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We love to travel! Who doesn't? But you know what our least favorite part of traveling is? Packing. It can be such a tedious task, especially when you're trying to pack smaller items like your makeup and toiletries.

You will find all kinds of packing hacks on social media—telling you to wrap your stuff with your socks and hide it in your shoes or some other "must-see hack". Don't get us wrong—these do work and help you make the most out of the space you have in your luggage bags.

But when you're stuffing small items all over your suitcase, it only makes it harder to find them and much easier to lose. Who wants to spend hours rummaging through all their stuff just to find one small thing?

It's much easier to keep them in one place. What you need is a travel makeup bag specifically designed to keep your makeup and toiletries together. That's why today, we're going to cover the best makeup cases for traveling with in 2021. We've got an option for every beauty queen out there, so read through to the end and see which one is right for you!

Why Do You Need The Best Makeup Cases Possible When Traveling?

A makeup bag is an essential traveling item. It's not just about being stylish—although the style is a bonus. Rather, it's all about having one centralised space to keep your makeup in.

However, the best makeup bags for traveling are not just about keeping your makeup organised. It's also about keeping your precious makeup and tools safe from any damages during your travels.

A lot of people have shared their own horror stories of their foundation, concealers, or liquid eyeliner breaking or exploding during travel. And it's honestly one of the worst things that can happen when you're on vacation.

Makeup isn't cheap! Plus, it's not easy to get makeup out of your clothes, and if it happens to explode in your purse, that is another super challenging to clean. In a worst-case scenario, you may be forced to trash the purse and buy a new one.

When you invest in high-quality travel makeup bags, you can prevent these nightmare situations from ever happening to you. This way you can travel with all your beauty essentials without worrying about them getting lost or damaged. 

What Makes The Best Makeup Case To Travel With?

When you're choosing a makeup bag, there are a few points you'll want to consider before making a final decision. You want to ensure that you purchase the best makeup bag there is, and not just some container to dump your things in.

But, we get it—with all the makeup case options on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the best one—this is why we're here to help you narrow things down a bit.

After doing some research on customer preferences, we found the five characteristics that make the best travel makeup bags:


Here are a couple of questions you should ask yourself to determine how big a makeup bag you'll need: 

  • How long will you be traveling? 
  • How glammed up do you plan on being during your trip? Are you going camping, or are you hitting a photoshoot on the beach?
  • Are you bringing makeup for yourself only, or are you packing for your friends and family as well? 
  • Are you traveling for work as a makeup artist, or are you going on a personal trip? 

Once you've figured out the answer to these questions, you should have narrowed your options down substantially. It'll be much easier to choose a makeup bag from there.

Durability and Security

If you want to avoid broken foundation bottles and cracked eyeshadow palettes, you need a makeup bag that is durable enough to keep your beauty products safe. Hardshell makeup bags and cases are what you turn to if you're seeking durability and security. However, these tend to be a bit pricier than most cosmetic bags. 

Some soft-shelled or soft-sided cosmetic cases might not provide much structure, but they provide cushioning for your products. If you don't have foundation bottles made of glass, a soft-shelled cosmetic case will safely store your cosmetics just fine.

Number of Compartments

If you're a neat freak like us, a compartment-rich makeup bag is an absolute must. There is nothing better than a makeup bag with tons of pockets, pouches, and dividers. These will help you organise all your makeup brushes, cosmetics, skincare products, and toiletries instead of just dumping them into a bag.

Having a lot of compartments might seem overwhelming for some, but it actually helps you segment things and find things easier once it's time to unpack. Trust us, having more compartments is much better than having too few.


Versatility and multi-functionality are other things to consider in a makeup bag as well. Sometimes we'll want to bring non-makeup items during our trip, and we want something that can carry those items too. Or maybe you aren't always on the go, so you need a makeup bag that you won't have to unpack all the time. Something that you can leave as is, and it won't look out of place at home.

Whatever the reason is, versatility is always a good factor to consider in any bag. Even if you aren't traveling with your makeup all the time, your cosmetic bag will be put to good use since you can use it for other things as well. 


We know we said that style is just a bonus. Of course, functionality is above everything else. But you don't have to sacrifice one for the other. The best makeup bags will allow you to be functional and stylish at the same time. 

The Best Makeup Cases For Traveling In 2021

Whether you're looking for something to pack your daily essentials, or you want to bring your entire makeup collection on your travels, one thing is for sure. We have a specific makeup bag to meet your wants and needs. From lightweight pouches to large compartment-rich trolleys—here are some of the best makeup bags for traveling:

The Marble Pochette

If you need a lightweight makeup bag that can also double as a toiletry bag, consider this classy Marble Pochette. It is the perfect size to carry all your daily makeup and toiletry essentials.

It's 18cm by 13 cm, so it has just enough space for your foundation, concealer, a tiny eyeshadow palette, some blush, a few lipsticks or lip glosses, and maybe a couple of makeup brushes too. It also features a chic marble design topped with gold hardware and an easy-to-clean metallic interior.

The Lucent Case Mini

This hardshell Lucent Case Mini is like no other travel makeup train case. It combines glamour, functionality, and durability in one.

It starts out as a compact case at just 22cm. But inside, it features two fold-out compartments with a deep base and a fold-out mirror on top. This means it can act as a mini vanity when you're on the go or even when you're just at home.

The Lucent Case Mini is an absolute stunner. With its studded metal exterior, see-through acrylic top, and glittered interior, you'll absolutely love this one. This design is not only stylish, but is also meant to protect your delicate cosmetics, too.

The premium exterior of the case is made of aluminum, acrylic, ABS, and MDF. These are some of the most durable, lightweight, and impact-resistant materials you can find. So even if your travel becomes bumpier than expected, trust that all your beauty essentials will be safe from damages. It also comes with a buckle latch with a lock and two keys. You can rest assured that your makeup is extra safe while traveling.

The Large Cosmetic Case

Stay hyper-organised even when you're on the go with the Large Cosmetic Case. With its multiple inserts, zippered compartments, and fully customisable dividers—this makeup bag is the epitome of versatility and multi-functionality.

The number of compartments on this thing is unbelievable! It has brush holders on the front compartment with a clear flap to protect the bristles and keep them clean. The dividers on the bottom compartment are made of solid durable foam to protect your makeup and it's fully customisable too. So you can remove and adjust the dividers to fit your needs.

This sleek leather makeup bag is not only great for makeup, but it can also carry hairdressing equipment, camera equipment—you name it! 

You can carry the Large Cosmetic Case like a briefcase, or you can attach the straps and wear it across your body. It even has an opening at the back that will allow you to secure it onto your luggage handle.

The Lucent Case

As you can probably surmise, this is a larger version of the Lucent Case Mini. It's designed with the same glamorous—and durable—studded metal exterior, crystal clear acrylic top, and glittered interior. But this time, it features six compartments instead of just two that fold out in both ways.

It comes in four colorways as well. Black with gold details, rose gold with holographic studs, rose gold with white studs, and gold with white studs.

The Small Roller Trolley

Always traveling? Never leave your essentials behind with the Small Roller Trolley—it's any traveling makeup artist or makeup enthusiast's dream. It is extremely compact and portable, has a front exterior pocket, two side exterior pockets, and comes with 6 individual cosmetic cases that fit perfectly inside the trolley.

This is perfect even if you aren't just carrying makeup. You could fit hair supplies, clothes, gadgets, and other traveling essentials into this "makeup bag". It's really an all-around travel bag! The Small Roller Trolley is 49cm tall, 29 cm wide, and 23 cm deep. It comes with an extendable handle, a carry handle, and smooth gliding wheels.

The Medium Roller Trolley

Is the Small Roller Trolley not enough to fit all your favorite beauty products? Go for the Medium Roller Trolley instead! It is a much larger bag compared to the Small Roller Trolly and features 4 exterior zipper pockets, 3 interior zipper pockets, and 8 individual cosmetic cases. It is approximately 54 cm tall, 38 cm wide, and 28 cm deep.

So whether you're a makeup artist or just have a makeup obsession, this baby will definitely be able to carry all your essentials. You could fit every foundation and concealer shade, dozens of eyeshadow palettes, blushes, powders, sets of makeup brushes, falsies, and so much more!

Final Thoughts On The Best Makeup Cases For Traveling

Just as our makeup style is personal, choosing a makeup bag is also a personal experience. The best makeup bag for you might not be the best makeup bag for another and vise versa. Always keep in mind the five factors when choosing the best makeup bag for yourself.

But whatever it is that you want or need, we're sure that you'll find it right here at Luvo!

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Luvo is the best place to find makeup cases for travel. All of our cosmetic bags are made with the most premium quality materials. So each bag looks and feels luxurious, but the price is affordable enough not to break the bank. We also have a wide range of other cosmetic essentials such as ring lightsvanity mirrorsacrylic makeup organisers, and more.

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