In modern-day life, rushing around with a handbag prepped for all eventualities is now the norm, the beauty kit playing perhaps the most crucial role. Whether for a fashion editor attending back-to-back shows or a city-dweller dashing from one engagement to another, these ten hard-working products – including a hair saviour and a triple-use colour stick – have earned their place in your capsule collection.
The City Must-Have
City-dwellers know pollution is a problem, particularly for healthy skin. In polluted areas, harmful particles can penetrate the skin’s surface, making cells weaker and more susceptible to damage. CHANEL's Hydra Beauty Essence Mist can help counteract the process; spray a protective layer over make-up to block pollutants from being absorbed, while refreshing and brightening skin.
The Eye Opener
For mascara that won’t budge, opt for a waterproof formula. Estée Lauder’s can be layered without any flaking for a sultry evening eye.
Shiseido’s moisturiser is the ultimate hybrid base, containing colour-matching particles to mimic your skin tone and provide an even base, while protecting with SPF 30. Not just a hydrator, upon blending with fingers, the white cream transforms into a lightweight foundation that directly matches your colouring.
The Hand Hero
Salvage dry hands with a nourishing hand cream; Fresh’s uplifting scent offers an immediate remedy.
The Scent Essential
Plump for a handbag-friendly scent such as Acqua Di Parma's Travel Spray to re-spritz throughout the day.