10 Must-have Items in Your Makeup Bag


Translucent Powder

Makeup should never scream "made-up." Ideally, it should look natural and effortless. Translucent face powder can give you that effortless look. When applied correctly, it's invisible, but it creates a flawless, perfectly blended look.

Translucent powder is a sheer, fine and colorless substance. It's applied all over the face in a light layer, and it has a few different benefits:

  • It smoothes out the borders between each makeup element (foundation, eyes, cheeks)
  • It controls oil and shine
  • It "sets" foundation and concealer so they last longer and don't streak
  • It can tone down mistakes (like too much color on the cheeks)

You can apply translucent powder to your eyelids, and around your lips, nose, forehead and chin to reduce shine.

Translucent powder comes in different shades to match your skin tone, and in a couple of different forms: loose powder and pressed powder. For an on-the-go makeup bag, you'll probably want to go with pressed powder. It's less likely to leak out all over the bag, and it typically comes with a built-in applicator so you don't have to carry a separate brush.