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Top 10 On-The-Go Beauty Essentials

On-The-Go Makeup Application Just Got a Lot Easier

On-The-Go Makeup Application Just Got a Lot Easier

If you’re anything like us, makeup application is rarely limited to a well-stocked beauty drawer in a well-lit bathroom. From stoplights to airport restrooms and dimly lit (likely dirty) restaurant mirrors, we’re touching up, building on, or—let’s face it—starting from scratch with our makeup more days than we aren’t. For the girl who’s always on the go, lugging around a full makeup bag is not an option. That’s why we’ve rounded up the Top 10 on-the-go makeup products to give you a minimalistic look, a refresh, or just some color on your cheeks. From stick blushes and bronzers to a one-stop-shop palette and the CC cream that does pretty much everything, the products on this list are the perfect size for tossing in your purse or a carry-on. Our top picks are easy to use and multi-use for the multi-tasker. Let your blush double as a lip color and your mascara lengthen and thicken. Taking your look from day-to-night has never been easier than it is with the 10 products below! Opening image: @CTilburyMakeup

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March 25, 2019

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Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Easily glides on, stays all day, and wipes right off at night.

COMPLETE THE LOOK: One of those makeup-goes-on-in-the-car days? A swipe of liner, a coat of mascara, and a poppy red lip create a clean, effortless look.


Lorac The Royal Treatment Primer and Mascara

Our Score

LOVED FOR: This unique dual formula strengthens and primes lashes before boosting them with volume.

FROM THE EXPERTS: This mascara is clinically proven to give you twice the thickness and over 7x the volume!


Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look Eyeshadow & Face Palette

Our Score

USERS SAID: "Perfect purse size! Such a saver for overnights, rushed mornings, etc. You can create a full look with this palette, in a rush.. without much effort. It’s great to spice up a day look for a night look- just smoke out the darker shades and you're ready for an unexpected night out!"

LOVED FOR: Universally flattering shades that boast major pigment, are easily blendable, and in oh so creamy formulas!


stila Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Cream

Our Score

BEST FOR: A natural "just been kissed" blush

WHERE TO WEAR: Post plane, morning coffee runs, and after beach dinner and drinks


trèStiQue Brow Pencil

Our Score

BEST FOR: Cindy Crawford level brows

LOVED FOR: So many brow gels are stiff or sticky, but this one sets hairs in place for a soft, natural look.


Nudestix Nudies Matte Blush & Bronze

Our Score

LOVED FOR: The Sunkissed shade gives you just that, a natural bronzed glow!

COMPLETE THE LOOK: Master the no makeup, makeup look by blending this blush/bronzer into your cheekbones, swiping on a coat of mascara, and dabbing on some tinted lip balm.


It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+

Our Score

LOVED FOR: This CC cream is packed with anti-aging ingredients that fight fine lines and wrinkles, all while giving you a flawless complexion and protecting from the sun's harmful rays.

FUN FACT: This CC Cream was a 2018 Reader's Choice Allure Beauty Winner!


Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray

Our Score

BEST FOR: An afternoon pick me up

USERS SAID: "This really is HANDS DOWN the best setting spray I've ever tried!!!! It's so refreshing, leaves your skin looking so dewy and makes your makeup stay on until you wash it off."


Julep Eyeshadow 101 Crème to Powder Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick

Our Score

LOVED FOR: A cream-to-powder means crease-free but hydrating.

HELPFUL TIP: Build color and avoid fallout by rolling this stick across your hand and then applying to lids with the smudger.


Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick

Our Score

LOVED FOR: So lightweight you'll forget you're wearing anything

BEST FOR: New to the contour game? This super blendable stick makes it easy to create a natural look.

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