We’ve done our makeup in plenty of questionable environments: while sitting on a towel at the beach, in an airport bathroom stall, and on a moving subway. Thankfully, we always pack our bags strategically, knowing that a makeup moment can arise any time and any place. To prepare, we usually rely on the help of dual-purpose makeup sticks, travel-size products and portable makeup brushes. The latter are surprisingly helpful, take up very little room in your bag, and will calm the nerves of every makeup lover who gets antsy when separated from their everyday makeup brushes. Ahead, we’re rounding up some of our favorite portable brushes, featuring retractable options for the beauty guru with a bag that’s a whole lot less than clean, the ’grammable brush your friends will be jealous of, and the palm brush for seamless, your-skin-but-better coverage. The Super-Affordable Brush EcoTools Retractable Brush This retractable brush is super affordable and will help you apply powder and bronzer in seconds. It includes a cap to make sure your brush stays safe from whatever has collected at the bottom of your makeup bag.
The Do-it-All Palm Brush
Artis Elite Mirror Palm Brush Mini
If you’ve tried an Artis Palm Brush before, then you’ve witnessed how beautifully these brushes blend makeup into your skin. It can be used for all types of makeup products and skin care if you want to get a little crazy. The coolest part is, you could realistically use this mini palm brush for your entire makeup routine — just don’t forget to wash it afterwards.
The Densely Packed Foundation Brush
lilah b. Retractable Crème Foundation Brush
Prepare to fall in love with this brush’s super soft, dense bristles. It makes application really fast and easy and leaves practically zero room for error. We love pairing it with the brand’s Marvelous Matte Crème Foundation.
The Portable Pack of Must-Haves
IT Cosmetics Your Superheroes Full-Size Travel Brush Set
For those of you who just can’t live without all of the brush essentials, this set of six brushes comes housed inside of a cute little makeup bag. Pack it in your beach bag, store it in your carry-on or bring it in your purse to the bar — no judgement, ever.
The Cool-Girl Pick
Fenty Beauty Portable Contour & Concealer Brush
Who woulda thunk that a portable makeup brush could leave you at a loss for words. This one was designed for portability — to conceal, contour and touch up wherever your travels take you.
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