We get it. You like to be prepared. But lugging around an overstuffed clutch from party to party this holiday season is simply not stylish. Between finding the perfect fruit cake recipe and tracking down heels you can actually stand to wear all night, the last thing you need to worry about is stuffing your entire makeup kit into a bag meant to hold little more than a cell phone.
Although it might seem hard to cut some products loose, trust us, in this case, less is more.
To help you maximize your beauty stash in minimal clutch space, we rounded up eight of the tiniest beauty products on the market. But don’t let these minis fool you — each one packs a powerful punch. Being prepared just got a minimal makeover.
1. trèStiQue Tinted Face Stick
This new makeup line is all about quality on the go. This cream-gel tinted moisturizer stick delivers light but flawless finish to cover just slightly. Not only is the stick compact, but it comes with a mini face blender sponge attached to save you even more valuable purse space. (trestique.com, $34)
2. Stowaway Cosmetics Defined Lash Mascara
The makeup minimalist will adore Stowaway Cosmetics, a brand whose primary mission is to create miniature yet luxe makeup. This pint-sized mascara is a perfect addition to any petite bag and doesn’t skimp on performance. (stowawaycosmetics.com, $12)
3. Wander Beauty On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator
For just an ever-so-slight kiss of glow, this dual blush and illuminator stick is an absolute must — not to mention the subtle hints of color work well on all skin tones. We like this piece for use on the cheeks, brow bones and lips. (net-a-porter.com, $42)
4. Smashbox Double Exposure Mini Palette
This palette might be small in size, but with eight colors to choose from, it’s definitely not small in payoff. With colors ranging from metallic silver to a dark espresso, you can create just about any eye look imaginable with the multitude of combos. (smashbox.com, $24)
5. Pixi by Petra Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette
Ideal for the holidays, this quartet of eyeliners is a must-haves for any holiday party. They might be small and sleek in size, but these liners serve up richly pigmented hues and an easy-to-use formula that lasts throughout any cocktail hour. (target.com, $18)
6. Bite Beauty Bite Mix and Mingle
Never crowd your clutch with multiple lipsticks again thanks to Bite Beauty’s latest duos. These double-ended lipsticks pair two colors to wear separately or layered together for a holiday pout that won’t fade. Plus with super-antioxidant resveratrol infused in each, added anti-aging benefits are another bragging point of these finds. (sephora.com, $14)
7. Julep #Coveted Best of 2015 Nail Color Collection
Although this 12-piece mini nail polish set comes housed in a holiday box designed by French artist Camille Rousseau and is a great find on its own, these popular totable shades from Julep are ideal for grab-and-go situations. Simply toss your fave color in your bag — just in case. (julep.com, $48)
8. beautyblender blotterazzi
As the first reusable cushion blotter, this compact oil absorber fights shine without disrupting makeup or requiring a full-face touch up. Plus with the slim compact and mirror, you can blot on the fly very discreetly. (sephora.com, $20)
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