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Choosing the perfect makeup case is like finding the right smartphone – it’s likely going to go everywhere with you so you’ll want to invest in one that fits your needs and is going to last. If you’re an aspiring makeup artist or on the road to influencer fame, having the right products and tools at hand for those killer looks is going to make life that much easier.

Are you just starting out and looking for your first case? Or perhaps you’ve hit the big time and need something flexible for when you visit clients. No matter what stage you’re at, here are five key things to consider when choosing your next makeup case.

1. What size and shape makeup case will I need?

First of all, what do you need to use your makeup case for? Is it going to stay at home in your bathroom and be used simply to organise and store your fave products? Or will it be coming with you on all your grand adventures? Determining what you need it for will also help you pin down how much makeup and accessories you’ll need it to carry. 

If you’re keeping it light and breezy, the marble pochette might be all you need. Especially if you’re after a makeup case to chuck in your handbag full of essentially. However, if you’re going pro and need something more comprehensive, you might need (and love) all the space that the XL cosmetic case offers. 

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2. Is the lining waterproof?

If you’re going to carry any liquids to your makeup case, it’s a good idea to check that the lining is waterproof (or at the very least, water resistant). The last thing you want is for your new white pants to get covered in a mystery goo when you’re on the way to a shoot #epicfail. Investing in a well-made case will not only save you cash in the long run (as they tend to last longer), but it will also help to make you look the part. A professional, top of the line case can help you build confidence and reassure your clients that you know how to get the job done. 

3. Should I get a makeup case with lights?

You can’t always rely on there being good lighting everywhere you go, so why not bring your own! When it comes to lighting for makeup, you’ve got a few awesome options. Many newer makeup cases come with compartments that easily and safely store vanity mirrors of all shapes and sizes, so make sure you check what’s on offer.

Compact mirrors

These small mirrors are the real heroes of every babe’s handbag. Adding a compact LED mirror to your makeup case is a quick way to make sure you have some illumination at the ready should you get stuck. They don’t take up much space and are glam enough to go with any makeup case you choose.

Portable vanity mirrors

You might like to also add a portable mirror with lights, like the Wanderlite mirror, to your makeup case. It’s roughly the same size as an A4 notebook (and almost as light) and its LED lights are bright enough to use in a variety of lighting conditions. Slip it right into your carryon luggage if you’re jet setting, or slide it into your trolley case along with all your other tools.

4. Is a makeup trolley case a better option? 

This all depends on what you want to use your makeup case for and where you’re going to take it. Most professional makeup artists out there can vouch for how valuable a makeup trolley case is for a few reasons. First, it’s super portable and can come with you just about anywhere. Second, you’re not limited by what you can carry, so yes, you can pack every shade of eyeshadow (just in case). And lastly, you’ll look the part – your clients will see you roll up with a killer makeup station, ready to make their beauty dreams come true!

5. Do I need a soft or hard makeup case?

If you’re on the road, it’s a smart idea to invest in a hard makeup case. That added layer of protection will deal with any bumps and dings along the way. A large cosmetic case can handle what you throw at it, especially if you’re outside on set. But if you’re looking for something that will fit neatly into luggage, then the marble cosmetic carrier is a good option. It’s the perfect travel companion and fits all the essentials that any glam kween could need.

BONUS TIP: Compartments!

To keep all your tools and fave products organised while you’re away from home, get a makeup case with compartments. Your makeup might become a jumbled mess otherwise and your beautiful products might get damaged in the process. Look for removable compartments for your makeup case because they allow you to customise the case to suit your needs. 

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