liquids that will pass through the security screening point. We appreciate the fact that it has enough room to fit up to ten 3.4-ounce travel containers, so you don’t have to make sacrifices to bring the basics with you. It’s clear on five out of six sides, making it easy to find what you’re looking for without too much fishing. While we wonder if we might like the bag better if it had a clamshell design so we’d have two compartments to work with, the zip-around top lid does allow you to take advantage of as much available depth as possible. 

A bottom nylon panel, matching nylon trim lining, and a double-stitched carrying handle are available in 11 bright and bold colors for a pop of personality. Both the nylon and the clear plastic PVC window panels are splash-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about wiping down your shower toiletries before plopping them in the bag. For the price, durability, and color choices, this clear travel makeup bag is a great value.

The Details: PVC plastic, nylon | 6.5 x 6.5 x 2.5 inches

Best Budget

Sephora reusable bag.

It’s sturdy with soft, flexible sides and can be reused several times.

Going through security can be a gamble since the bag isn’t 100 percent clear.

If you’re inclined to just shove your toiletries into a plastic zipper-sealed quart bag to get through security, consider this Sephora travel pouch a worthwhile upgrade. Five bucks will give you a simple, soft, and sturdy pouch to securely store your basic travel-size toiletries or makeup, and you can feel good about saving landfills from single-use plastics since the pouch can be reused over and over. We like that the material is thick but not rigid and that you never have to worry if it’s closed all the way since it has a zipper closure with easy pull tabs. Plus, it’s leak-resistant and can safely hold glass cosmetic jars without concern. One drawback is that it may not get the green light from all security agents because the repeated Sephora text technically stops it from being completely clear. 

The Details: 7.5 x 8.25 inches

Best Customizable

Stoney clover lane travel pouch flamingo.

Stoney Clover Lane

It’s a fun way to make your makeup bag your own.

Being overly creative can get costly. 

Want a travel makeup bag that is definitively a little more you than the rest? Stoney Clover Lane’s Travel Pouch offers a gaggle of customization options by mixing, matching, and placing your choice of patches on the side of its standard clear, zippered makeup pouch. Choose from colorful numbers, letters, and seemingly endless patches of cartoon characters, sports teams, and shapes. (Hint: Use the search bar to save time.) Fair warning: customization can get pricey. Prices start at $38 with 14 color options for bag trim, plus a $15 blanket fee for customization and extra cost for each patch. But that’s a small price to pay for a one-of-a-kind makeup bag. Customize at your own risk — security may not appreciate your flare for design as much as the rest of us. 

The Details: Nylon, vinyl, metal | 4.5 x 7.75 x 2 inches

Best Hanging

Tanto hanging toiletry bag.

You can detach a small section to pack in your carry-on.

The main portion of the bag must be packed in checked luggage. 

If you’re the type of traveler that brings everything but the kitchen sink, this four-compartment clear makeup and toiletry bag is a godsend. The two main middle compartments are big enough to fit large items such as styling sprays, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, or full-sized makeup brushes. The top and bottom are two smaller zippered sleeves that are perfect for packing less bulky items like face masks, hair ties, travel makeup brushes, travel-sized containers, or makeup palettes. Because of the size of the main compartments, you’ll need to pack this in your checked luggage when flying, but you can detach the smaller bottom compartment to use as your clear TSA-approved liquids bag. 

The Details: PVC plastic, metal hook | 10.24 x 2.36 x 12.2 inches

Mark And Graham Clear Travel Cosmetic Case

Mark And Graham

It has a sophisticated design and is made with quality materials.

There are only two trim colors to choose from. 

The Mark & Graham Clear Travel Cosmetics Case is a go-to luxury travel makeup bag for travelers who can’t (or won’t) part with their big-bottle toiletries. You’ll get a whopping six inches of depth and 10 inches of length with this bag. We love how the trim only runs across the top and bottom but not the sides, a look that differentiates this bag from so many others that have trim tracing each corner. It’s spendy, but it’s big and made with upgraded materials like thick and durable TPU plastic windows and classy vegan leather trim. You also have the option to add one to three letters of vinyl decal personalization on the side for a flat charge of $12.50. Unfortunately, it’s only available in camel and navy — and the big size falls into the must-check category. 

The Details: TPU plastic, vegan leather | 10 x 6 x 5.5 inches

Morfone Store Travel Bottles Set

It’s a 15-piece set that covers all the essentials. 

The spray bottle tips are known to clog or be faulty.

This travel bottle set is so complete, it makes us feel like we’ve been putting up with less than we deserve for too long. This 25-piece set comes with four soft silicone squeeze bottles in two sizes, two spray bottles, and four screw-top containers in two sizes that can be used for gels, creams, or pills. You’ll also get a mini funnel, two small spoons to help transfer your products into the containers, and a small cleaning brush. Plus, everything fits easily into a TSA-approved clear plastic carrying case. We love that the bottles all come in black-and-white doubles, so it’s easy to keep track of what’s in which container (or to split the set between two people and still know whose is whose instantly). Sometimes, the spray bottles can get clogged, so definitely test them out before filling them with any product. 

The Details: BPA, food-grade silicone; plastic | 6.38 x 5.71 x 2.05 inches

Best with Handles

Wedama tsa approved toiletry bags 2 pack.

It comes with a TSA-compliant bag and a larger bag that can hold regular-sized toiletries. 

The PVC plastic windows can smudge quickly and may require frequent cleaning. 

We like the Wedama TSA-approved Toiletry Bag 2-pack because the handles have extra leeway, making them easy to grip and hold onto. You can even use the handles to hang them. This set comes with two bags: a larger bag big enough to fit most standard, regular-sized toiletry bottles and makeup brushes, and a smaller bag that complies with the TSA 3-1–1 rules for liquids. You’ll have to pack the larger bag in your checked luggage, but the smaller one is fine to go with you through security (just make sure the containers inside follow TSA guidelines, too). Plastic PVC windows on the top and bottom easily allow you to find what you need, but they also smudge easily and need to be wiped down. 

The Details: PVC plastic, waterproof fabric | 7.8 x 2.4 x 5.9 inches for medium, 10.8 x 3.6 x 7.6 inches for large

Best Splurge

Calpak small clear cosmetics case.

The design details really make it stand out.

Loading it up via the U-shaped interior zippers can feel a little weird at first. 

This Calpak Mini Clear Cosmetics Case is spendy, but if you’ve got the budget or travel frequently, it’s not likely to disappoint. It’s a TSA-compliant size with two zippered compartments separated in a clamshell design. Fully clear side front and back panels make it easy to spot what you need right away, even if the bag is closed. It’s the small details that make this bag stand out, as does the variety of colors to choose from. We also like the design pop created by the lines of the interior U-shaped loading compartment and how the faux leather accents and trim paired with polished gold metal hardware work to elevate the look. At this price point, we are a little disappointed with the use of PVC plastic windows and plastic zippers. 

The Details: Faux leather, PVC plastic | 8 x 4 x 6 inches

Best Durable

Aveniee makeup bag for women.

Reinforced sides and upgraded materials make this boxy makeup bag more resilient against the wear and tear of travel. 

It’s only available in black, pink, and cream. 

This simple but strong travel makeup bag swaps out flimsier materials for more durable upgrades like PU leather trim, thick vinyl windows, and heavy-duty metal zippers. It’s a top-loading design with a zip-around closure and features a stitched carry handle on one end. We like that the dual-sided large windows make it easy to locate whatever we’re looking for and that the large size is still TSA-compliant while being deep enough to fit standard travel-size containers without feeling overstuffed. The bag’s materials are waterproof, giving us peace of mind against accidental spills or splashes. Plus, keeping it clean is as easy as wiping it down with a damp cloth. We’d love to see this bag available in additional colors or even patterned designs. 

The Details: PU leather, vinyl | 9 x 6.5 x 3 inches

Best Organization

Diyoohomy clear makeup bag double layer.

It’s a versatile two-compartment bag with strap organization that is still TSA-compliant. 

You have to put a little more thought into how you’ll utilize the specific components. 

Finding a clear TSA-compliant makeup bag that also has decent organization features can be tough — things get bulky quickly and run the risk of exceeding TSA limits. Luckily, the Diyoohohmy Double Layer Makeup Bag checks all the boxes, if at a basic level. Instead of a two-sided clamshell design, this bag features two main compartments with zip-around top lids. The main compartment is approximately three inches deep and can hold multiple travel-size bottles and jars, shaving products, or a collection of makeup. Flip it over for access to a shallow side with built-in straps for holding makeup brushes, toothbrushes, razors, or similar items. This design won’t complement everyone’s needs, but it’s a nice option to have. 

The Details: PVC plastic, metal, PU leather | 6.3 x 9 x 3.5 inches

Tips for Buying Clear Travel Makeup Bags

Prioritize durability.

In an effort to save money and lower plastic waste, choose a clear travel makeup case that can be used again and again. If you travel frequently, you’ll also want to make sure you grab a bag that won’t easily tear, rip, or bust at the seams — or your clothes could pay the price.

Pick the right size for your needs

When it comes to packing, space is a hot commodity. Before you purchase your clear travel makeup bag, take a look at what you’re aiming to put inside of it. If you can get away with a smaller bag, why not take up less space? If it looks like you’ll have too many items, think about what you can pack in your checked luggage or see if you can break up the items amongst several different carry-on bags in your party.

Consider organization

It’s harder to find clear travel makeup bags with built-in organization. Many clear makeup bags have a top lid or pouch design with only one compartment or a split clamshell design with two compartments. Take a minute to take stock of what you’re hoping to pack inside your travel makeup bag. Are you going to want to separate any items or containers? Do you mind fishing for smaller items inside of a large, single compartment? Remember to keep the TSA rules in mind as you search — make sure the bag is the right size and is truly see-through. 

A typical quart-sized bag measures 7 inches by 8 inches. 

Any makeup or toiletry items that have the potential to leak should be placed into a clear travel bag when flying. This includes (but is not limited to) lotions, shampoo, conditioner, foundation, facial serum, toner, and usually gels, creams, and pastes. Remember to keep these in containers that hold no more than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters.

We don’t recommend using any clear makeup bags larger than a quart when traveling. While you may get away with it at some airports, others are very strict (we’re looking at you, England). You don’t want to get held up on either side of your travels for something easily avoidable; it’s not worth the risk. 

Why Trust Travel + Leisure?

For this story, T+L contributor and frequent traveler Katherine Alex Beaven completed hours of research on clear travel makeup bags, keeping key features such as size, shape, quality of materials, and overall design top of mind. 

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