It’s that time of year again. Summer has slipped away and the weather has taken a decidedly autumnal turn. The daily commute has returned to a crowded and lengthy slog and our social network feeds are filled with photos of brand new school uniforms. Yep, September is here and it’s back to school season. Whilst this isn’t necessarily a significant time for those of us who are no longer in education, or do not have children, personally I see it as a great excuse to distract myself from my post-holiday blues by giving my makeup bag a mini upgrade. Think of it as your new beauty pencil case for the new season (complete with erasers and crayons!)
First up, it’s time to replace that well-loved bag that’s been faithfully toting all your essentials. Chances are that unless you religiously and frequently deep clean it, it’s going to be host to a whole load of bacteria that have been happily breeding in its darkest depths. We’re fans of the simplistic design of LA Girl’s small cosmetic bag – with a wide zip opening, even your most evasive lip balm will have no where to hide! The wipe clean design and compact size ensures it’s the perfect choice for your handbag.
No back to school kit would be complete without a shiny new eraser! Buff away your beauty mistakes with the makeup equivelant of a Staedtler. Machine washable, the microfibre material efficiently buffs away all traces of makeup (even waterproof mascara!) without the need for any cleansers. Great for sensitive types, and also a serious money saver, this is a truly virtuous choice for A* beauty students.
Next on the corrective list, Cover FX’s Perfect Pencil. Akin to a Tippex pen for your breakouts, the fine-tipped nib gives you the ultimate precision when covering any and all imperfections. With an extra slim design it’ll take up next to no room in your makeup bag, allowing you to touch up wherever you may be. As an added bonus, the pen is retractable too with a built in sharpener keeping it performing at it’s best for longer.
The ultimate beautifying palette to keep you pretty all day long, Stila’s Perfect Me, Perfect Hue set is packed with shadows and blusher shades. The mirrored compact is great for quick checks through the day, whilst the colours are especially chosen to complement one another, with minimal effort.
Akin to the favourite Parker pen in your pencil case, Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Brow Definer is the superior choice for perfectly sculpted brows. With it’s angled, triangular nib, it can be used to fill in larger areas and create the finest, hair-like strokes for a stunnuing finish every time. The creamy texture glides across skin without any drag, plus it’s smudge-resistant, too!
Taking inspiration from our much loved coloured styluses, we’re stashing one of these lip crayons into our bag. The chunky design makes it easy to quickly fill lips on the run, whilst the formula offers great colour pay off with a glossy finish, whilst hydrating the skin, too. Stash a couple in your new makeup bag to mix up your look through the day.
Finally, if you’re taking the make-upgrade approach seriously, we can’t recommend quality brushes highly enough. A purpose created travel set will prove indespensible, both for your handbag for desk to bar occasions, and for trips away, too. Kevyn Aucoin’s set features the best brushes from the range, including the famed foundation brush, paired with a complementing brush in a dual-ended design for maximum space saving.