How to choose the cosmetics pouch

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Whether you are a funky teenager or a professional executive, you probably have a few make-up items in your collection. Maybe there are just a few lipsticks and mascara or maybe you are the proud owner of a complete cosmetics kit that includes everything from highlighter to blush. No matter the case, it is never a practical idea to keep all these objects scattered all around the house, because you will probably end up losing some of them. To keep things organized, you should invest in a high quality cosmetics pouch. There are countless designs to choose from – colorful, classy, edgy or traditional. To make sure you have a wise investment, here are the top three criteria that you need to consider before buying anything.

The optimal size It goes without saying that pouch bags have to be practical. Getting a bag that is the same size as a tote or satchel completely beats the purpose. If you have that many cosmetics, then use a separate wardrobe or a professional makeup case. However, you can’t take this with you when you travel. A make-up pouch allows you to carry the essentials and you can place it in your bag. Choose a smaller size that fits in a satchel: this way, you will be able to take your basics with you no matter where you go. The perfect size is about 15 cm long and 10 cm tall and should fit a mascara, a lipstick, lip balm, powder, a small hairbrush, a tube of foundation, a travel size deodorant and a small mirror. The bag shouldn’t be too big and if you go on a plane it should fit in your hand luggage without problems.

The best material Never forget to check the quality of the material when buying these pouches. When handling them, your hands will probably be full of foundation and chances are the bag will be stained with lipstick and eye shadow no matter how well you look after it. Since you cannot avoid this, the only thing you can do is make sure you find a material that cleans easily and is washing machine safe. Also, try to avoid bags that have a spongy layer at the base, because this will probably break once it is exposed to water. The safest material is probably plastic, but this doesn’t look very stylish, so you can opt for the second best choice, which is polyester. The material you should avoid is velvet – it might look very classy and exquisite in the store, but once you start using it, it will get a lot of lint.

Cool designs for cosmetic pouches The most pleasant part when looking for cosmetics bags is having a look at all the adorable designs. There are hundreds of options to choose from, but, as a rule of thumb, try to avoid white, because it stains the easiest. To save money, you could look for special offers that include a set of handbag plus pouch. Designers usually do this and if you are lucky, you can even get the latter for free.

FABIOLA GROSHAN