15 Best Travel Makeup and Cosmetic Bags 2022

Traveling is stressful, period. Add the loss of new eyelashes or lips to your checked bag, and it’s a disaster story. Take the unnecessary drama out of the situation and choose an organized travel makeup bag that fits easily in your carry-on—or at least will leave you organized amidst the chaos.

These fifteen travel makeup bags offer ample space for all the essentials for weekend trips and month-long vacations. (And if you need some holiday inspiration, we’ve got some suggestions here.)

Happy travels.


Best for a long break

Clear cosmetic case

  • Two individual compartments
  • Water resistant
  • Too big to fit in a weekend bag
  • Expensive

This double-sided makeup bag is just what you need for a long trip. The handle bag breaks down into two clearly separated compartments, so staying organized is a breeze. It’s large enough to fit full-size products if you don’t have travel-sized versions that you prefer. Bonus: individual parties minimize damage from any accidental product explosion.


Best for the airport

Clarity Jetset Case

This transparent makeup bag makes airport security a breeze. The clear design allows quick and easy access to your favorite products, doing away with the endless scavenging for lipstick on the runway.


Turns into a bag!

Purple vanity case

  • The clear sides are great for grabbing products quickly
  • Black owned
  • The triangular shape can be difficult to pack

For the quickest “get ready with me” routine, choose this clear makeup case. Perfect for travel, its structured shape and golden legs can stand upright on any surface. Bonus: If you’re going to a sports game or festival, add the zipper and it can double as a handbag.


Best for pool day

Terry Cosmetic Clutch in Citron

This bright fabric makeup bag doubles 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!


It sprays

Travel box

  • Part of the investment
  • Cute in an Insta photo

Covered in the designer’s iconic print, this hard shell case has enough space to accommodate all your favorite shelves. The interior pocket provides convenient brush storage and the Italian crafted top handle makes it easy to take on the go!


Best for small bathrooms

Hanging Toiletry Bag

  • 17 different prints
  • Fits anywhere
  • Affordable
  • The fabric may break down after a while

All the functions of your dad’s old school dopp kit, but way cooler. The bag hangs on a hook (perfect for a shower rod or the back of the door) so you don’t have to throw all your makeup into the hotel sink. It also has storage compartments, breathable mesh, and a ton of fun color options.

  • It comes in 3 sizes
  • There is a vegan leather option

With 23 different prints to choose from, this holiday makeup bag can match your suitcase. The nylon versions are machine washable bags (and there are vegan leather versions too) – all open enough to easily see each of your products without having to dig!


Proceeds go to charity

Jumbo Zip Bag

  • Excessive
  • Water resistant
  • Too big for a weekend bag

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


Best for full size products

Beauty bag

  • Does not fit full size products.

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


Best for traveling couples

Washing bag

  • The inner pockets are padded
  • Black-owned business

Handcrafted from nubuck leather, this set has 4 interior pockets that make it easy to organize your various products and tools. And the design’s neutral vibes make it a great gift for you beauties too.


Best for type A packers

Cosmetic bag

  • Can be customized
  • Very organized
  • Cannot fit large products

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

  • Comes with removable compartments

Meet the Mary Poppins makeup bag. It has ample storage compartments, a large wrap around zipper and a prominent gold chain, so you’ll have your entire hair, makeup and skin routine inside with ease.


The best grab bag

Lilac makeup bag

This pastel bag is the perfect home for all your essentials. Wrapped chain, this roomy bag opens wide enough to see the full ensemble.


Best for organization

Makeup Train Case

  • Adjustable dividers
  • Inspired by the professionals
  • It can be difficult to pack

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

  • Designed for smaller products

Looking for a mini bag to throw into any summer outfit? Here it is! This neat cosmetic bag comes with a large zip tag to help you grab your essentials at a glance for every touch up on the go.

How to choose the best makeup bag for travel?

Finding a makeup bag that meets your long list of needs can be done. When hunting, prioritize space. If it can’t fit all our products, then what’s the point? It’s best to look for a bag that meets your specific makeup and preferences. Larger, full-sized items can easily be tossed into a roomy bag, while smaller items like lipsticks, liners, individual shadows, etc. require a bag with pockets and dividers, as opposed to a tote bag. At the end of the day, a makeup bag should keep you organized, happy and sane!

What is the best makeup bag material?

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

How should I clean my makeup bag?

Beauty lovers know the danger of a loose hat. Although spills may be inevitable, cleaning them up is something we all have to learn to master. It turns out that the secret is not so secret: household antibacterial spray! Any Clorox, Microband or Cleansmart spray, etc. will do that. Tip: Be sure to bring make-up packs on every expedition, in case a spill decides to try to wreak havoc. Shop our favorite reusable antibacterial cotton rounds here.

How should I organize my makeup bag for travel?

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

  • Try to leave full size products at home. If it’s a fairly short trip, go for the mini.
  • If you can, choose combination products (for example: A bronzer + blush compact instead of bringing both bronzer and blush).
  • Check the amount of product you have left before packing. Arriving at your destination with only one drop left doesn’t do anyone any good!
  • If you don’t have mini versions of your favorite moisturizers, primers, sprays, shampoos or conditioners, don’t worry. Here you can find travel size bottles that can save you from a last minute trip to the drugstore! Plus, they’re TSA approved.
  • When packing, it’s helpful to do your entire routine from start to finish and put every beauty item in your makeup bag, and nothing else. This way, you can avoid unnecessary but tempting products!

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