9 Travel Makeup Bags for All Your Beauty Essentials

So you can stop rummaging around in the black hole of your toiletries bag.
Calpak Cosmetic Bag

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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, eyeliner, 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 handful 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 our top picks, 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 was originally published in March 2020. It has been updated with new information.

Mark & Graham Terminal 1 Cosmetic Case

If you're a fan of traveling with a color-coordinated 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. Thanks to the zip-around outside closure, you won’t have to worry about any leaks or spills.

Dagne Dover Lola Pouch

If you prefer to travel light and wear minimal makeup on the daily, then the small Lola Pouch from Dagne Dover is a great fit. Not only does this pouch serve as a place to stash your beauty essentials, it also doubles as a clutch, making it a real space saver. The inside features two slip pockets, two elastic loops for lip gloss or mascara, and a smooth interior lining for easy cleaning. The outside features pebbled leather and two-way zipper tabs that can be unsnapped to adjust the shape. The best part? It comes in six different colorways and two sizes. (If you’re looking for something with more room, opt for the large instead.)

Lay-n-Go Drawstring Makeup Bag

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.

Paravel See-All Bundle

Transparent bags have resurfaced as a practical beauty trend in the last few years, and Paravel’s See-All Bundle offers all the style and space you need. It’s a two-in-one—there's a larger bag to fit skincare products (face wash, moisturizers) or soaps, while the smaller one works well for cosmetics or smaller items like eye cream. The clear sides make it easy to find your products in both, and the water-resistant (and eco-friendly) silicone coating means you don't have to worry about product spills.

Fenty Beauty CLF Makeup Bag

Rihanna has been a positive force of change in the beauty industry and continues to do so with her Fenty Beauty line: 100 percent of the proceeds for this bag will be donated to the Clara Lionel Foundation, a non-profit that supports education and emergency response programs around the world. The soft carry all is the ultimate makeup organizer, featuring two transparent removable makeup cubes, plus an internal divider and inner zip pocket in the main compartment. The clear pouches fit inside the case or can be used individually, so it can adapt to the type of trip you're taking. From palettes to bottles of foundation, it this case can pretty much handle it all.

Calpak Hue Toiletry Bag

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.

Béis The Cosmetic Case

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.

Tumi Madina Cosmetic Bag

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.

Calpak Kaya Clear Cosmetics Case

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.