Our Favorite Beauty Minis to Keep in Your Backpack

September 29, 2021
Caitlyn Martyn
By: Caitlyn Martyn | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
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There’s nothing worse than leaving for school with a flawless face of makeup only to have it look smudged and messed up by afternoon classes. To ensure your makeup stays the way you want it to, consider keeping makeup minis in your backpack or locker for touch ups throughout the day. A bunch of our faves are available in travel sizes, so you won’t have to sacrifice precious backpack space in the name of beauty. Ahead, find our editors’ favorite makeup minis to shop. 

Jaz, Senior Beauty Editor

Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water with Vitamin C- Travel Size

Whether you're fixing a smudged red lip after lunch or removing your makeup before practice after school, you’ll be happy you threw this mini in your backpack. The micelles in this brightening cleanser work like a magnet to capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing, plus boosts glow all in one step. (You’ll want to keep Garnier’s SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Eco Pads handy, too.)

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Ariel, Associate Editor

Valentino Rosso Mini Lipstick in Ethereal Red

I’m in love with blue-based red lipstick, and this satin finish is lightweight, highly pigmented and delivers vivid color payoff from the first swipe. It also lasts an impressively long time.

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Mary, Associate Editor

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Travel Size

You’ll never have a makeup meltdown again with this mini setting spray in your stash. The award-winning formula has a patented technology that actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep it looking smooth and locked in place for up to 16 hours — from the early morning until long after the last school bell rings. You can spritz it on in the middle of the day when your skin is in need of a refresh, too. 

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Caitlyn, Assistant Editor

Urban Decay Naked3 Mini Eyeshadow Palette

For last minute eye makeup application or a quick touch up, a mini eyeshadow palette is key. This pick from Urban Decay comes with six neutral shades in both matte and sparkly finishes so you can put together a seamless look in seconds. Pro tip: use the dark brown shade as a liner or dot it across your cheeks for faux freckles. Or, use the shimmery champagne color to spotlight your eyes, brows and cheeks. 

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Alyssa, Assistant Editor

Maison Margiela REPLICA Autumn Vibes Travel Spray 

In addition to keeping some touch-up products in your school bag, having a mini fragrance on hand is always a good idea 一 a post-gym class application never hurts. Spice up your fall scent this season with this pick. It’s fresh and fall-appropriate, rather than heavy or overly sweet 一 making it perfect for school.

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Visual Designer: Hannah Packer

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