Between meetings, soccer games, and workouts, sometimes you need more than a swipe of lipstick to freshen up. Borrow these simple tips from mom and entrepreneur Sue Fuller, who has made portable style her business.

By Erica Metzger
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Getting ready on the go is a daily ritual for many women. And when you’re running around all day, efficiency is everything. “My bag is full of things that do more than one job, plus travel-sizes like blush and powder,” says Sue Fuller, president of the company Oliver Thomas—named after the cofounder, her Shih Tzu—that designs lightweight, washable bags with names like Not a Trainwreck.


Essential Makeup Items Checklist

These six products are all priced at $50 or less and can help you achieve a polished look morning to night. Portable style for the win.

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Liner and Lipstick in One

"I try to always find makeup solutions that are versatile. I find the Lip Crayon to be exactly that. It provides the ability to be a lip liner and lipstick all in one! If you have time for only a single application or a quick touch-up, this is definitely the holy grail!"

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Peachy Blush

Finding the right blush is so much easier with a recommendation, right? Fuller likes to use a soft, natural color like peach with a hint of shimmer because it flatters her complexion year-round and makes her face look radiant (even in winter).

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Do-It-All Makeup Tool: Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush

Fuller uses this versatile brush to apply both liquid and cream products like foundation, blush, and highlighter. "It is the perfect shape and size for all major powders or compacts, and the bristles are are sturdy and long-lasting," she says.

Glow Ahead Face Oil by Wander Beauty
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Face Oil: Glow Ahead Face Oil

For a dewy-on-demand look, apply this face oil. Its clever spillproof dropper makes it purse-friendly.

Maybelline New York Falsies Mascara
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Black Mascara: Maybelline New York The Falsies False Lash Mascara

Applying mascara during transit takes some practice, but it's totally doable. Fuller's tip for on-the-go application: Hold the mascara wand horizontally as close to base of your top lashes as possible. Blink into the wand a few times to coat.

Beautycounter Skin Tint Cream in Porcelain
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Sheer Coverage: Skin Tint Hydrating Foundation

A hydrating tinted moisturizer with the power of SPF is an essential base layer for on-the-go gals like Fuller. It's lighter than traditional foundation, and it packs a lot of pluses into one travel-friendly tube.


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