The Most Travel-Friendly Makeup Bags & Cases

With travel slowly — which is to say, safely — opening back up, scouring the net for weekender bags and summer getaways may newly be on your radar. And if you're adamant about taking your beauty routine on the road, then a functional-stylish receptacle is a must.
From clear, TSA-friendly pouches to sleek and chic makeup pouches that instantly elevate any bathroom counter, we're rounded up the most coveted travel cosmetic bags for every type of beauty person. Ahead, check out the best options for keeping your (beauty) shit together in the slides ahead.
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Glossier The Beauty Bag


Best For: The Glossier Stan

Cute exterior aside, Glossier's new travel bag is high-key amazing. It's roomy enough to fit your entire skin-care routine and has compartments aplenty to keep everything organized.
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Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case


Best For: The Bougie Beauty Lover

Flaunt cute packaging and never waste time searching in a bag again with a crystal-clear zip case that will make going through the security checkpoint a total breeze.
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Lululemon All the Essentials Kit


Best For: The Fitness Queen

Calling all workout mavens: Lululemon's sleeper-hit toiletry kit checks all the boxes. It's water-repellant, sleek, and features a diagonal zip so it lays flat for easy access.
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Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag


Best For: The Form-Meets-Function Beauty Lover

Neoprene isn't just deliciously soft and smooth — it's also durable and water-resistant for moments when you accidentally knock it into the sink.
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Sephora Collection Pack It All Organizer


Best For: The Pragmatist

Most makeup bags are built with compartments for compacts, pencils, and bullets. Others are designed to house brushes. Unfortunately, few are designed to accommodate both. Leave it to Sephora to split the difference: A panel devoted to makeup brush storage features elastic straps to house any sized handle while zippered cubes keep compacts and palettes in place. There's even a flat cosmetic pouch to take your products on the go.
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Béis The Cosmetic Case in Beige


Best For: The Over-Prepared Traveler

Whether you're applying your makeup on the plane or your S.O. is holding up the hotel bathroom, you can always be extra prepared with a travel case that comes with a compact mirror and removable brush holder. Not only do the chic styles from actress Shay Mitchell's new brand serve in functionality, but they also make great backdrops for your skin-care #content.
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Calpak Vanity Case


Best For: The Frequent Flyer

Short of boasting its own set of wheels, this marbled makeup case does everything your favorite full-sized suitcase can: A hard shell protects its contents from aggressive handling, interior zippered compartments keep everything snuggly in place, the elastic strap slings around the handle of your wheeled carry on, and a detachable strap allows you to carry the whole thing like a laptop bag. The endgame: Never having to mourn a missing makeup bag due to lost baggage again.
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ban.do Getaway Travel Organizer


Best For: The Scatterbrain

We've become absolute pros at leaving at least one thing in the bathroom when checking out of a hotel room. Or, we used to be. Now, we rely on hanging makeup bags to keep everything in its place. Because its inside pouches are clear, this case acts more like a bathroom shelf while dangling from a door hook; we can see every inch of what we packed, without having to dig through an entire bag just to get to a skinny eye pencil. The pouches snap out and easily slip into our day bags, not that we mind taking the whole thing with us.
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Sonia Kashuk 4pc Makeup Bag Set


Best For: The Heavy Packer

Take a look at any pro artist's kit: Like makeup matryoshka, you'll find bags in bags in bags, because the multi-pouch system offers the best way to stay organized. This four-piece kit is stocked with a wide pencil case, a soft round-top case (for lipsticks, foundations, bronzers, and highlighters), and a large zippered pouch for palettes and wipes. All of those nest in a clear weekender case, ensuring there's a proper place for everything but the bathroom sink.
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Cuyana Vanity Case


Best For: The Trendsetter

Makeup artist Daniel Martin is known for creating some of the most sophisticated looks, and we're not just talking about Meghan Markle's wedding makeup. The pro also co-designed this timeless leather makeup case, made with a secondary pouch that neatly nestles inside an exterior pocket and can be monogrammed for that special touch.
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Herschel Chapter Travel Kit


Best For: The Adventurer

With thoughtful details like a waterproof hidden zipper, a pebbled leather pull, and a totally washable case, this is the bag for the person spending December backpacking through South America. With a happy blast of bright yellow, you can always spot it at the bottom of a very packed duffel bag.
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