You’re heading out for the night. You’ve packed your long-lasting lipstick, your breath mints, your ID, some extra cash and maybe some concealer into your little bitty bag. You do one last check in the mirror to make sure your cat eye is even and your hair is in perfect shape. And then you’re out the door, and boy, do you look smokin’.
Fast forward to the next morning. The hours got away from you and you never quite made it home. Whether you crashed on your bestie’s couch after dancing all night long or just had a wee bit of fun with a new flame, chances are you don’t exactly look the same as you did when you left home the night before. We are definitely not here to judge your choices, except when they pertain to your skincare and hygiene habits! So next time you’re headed out, consider adding these small items to your bag. Just in case.
The Morning Breath Busters
First thing’s first. Sister, take care of that morning breath! You mean to tell us you didn’t stash a full-sized toothbrush and toothpaste in your clutch?! Just kidding. But you still have no excuse. Go Smile makes a portable “touch-up” product that will help prevent staining and will freshen up your breath without taking up much space in your bag. And if you have the room, Colgate makes the Wisp Portable Mini-Brush Max, which is a tiny toothbrush that has toothpaste in it.
MDC Product Picks: Touch Up Smile Perfecting Ampoules, Colgate Wisp Portable Mini-Brush Max
The Friendly Face Wipe
The hand soap and water you found in the nearest restroom just isn’t going to do you pretty face any favors. Bring a face-cleansing wipe to remove your makeup. Hopefully you did this before you went to sleep, but at the very least do it as soon as you wake up. We’re begging you. Pro tip: If you don’t have enough room in your bag for a pack of these babies, just fold one up into a little square and place in a Ziploc bag.
MDC Product Pick: L'Oréal RevitaLift Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes
Magical Morning Moisturizer
A travel-sized version of your facial moisturizer can come in handy for oh-so-many purposes, if need be. You need this stuff to bring elasticity and vibrancy back to your face. But it can also be used to tame flyaways and remove any residual eye makeup from that crazy dark smoky eye you had on the night before.
MDC Product Pick: Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer
The Belle of the Rollerball
Um, yeah. You might not smell so pretty right about now. We’re not saying you stink (well, maybe we are). Either way, it couldn’t hurt to put on a subtle perfume. We recommend using a scent that is fresh and light and not musky.
MDC Product Pick: Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance Rollerball
Tie One On
The picture- perfect hair of last night is likely long gone. You probably didn’t have room for a brush and dry shampoo in your bag, but there’s always room for a cute hair tie. Just sweep your hair back into a messy ponytail and you’ll be good to go.
MDC Product Pick: Emi-Jay Hair Ties
A Pop of Color
You smell nice, and you have a clean face and a pretty pony, so you’re ready to face the day (or at least make it home unnoticed!). Go the extra mile and add some blush to your cheeks and a bit of soft color to your lips. We love products that work as both blush and lip color — less purse space!
MDC Product Pick: YSL Kiss & Blush in Rose Libre
What are you best tricks after a long night out? Let us know in the comments below!
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