Dare I say: handbag essentials are so essential? There is never a time when you won’t need a compact mirror or mini hairbrush on hand. Or what about your makeup? Check off all the boxes by reaching for Charlotte Tilbury’s flawless face powder featuring a compact mirror. It’s a win-win—or at least, it will be when you’re in a hurry.
When you’re rushing out for a last-minute brunch or night out on the town, you’ll have all the best handbag essentials for whatever the day or night has in store.
Don’t believe me? Put it to the test. Shop the best handbag essentials and see if you can do better. (You won’t!)
1. Start with a mini hairbrush
Keep bad hair days at bay with the help of a small hairbrush that can seamlessly fit into any handbag or purse.
2. A good lipstick
Give a woman the right lipstick, and she’ll conquer the world. From Charlotte Tilbury’s signature Pillow Talk to MAC Cosmetic’s Ruby Woo, there’s an endless array of options and shades, equally as swoon-worthy.
3. A compact mirror
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them all? Without a compact mirror in your bag, you won’t know. Try any of the above to save face (literally), and double points for opting for a pressed powder like this one that also has a mirror included.
4. A versatile face palette
Instead of reaching for a different blush, setting powder, bronzer, and whatnot opt for a complete compact face palette. Here you’ll have everything you’ll need to highlight, bronze, and glow—even on the go.
5. Blotting papers for your face
It doesn’t matter if it is day or night: reduce shine and oil with your new holy grail, these blotting wipes.
6. An all-in-one face brush
Not all makeup brushes are created equal, but when you’re on the go, that’s not exactly something on the top of your mind. Instead, pick your battles and reach for an all-in-one face brush. There are dozens of options on the market, but I recommend a kabuki brush, powder brush, or “everything” brush that can tackle everything from blush to bronzer.
7. A “replacement” for your wallet
Don’t call it a comeback—identification purses have been here, and when you’re short on space, they’re your new best friend. Nine times out of 10, you’ll catch me sporting my go-to Vera Bradley version inside my Chanel. It’s small enough but big enough to carry your credit card, debit card, driver’s license, and even house keys. But don’t worry: you’re secret will be safe with me.