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Downsize your daily make up bag with travel-sized essentials

Verity Douglas
Writer and expert5 years ago
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If you've bulked up a bicep from lugging a 'full face' around every day then you need to take heed of these miniature must-haves. Your favourites now come in cute (aaaaaaw!), lightweight, transportable tubes, pots and compacts, so streamline your handbag with beauty for Borrowers...

Uniting their bestselling {Veil Mineral Primer} and {Veil Setting Powder}, Hourglass have brought you this exclusive blurring {duo} to create a 'filtered' canvas and extend your make up's wear time. Lending a 'soft focus', lit-from-within look, these translucent formulas fit in the miniest minaudière.

Eliminate the risk of spills with clever stick foundations. We have a swathe of solid formulas to choose from but By Terry's {Nude Expert} unites a creamy cover-up with a glow-giving dewy balm so you can customise your coverage and emphasise your assets with a whisper of sophisticated shimmer (we say 'oui')!

Too Faced's formidable {Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer} (try saying that five times fast) can be used to disguise your skin sins and create definition for Moss-worthy bone structure. Carry a couple of shades to conceal as you chisel those cheekbones - apply straight from the wand and blend with fingers for a seamless, sculpted look.

Highlight and blusher-or-bronzer in one, Hourglass {Ambient Lighting} confections now come in adorable travel-sized pans. Exquisitely marbled (can't. stop. gazing...), these subtle, light-scattering colours lend skin a sweet flush or a warm, sunkissed lustre that makes your skin glow. And, they're dainty enough to be stowed in a pocket if need be!

Enhance your eyes with baby-sized {Ombre Blackstar} in No. 4 - a diminutive stick of smooth, creamy eyeshadow that blends with your fingers for soft, smoky smoulder, then draw a slinky, feline flick with Benefit's {They're Real! Push Up Eyeliner}.

Finish with a quick coat of mascara - we worship {Hourglass Caution Extreme} for phenomenal length and formidable flutter - then add some instant 'oomph' to brows with Benefit's {Ka-Brow} for Polly Pockets (it's so dinky!).

Lace lips with a slick of nude lipstick (both Huda and Anastasia Beverly Hills have excelled on the mini lip front). Each with four shades to pick from, we rate the former's {Liquid Matte Minis Sets} but traditionalists might prefer THESE über-cute {Mini Matte Lipsticks} - chic golden bullets which span the whole spectrum of barely-there beige to mauve-rose.


Verity Douglas
Writer and expert
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Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...