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By: Kristin Bugden

Kristin Bugden is a New Jersey-based mom and communications consultant. She loves to write, take barre classes and believes in a good reality television binge-watching session. Here, she talks to a makeup artist on the top beauty products you should always keep in your bag.

If you were to poke around in your purse and pull out its makeup and skincare contents, would you say you actually use the majority of them on a regular basis? Or are they just taking up space?

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It can be tricky to figure out what you really need to haul around, but we’re here to make the job a lot easier. We enlisted the help of Ashleigh Ciuccia seasoned New York-based makeup artist who has created looks for beauty and fashion editorials. Lively caught up with Ciucci to find out the top beauty products she thinks women should keep in their bags at all times.

Beauty Products You Should Always Keep in Your Bag

YSL Touchè Eclat

This cult-fave highlighting pen is perfect for on-the-go perk-ups. A swipe on the inside corner of the eyes, under the brows and atop the cheekbones will instantly brighten your entire face. It’s sheer, so it won't add weight to your complexion and can also double as an eyeshadow or lipstick primer. 

Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel

No one’s brows behave all day and this transparent, but powerful brow gel will tame the most unruly brows. The formula contains fibers to add weight and the double-sided brush both deposits product and combs it through to perfection. While the fibers pack a punch, the gel itself is sheer and mimics brow hair’s natural highlights. 

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beauty products bag essentials

Olio e Osso Balm for Everyone

I love any product that’s multi-purpose and this gel balm is one of my go-to's. Not only is this mini stick portable and neat, but it can be smudged on the cheeks, lips, and eyes for an on-trend monochromatic look. It’s lightweight and can be layered on nicely, so it doesn’t compete with the makeup you’ve been living in all day. 

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under-Eye Cream

This light-diffusing eye cream is great for an afternoon pop of freshness. Hyaluronic acid and cucumber help to cool and de-puff the skin. The gel-like texture makes it lightweight enough to tap on top of pre-existing concealer. 

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Fresh Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Face Mist

For me, face mists are my holy grail product; I probably have 12 different mists in my apartment and various bags. This mist is not only good for all skin types, but also makes your skin feel buoyant and has a yummy citrus scent. Two spritzes will make you feel like you’ve had a nap! It also comes in a 3-oz. size, which is perfect for tossing into your purse.

And last but not least: Vital Proteins' must-have bag staple is ... 

Vital Proteins Collagen Water™

Available in Original, Strawberry Lemon, Blueberry Mint, Blackberry Hibiscus, and Lemon Ginger flavors, Collagen Water™ puts a delicious twist on wellness with 10g of collagen in every serving and contains 3g of sugar or less from the juice of real fruit. Want to stick to our classic offerings? Be sure to keep a few Stick Packs or a Collagen Shot in your purse for a health and beauty boost.