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10 of the best: handbag essentials

In today’s busy world, it’s tempting to try  to squeeze all our make-up into our bags so we’re equipped for pretty much every eventuality – but why not opt for an edited selection of on-the-go essentials instead? Welcome to your beauty survival kit.

High-Performance Concealer

If you ask a make-up expert for a high-performance, multi-tasking concealer, chances are they will whip Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer out of their bag. Apply this wonder stick to any area that needs a little bit of TLC for even, non-cakey coverage, concealing the darkest under-eye circles or angriest of blemishes.
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Clé de Peau Beauté beauty product

Modern Contouring on the Move

Contouring isn't the only way to sculpt your face. Draping is using strategically applied blusher to similar effect, with darker shades applied under the cheekbones and temples, medium shades on the apples of cheeks and lighter shades on the high points. Natasha Denona Bloom Palette does all of the above, and doubles up as eyeshadow, too.
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Natasha Denona colour palette

Trusty Travel Tool

The Hourglass Double Ended Complexion Brush scores points for transportability, hygiene and its multi-tasking magic – use the bigger end for powder and contour and the finer end for highlighter or blurring concealer. We want one for every bag.
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Hourglass brush

If You Only Carry One Lipstick

It’s almost too pretty to use, but a Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat Matte Lipstick should be in every SOS kit, ideal for that last-minute meeting or spontaneous date. Gucci’s covetable collection also offers sheer, satin and baume textures – but matte’s a modern, cool and understated clutch companion.
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Video of Gucci lipstick rolling out of bag

Small but Mighty

Thanks to its porous nature, hair is more likely to carry scent longer than skin, and we love the Byredo Slow Dance Hair Fragrance. With notes of vanilla, patchouli and geranium, this bestseller is the ideal way to get a quick spritz-me-up on the move. Plus, the metal packaging is definitely more handbag-friendly than glass.
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Byredo slow dance beauty product

Hygiene Hit

Non-negotiable germs call for non-negotiable hygiene. Aesop’s Rinse-Free Hand Wash is fast drying, non-sticky and deliciously scented. Plus, unlike using water, it’s less likely to cause chapped skin when cold weather sets in. Who knew hand sanitizer could be so chic?
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Aesop dispenser and pump

Midday Mist

While it may look cute, this pocket-size product packs quite the punch. Refreshing and soothing, the TonyMoly Pocket Bunny Moisture Mist not only smells divine for a sensorial perk-up, but the ingredients – mango, orange, berry and baobab tree extracts – help keep skin hydrated and topped up with antioxidants.
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Tonymoly bunny moisture mist product

Everything Eye Palette

One palette, nine shades. Dior Backstage Custom Eye Palette takes you straight from desk to disco in seconds. But it’s not just about eyeshadow – the shimmering golden tones are brilliant for a quick highlighter touch-up and, if you smudge the black into your lashline with your pinky finger, bam! You’ve got yourself an eyeliner.
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Video of Dior colour palette

Sayonara, Shine

Say hello to your shine saviour. The Shiseido Oil-Control Blotting Paper should be your first port of call for a complexion refresh – use it and you may find you need nothing more to combat oily areas. Pat over any problem areas for an instantly refreshed, shine-free look.
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Shiseido oil blotting paper packet in white with pink sheets

Forever Hair Hero

The Tangle Teezer is one of those brilliant does-what-it-says-on-the-tin products. Keep your locks intact with the compact hairbrush, which sits neatly in your hand and even neater in your bag, ready to tackle any flustered, knotted mane without pulling or tearing.
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Tangle Teezer in peach
Beauty products displayed on a table

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