WE’RE pretty certain that the contents of woman’s makeup bag are an insight into her soul – no surprise, considering the average woman spends £22K on makeup in her lifetime.
So investing in a makeup bag that’s stylish, durable and keeps you organised – and prevents makeup from spilling all over your handbag – is key.
Frequent travellers also know how a savvily packed, see-through makeup bag can mean the difference between a stressful airport experience and a chilled one.
While it’s not unheard of to drop upwards of £200 on a makeup bag – we’re looking at you Anya Hindmarch makeup pouch with a slot for everything – you can find cheap makeup bags that do the job just as well (and look fabulous), online.
In fact, there’s a double-decker makeup bag from Lifewit on Amazon with plenty of functional interior storage compartments and brush holders that looks good enough to take out as an actual bag.
For your go-to shop for colourful and printed cheap makeup bags, Skinnydip has a style to appeal to everyone, with fruit motifs, animal prints and cute slogans.
Superdrug is another online destination with a range of cheap makeup bags in all styles, colours and shapes, from see-through PVC vanity cases that are perfect for long-haul travel to printed bags from beauty blogger Zoella.
If you think the basic makeup bag – pouch, vanity case or zip-around style – isn’t spacious enough for all the makeup you need to tote around on a daily basis, a startup in Shoreditch called The Flay Lay Co. will make your dreams come true.
It's created a mat-cum-makeup bag which keeps products beautifully organised and cinches in seconds when you’re in a rush.
1. Cheap makeup bags under £5
Superdrug Clear PVC Vanity Bag
- Superdrug Clear PVC Vanity Bag, £2.99 at Superdrug – buy here
A clear vanity case is a smart choice for flights, not to mention the wipe-clean design makes it easy to clean up any spills or toothpaste leaks. The double-zip closure is an added bonus.
Skinnydip Strawb makeup bag
- Skinnydip Strawb makeup bag, £4.50 at Skinnydip – buy here
Skinnydip's makeup bags are full of personality, and are also very functional.
While they typically cost £15 or £18, stock up in the sales, where you can find them for under a fiver.
This strawberry print bag is partially transparent so you'll be able to find that lippie you're looking for easily.
2. Cheap makeup bags under £12
H&M Holographic makeup bag
- H&M Holographic makeup bag, £5.99 at H&M – buy here
A makeup bag that doubles as an evening bag? Yes, please.
This holographic design has a sturdy strap so it can even be worn as a wristlet.
3. Cheap makeup bags under £10
Rock on Ruby Personalised Name with Heart Makeup Bag
- Rock on Ruby Personalised Name with Heart Makeup Bag, £12 at Not on the High Street – buy here
A personalised makeup bag is a great gift that the recipient will actually use.
Of course, at under £10, there's no harm buying one for yourself, too.
4. Best investment buy makeup bag
The Flat Lay Co. Pink Shells Open Flat Makeup Bag 50cm
- The Flat Lay Co. Pink Shells Open Flat Makeup Bag 50cm, £20 at Oliver Bonas – buy here
The premise behind these genius makeup bags is that not only do they have individualised compartments to hold everything from your tweezers to your eye liner, but they save you tons of time with their easy open and shut drawstring design. A selection of gorgeous prints and colours makes them great gifts, too. At under £20, they're also well-priced.
If you enjoyed our cheap makeup bags round-up, why not check out our article on cheap makeup brushes?
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