If we’ve learned anything from the decluttering life-hack trend – thanks Marie Kondo for purging us of a few too many pairs of jeans – it’s that the possibilities for streamlining our lives are infinite. And with smaller bags come even bigger choices: a lip balm versus breath mints, a diary versus a hairbrush. Thankfully, there’s a whole host of beauty gadgetry aimed at fulfilling multiple make-up functions. When space is tight double up on lip and cheek stains and opt for sticks and creams that can be swiped straight onto the face with no brushes needed.
Dior Tarot Pouch in Black, £1,700
If a bag could tell fortune, it would be this Dior Tarot Pouch – the lettering and embroidery are sure to add drama to your future. Channel your inner French girl with a simple, natural complexion touched up with the wonderfully moisturising Dior Fix It 2-in-1 Prime and Conceal stick. With a clutch this miniature, the utilitarian RMS Lip2Cheek stain in the rich and moody diabolique shade is ideal; on the lips it can be built up to a sumptuous wine colour or lightly dabbed across the cheekbones for a stained effect. Balance the look by keeping the eyes simple. For ease, use RMK’s customisable W Eyebrow Powder and Pencil, which allows you to mix and match the powder and pencil shades to cater to any eyebrow eventuality.
Gucci Sylvie mini bag, £1,450
Since Alessandro Michele’s Gucci renaissance, our inner preppy side has been unleashed. Achieve a complexion to rival Cher Horowitz’s by filling your mini Sylvie bag with the Surratt Surreal Skin Foundation Wand – not only does it save on space (and is there anything worse than handbag fluff on a make-up brush?) but it gives a medium-coverage radiance in an inclusive shade range. The ingenious Tom Ford Lip Contour Duo’s combine one precision pencil end with a creamy lipstick at the other – the orange-red of the Devil Inside shade is universally flattering. And for a last bit of space-saving excellence, try a MAC Studio QuickTrick stick, swipe one end or both across the cheeks and temples for a berry-kissed blush with added iridescence.
Valentino Garavani cross body bag, £2,395
With this calfskin embellished Valentino bag you’ll be sure to break hearts. With a clutch this compact you’ll need to be exceptionally economical with its contents, so opt for this multi-functional Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick which can be daubed onto blemishes and dark circles or swooshed across the face like a foundation for a base that lasts late into the night. The satisfyingly chubby, natural vitamin e-rich ILIA Multi-stick in All of Me gives a girly but natural glow to the lips and cheeks, and its creamy formulation will basically blend itself for brush-free application. Finish up with a natural three-in-one brow tidy using the Estée Lauder Brow Multitasker: a powder, pencil and comb the size of biro.
Hermès Kelly mini bag, £4,950
There are few bags more luxurious than the Hermès Kelly. But a mini version in tomato red certainly spices up this classic accessory. Kelly carriers are sure to love the new By Terry Glow Expert Duo, it gives all the warmth, glow and highlight of a palette ten times its size and the secret brush within the cap is perfect for on-the-go blending. The handy new Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation melts straight into the skin, contains SPF25 (so no need to carry a tube of sunscream) and can be applied with the teeny-tiny applicator sponge (or your fingertips). Complete the summer glow with the double ended YSL Eye Duo Smoker with a champagne and iridescent chocolate shade that can be easily swiped over the eyelids for a summer-night smokey eye.
The mini Kelly is available from Hermès, 155 New Bond Street, London W1S 2UA.