12 Makeup Bags to Keep You (and Your Stash) Organized

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Keeping all of your beauty products in order is no easy task, which is why proper storage is key. A good makeup bag will do all the work for you by having compartments for all your favorite things, protecting from spills and keeping your face oils upright.

From TSA-friendly clear pouches to lock and key hardtops, trust us when we say there’s a makeup bag for everyone. Snag one of these organization helpers and make sure none of your products are left behind when you jet off to your next getaway. 

Here are our picks of the best makeup bags. 

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Dagne Dover Large Hunter Neoprene Toiletry Bag

dagne dover large hunter neoprene toiletry bag

Courtesy of Nordstrom

This is like the Mary Poppins of makeup bags—just when you think it can’t fit another thing, it does. Plus, it seems to have hidden compartments and storage for days. Along one side there’s a mesh pocket with three elastic loops to hold things like your lip balm, roller fragrance, or razor. On the other side are two removable pouches (one shaped like a pencil case, for your brush, and the other like a small Ziploc) where you can store things that might easily get lost (we’re looking at you, hair elastics) or things you may not want getting mixed up in the larger bag. The case itself is insulating and shock-absorbent—because we all know our luggage isn’t always handled with care.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best makeup organizers.

Best Budget: Sonia Kashuk Double Zip Train Case Makeup Bag

sonia kashuk train case

Courtesy of Target

The amount of space and organization in this train case makes it a serious bang for your buck. The top zipper opens to a shallow compartment with a mesh zipper pocket and eight elastic loopholes—perfect for keeping your makeup brushes clean and tucked away. The bottom zipper compartment is nice and roomy to house all of your makeup and skincare essentials. Topped off with an easy to carry handle, this makeup case is ready to go whenever you are.

Best Hard-Shell Case: Soho Black Eye Pop Crosshatch Beauty Case

Soho Black Eye Pop Crosshatch Beauty Case

 Courtesy of Ulta

Whether you’re a professional makeup artist or you just really love makeup, this heavy-duty makeup organizer is the ideal fit for you. Once opened, there are three levels to this beauty case. The first two levels on either side are more shallow and perfect for holding eyeshadows, lipsticks, and brushes while the largest compartment at the bottom is nice and roomy for all of the larger items like foundation, moisturizers, and hairbrushes. When you’re not using it, lock it up with the included lock and key to be sure no one gets their hands on your beauty stash.

Best Organizer: ban.do Block Party Travel Organizer & Cosmetics Case Set

This two-in-one set includes a cosmetics case and a hang-up travel organizer. The cosmetics case has a zipper pouch that opens all the way and includes two mesh pockets, one side zipper pocket, and a removable zipper pouch. If that wasn’t enough to keep you organized, there’s also the hang-up travel case that rolls out to reveal four removable, plastic zipper pouches along with an extra zipper pouch on the back. Hang it on the back of your bathroom door for easy access and more counter space.

Best Luxury: Stephanie Johnson Carrara Louise Travel Case

Stephanie Johnson Carrara Louise Travel Case

Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue 

This case reminds us of the three-ring binders we would get in elementary school with the different pouches for our pencils and markers—only for your beauty products instead. This case looks like it could hold a laptop but open the zipper pouch to find your ultimate beauty organizer. On either side are clear, plastic, waterproof zipper pockets (one of which is removable) while the center houses two removable, mesh zipper pouches. You’ll also get a matching pocket-sized mirror to help with on-the-go touch-ups.

Best for Brushes: Skinnydip Gloss Makeup Roll

Gloss Makeup Roll

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Keep your makeup brushes right where you want them—and away from everything you don’t want them near—with this handy roll-up case. With 12 pocket spaces (in varying sizes), along with a flap that protects the bristles, we can almost bet that your brushes have never been as organized as they will be in this pouch. Slide them all in then roll them up and secure them around the included zipper pouch that can carry all your other everyday essentials to keep everything in one place and ready to go.

Speaking of brushes, take a look at our list of the best foundation brushes to add to your makeup bag.

Best Design: Relavel Travel Makeup Train Case

Design your makeup bag exactly how you like it. This makeup case comes with removable tiles that let you add and remove to build as many or as few compartments as you’d like. There’s also a zipper pocket and three large pouches to hold all of your brushes with a flap to cover up the bristles so they don’t touch anything else or get your bag dirty.

Best Lightweight: Herschel Supply Co. Toiletry Bag

Herschel Supply Co. Toiletry Bag

 Courtesy of Nordstrom

When you’re already carrying the weight of all your beauty products, you don’t need your makeup bag adding extra pounds. This nylon case, while super durable (it uses ripstop technology), is almost as light as a plastic grocery store bag—in the best way possible. While we love that it doesn’t add any weight to your haul, we also love that it can be easily stuffed full or collapse to create more space in your luggage. Plus, there’s a spot inside just waiting for your name on it—literally.

Best Waterproof: Pudinbag Cosmetic Pouch

Made with 2mm worth of silicone, this flexible makeup bag is not only water resistant, but it’s also heat resistant. The inside is roomy enough to hold all of your essentials and small enough to fit in your everyday bag without taking up too much space. Plus, the fun shape and bright color helps it stand out when you’re trying to find it in a hurry. The outside can be easily cleaned with an alcohol swab and the inside can be wiped out with a damp cloth.

Best TSA-Friendly: G-Force 3-Piece Travel Organizer Set

You won’t be the one holding up the security line at the airport when you plan ahead with these clear pouches. This set of three comes with a small, medium, and large clear zipper pouch so you have a spot for all of your toiletries and will pose no questions when you send them through the scanner. Not only will the TSA agents appreciate it, but you’ll also enjoy being able to see exactly which pouch the toothpaste is in when you finally make it to your destination.

Best Oversized: Madewell Large Woven Plaid Tassel Zip Pouch

Madewell Large Woven Plaid Tassel Zip Pouch

 Courtesy of Madewell

For those times when you want to throw organization out the window and just throw all of your things into a big pouch, this is that pouch. No frills here—just a large, really cute plaid pouch about the size of a piece of printer paper with zipper closure to safely hold all of your beauty MVPs.

Best for Travel: Oliver Thomas Not-A-Trainwreck Cosmetic Case

oliver thomas not a train wreck makeup bag

Courtesy of Oliver Thomas

While this looks like your typical train case makeup bag, it’s got all the bells and whistles. Unlike other train cases, this one is completely collapsible, making it ideal to squeeze into a tight suitcase. The water-resistant fabric is also machine washable which means spills or open bottles are no longer a worry. There are two separate zipper compartments: a flatter one on top and a deeper one on the bottom. Both compartments have mesh pockets, with the larger one containing a slip pocket that can hold up to seven makeup brushes. On top of all of that, it comes in a plethora of design options so you can choose the one that best suits your style or luggage.

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