Ask any makeup artist — it's impossible to get a great face full of of makeup without great tools. Eco Tools sells five pieces, including a face brush, an eyeliner, an eyebrow brush and two eye-shadow brushes, all in a compact and affordable on-the-go sheath (Target.com, $11). Your brushes will be protected from germs in your purse, and you'll always have fresh, precise makeup.
When your eyeliner just has to stay in place, Revlon Colorstay is a blessing. This drugstore liner lasts all day, but it's light enough for simple touchups. Stick this thin pencil (Walgreens.com, $5) in your makeup bag for dramatic eyes from day to night.
No matter your skin or foundation color, this matifying powder does the trick. Its translucent shade is perfect for any skin tone, and its thin packaging allows it to slip into just about any purse without taking up too much space. When you get shiny, this ultra-inexpensive powder soaks the shine right up (EyesLipsFace.com, $3).
MAC blush pots (Bloomingdales.com, $21) are perfectly compact and ready to be tossed in any purse. Easily blendable, buildable coverage keeps you rosy on the go, and the pots work perfectly with your go-to portable brush set.
There’s no need to cart around a full-sized mascara kit when Benefit They're Real! Mascara Mini (Macys.com, $10) packs a massive lash punch into an itty-bitty bottle. A couple blinks of this potion in the ladies room will add huge volume to your peepers.
When you're missing that glow at the end of the day, Nars has you covered. Use your full-face brush and dust a bit of this famous highlighter (SaksFifthAvenue.com, $28) onto the tops of your cheekbones, onto your nose and around your chin. You'll be looking like a star in no time.
When you just want a hint of color, CoverGirl has the perfect lip gloss formula. This lipstick-meets-gloss product (Drugstore.com, $5), which is available in a color for everyone, never leaves behind a clunky, clumpy mess and is thin enough to cart anywhere.
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