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16 Best Makeup Bags to Stash All Your Cosmetics

Take your vanity on the road with these travel cases.

16 best makeup bags to stash all your cosmetics
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We updated this article in October 2022 to add information about each product, based on extensive research done by the Good Housekeeping Institute. Our original top-rated picks remain the same, with the addition of newer options.


Every minute spent rifling around your luggage for that eyeliner you swore you packed means precious vacay time lost. Rather, corral loose makeup brushes and stray hair ties with a handy makeup bag. Whether you're traveling or just trying to organize your vanity, cut through the clutter by investing in a cosmetic case that neatly stashes everything from your liquids to powders. Unlike standard toiletry bags, many makeup bags feature smart pockets specifically designed to fit eyeshadow palettes and mascaras while waterproof lining keeps messy mishaps minimal.

Our Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty, Health & Sustainability Lab and Textiles Lab influenced our list of recommended makeup bags, which includes picks from top-tested brands like Calpak and Dagne Dover. Safeguard your makeup routine — from full-sized setting sprays to beauty sponges — as you travel. Below you'll find the best makeup bag that suits your need, no matter if you need a large makeup bag organizer to keep your cosmetics on deck or a small TSA-approved cosmetics bag that'll help you clear security in a wink.

Our top picks:

Scroll on for more about how we chose the best (and cutest) makeup bags. If you're still stocking up on travel essentials, take a look at our guides to the best luggage brands to shop and the best luggage on Amazon.

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1
Best Overall Makeup Bag
Truffle
Clarity Jetset Case
Truffle
2
Best Value Makeup Bag
Bopipa
Toiletry Bag
Bopipa
3
Best Clear Makeup Bag
Calpak
Clear Cosmetics Case
Calpak
Now 20% off
4
Best Makeup Bag for Skincare
Dagne Dover
Mila Toiletry Organizer
Dagne Dover
5
Best Printed Makeup Bag
Vercord
Travel Makeup Cosmetic Case
Vercord
6
Best Large Makeup Bag
Glossier
The Beauty Bag
Glossier
7
Most Convenient Makeup Bag
Lay-n-Go
Cosmo Cosmetic Bag
Lay-n-Go
8
Best Small Makeup Bag
Saie
Lilac Oversized Makeup Bag
Saie
9
Most Compact Makeup Bag
Jadyn B
Cinch Top Compact Travel Makeup Bag
Amazon
10
Best Makeup Bag for Spills
Away
The Small Toiletry Bag
Away
11
Best Leather Makeup Bag for Brushes
Parker Clay
Leather Pouch
Parker Clay
12
Best Makeup Bag Organizer
BAGSMART
Hanging Makeup Bag
BAGSMART
Now 38% off
13
Most Cute Makeup Bag Set
Once Upon a Rose
3-Piece Cosmetic Bag Set
Once Upon A Rose
14
Best Personalized Makeup Bag
Walker Valentine
Milan Case
Walker Valentine
15
Best Cosmetics Case for Makeup Artists
Joligrace
Professional Makeup Case
Joligrace
16
Best Designer Makeup Bag
Bloomingdale's
Little Brown Cosmetics Case
Bloomingdale's
How we chose the best makeup bags
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Our Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab experts regularly test travel bags across the map, from laptop backpacks to packing cubes to underseat luggage. We consider the materials to get a sense of whether the product will hold up over time. While the GH Beauty Lab hasn't tested this category specifically, our pros recommend looking for lined toiletry bags if you're packing liquids to prevent potential spills from seeping through or opt to store them in some sort of reusable bags. The makeup bags in this list includes picks from previous top-tested brands, personal favorites of our product experts or popular options with rave consumer reviews and ratings.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?
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GH's Associate Editor of Product & Reviews Jacqueline Saguin regularly collaborates with the GH Institute and its wide breadth of experts. She sourced picks that our Beauty Lab pros and Textiles Lab pros alike have recommended in past roundups. Textiles Product Reviews Analyst Grace Wu contributed expertise on makeup bag materials as well as previous Lab tests, data and evaluations that informed these picks.

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