Stay organized with these affordable picks that fit everyone's lifestyle.

By Jennifer Aldrich
September 23, 2020
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I'll admit it: When it comes to makeup products and skincare items, I have a spending problem. There are always so many beauty goodies I feel like I have to have. (And with a pandemic going on, I have plenty of time to shop online.) I realize the more things I buy, the more storage I'm going to need. And it doesn't matter if your item is $5 or $50, it's helpful to keep them organized and prevent delicate products from becoming damaged. That's why I found the best makeup bags for a variety of preferences. (I've had them all and I swear by their quality.) These options are affordable, stylish, and most importantly, they'll keep all your favorites together and safe.

Courtesy of Dagne Dover

This five-star rated bag comes in three sizes. The small, which measures 7.5 x 4 x 4.5 inches, is excellent if you want to keep your daily products readily available (including your foundation, favorite concealer, and preferred mascara, for example). The large (9 x 4.75 x 5.5 inches) and the extra-large sizes (11.5 x 5.5 x 6 inches) are perfect if you want to pack up everything. (I own the extra-large because I have quite a few products to store.) It's made of waterproof neoprene and comes in six colors, as well as a seasonal option when available.

Buy It: Hunter Toiletry Bag (from $35, Dagne Dover)

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Even if the only traveling you're doing right now is around your house, you'll want to snag this bag for your future endeavors. It's a perfect size (7.25 x 6.25 x 2 inches) to hold your essentials when you're on the go, and the iridescent material is TSA-friendly.

Buy It: Skinnydip Makeup Travel Bag ($26, Nordstrom)

Courtesy of Target

I love this choice because it's really four bags in one. There are three smaller pouches and one big zip-up that can hold everything. I often use the small options for my makeup and the big clear bag, which measures 8 x 13 x 5.5 inches, for my larger hair care products.

Buy It: Sonia Kashuk Makeup Organizer Bag Set ($35, Target)

Courtesy of Sephora

Are you constantly browsing your favorite beauty store for more goodies to add to your collection? (Don't worry, I'm guilty, too.) This large case that measures 12 x 8 x 8 inches can hold everything, including your brushes. It has a nearly perfect five-star rating with buyers praising how well it's made. "This is a high-quality bag," one five-star reviewer writes. "I have had mine for years now, and it keeps all my products organized."

Buy It: Sephora Collection Pro on the Go Traincase ($52, Sephora)

Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury

This pouch is great for a couple of reasons. The art on it is cute, and that's always going to get bonus points for me. Second, it's a great size to fit a few things that you want to keep together in your purse. I usually put in a lipstick or lip balm, my hand sanitizer, an extra face mask, and still have room for more.

Buy It: Hot Lips Makeup Bag ($32, Charlotte Tilbury)

Courtesy of Ulta

For anyone who prefers a hard case, you'll want to check out this affordable option. At first, the gorgeous rose gold color catches your eye, but you'll also be impressed with its durability. One five-star reviewer notes it survived flying off a moving car.

Buy It: Caboodles on the Go Girl ($20, Ulta)

Courtesy of Béis

Some bags have no space for brushes, and you feel like half your routine is fishing them out and swearing they're lost until you realize they're wedged in a corner. (This is especially annoying for smaller eyeshadow applicators.) This zippered option, which is 9.4 x 4.25 inches, gives plenty of room for all your brushes, so you'll know exactly where each one is at all times.

Buy It: Béis The Cosmetic Bag ($58, Ulta)


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