10 Beauty Products You Should Have in Your Purse at All Times

Regardless of how you spend your days, there are certain products every woman needs in her purse whenever she leaves her front door. These items are not only great for skin care and quick touch-ups, they can also save you from nightmarish embarrassment. Make sure you’re fully prepared for whatever comes your way by having these 10 beauty products in your purse at all times.

1. Lip balm

woman applying lip balm

Lip balm is a must. | iStock.com/petrunjela

Lip balm is a staple beauty product for women throughout their entire lives — you probably even carried it in your first purse as a little girl. Lips are sensitive areas prone to dryness, cracking, and peeling. As such, it’s important to always have your favorite balm handy in your purse to save yourself from flaky, dry lips. Though winter weather is harshest on our skin, lip balm is a necessity in your purse year-round.

2. Hand cream

woman applying hand cream

Keep those hands hydrated. | iStock.com/OlgaMiltsova

The look of your hands is one of the fastest giveaways to your real age. To prevent this area from getting dry and ashen, it’s essential that you make a habit out of applying hand cream throughout the day. As an added bonus, many great lotions double as a perfume, so you should apply all the way up to your wrists.

3. Pressed powder

Face Powder and Puff

Face powder is easy to apply on the go. | iStock.com/_Magnolija_

Unlike foundation, pressed powder is one of the easiest makeups to apply on the go. Whether you’re on a subway, in a taxi, or even briskly walking, a small powder compact can discreetly be opened and applied. Using very little product, pressed powder can make a huge difference in evening out your skin tone, covering blemishes, and absorbing oil. Plus, you won’t have to worry about it spilling inside your purse as you would with a liquid foundation.

4. Concealer

Makeup concealer pencil

Concealer helps you get that flawless look. | iStock.com/pogrebkov

Consider concealer your real-life Instagram filter. By touching up dark under eye circles, acne spots, redness, and discoloration, concealer gives you the appearance of a full night’s sleep and clear skin. Plus, the packaging is conveniently slim, so it’ll never take up much space in your bag.

5. Red lipstick

woman wearing red lipstick

Everyone needs red. | iStock.com/opolja

You never know when you’re going to need to spruce up your look. Perhaps you suddenly have to give a presentation, need to scurry to a date after work, or you simply want to make a bold first impression on whoever comes your way. Red lipstick has transformative abilities. As such, it’s always important to have this secret weapon in your purse.

6. Mascara

Woman with Mascara and Make-up Mirror

Mascara gives your eyes that extra focus. | iStock.com

Mascara is one of those products that’s likely to fade, smudge, or clump over the course of a day. Whether it’s rained, you’re sweating, or you accidentally rubbed your eyes, it’s highly likely you’ll need to reapply it at some point. Always keep a tube of mascara (many brands have perfect sample sizes) in your purse so you can refresh and brighten your eyes any time of day.

7. Small perfume

Studio photo of set of luxury perfume bottles

Perfume will keep you smelling good all day long. | iStock.com/alenkadr

This purse necessity is completely logical, because the smell of perfume and body spray fades over time. When you first leave the house, you’ll probably smell like you’ve just bathed in Chanel No. 5., but by the time 3 p.m. rolls around, you’ll wonder whether you even remembered to put it on. Always carrying a roll-on or mini bottle of your favorite scent is the best way to ensure you smell like an angel all day long. 

8. Travel toothbrush

toothbrush ideal for dental care

Travel-friendly toothbrushes will keep your breath fresh. | iStock.com/nelik

Is there anything more embarrassing than finding spinach in your teeth after lunch? Or, even worse, reeking of garlic breath? Dentists recommend you brush your teeth at least twice a day, so it’s worth keeping one on hand for busy days. Carrying a travel-size toothbrush and toothpaste in your purse can be lifesaving. If you don’t own mini versions, be sure to pick them up from your local drugstore ASAP.

9. Blotting paper

Oil Remover Paper

If you have oily skin, you’ll benefit from these. | iStock.com/AboutnuyLove

Anyone with oily or combination skin will notice an increase in shine around their T-zones as the day goes on. This oil not only ruins your makeup, but it also has the horrible effect of making you look as if you haven’t showered in a few days. To save yourself from this appearance, be sure to always carry blotting paper in your purse. Dabbing problem areas will absorb unwanted oil, keep your face looking fresh, and prevent your makeup from slipping out of place.

10. Makeup bag

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Keep your makeup in a bag. | iStock.com/id-art

The worst thing you can do is carelessly throw your makeup into your purse on its own. Lipstick lids can pop off, perfume bottles can spill, and powder can crack and spread everywhere. To avoid turning the inside of your purse into a crime scene, it’s imperative you keep your products secure in a small makeup bag. This useful container will keep your bag clean and help you find your products without having to go digging.