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The Best Durable Makeup Bags That Are Actually Cute

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You put a lot of trust in your makeup bag. Not only does it need to hold all of your favorite products, but it also needs to survive being shoved into overpacked suitcases and tossed around gym lockers—and keep everything inside intact. (Is there anything quite like the heartbreak of seeing your favorite contouring palette smashed into pieces?!)

To make sure you have the right option for your needs, here are the best travel makeup bags for every occasion that are durable, yet cute.

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Best for Long-Term Travel: Caraa Sport

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Guilty over-packers definitely need this bag from Caraa for long-term trips. No, you probably won't use all five eyeliner colors and multiple palettes throughout your vacation, but better be prepared, right? With three different compartments, plus a clear jewelry pouch, it'll organize all your full-sized products with ease. The waterproof nylon casing offers a protective buffer for the most turbulent of adventures. It'll prevent spills from seeping in (or out) and the stain-resistant pouch can be easily wiped down just in case.

buy it, $95

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Best for Weekend Trips: The Transience

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Shorter trips mean less to pack (in theory). You can downsize your travel makeup bag to this super functional, medium-sized pouch from Transience. The durable, waterproof nylon allows you to easily throw it in your getaway tote without a scratch. You can even clip it onto the outside of your bag in case you're tight on space inside. Hey, no judgment here.

buy it, $95

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Best for the Gym: Dagne Dover

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This sleek, extra large bag from Dagne Dover offers it all. With enough space for everything—including your clunky dry shampoo and awkwardly sized hair brush—you won't have to sacrifice your favorite post-gym products for space. The specially designed airmesh pouches inside keep messier products separate, plus it's waterproof, so a leaky water bottle will be no match.

Related: 15 Stylish Gym Bags That Might Make You Want to Work Out More

buy it, $75

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Best Luxury Purchase: Prada

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Corral your products in style with this travel makeup bag from Prada. The price might seem steep for a cosmetic bag, but expert makeup artists, like Daniel Martin (who did Meghan Markle's wedding look), swear by it. It's roomy enough to comfortably fit all essentials and super durable. You'll have this investment piece for years.

buy it, $380

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Best for Brushes: SkinnyDip London

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When it comes to your makeup brushes, it's better to be safe than sorry and keep them separate. After all, when you throw your brushes in with the rest of your products, you can wind up with crushed and warped bristles.  This one from Skinnydip London can hold 12 different brushes, including your fluffiest powder brush. Its roll-up style can easily fit in any suitcase, or simply slide into your bathroom drawer when you aren't on the go.

buy it, $24

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Best for Keeping Makeup Organized: Béis

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Prefer to keep your brushes and makeup in one bag? That's cool. Try out this chic case from Shay Mitchell's new travel brand, Béis that can fit all of your essentials. It has a removable top layer designed to keep your brushes separate from the products underneath, so no bristles will be harmed.

buy it, $48

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Best Budget Buy: Tartan + Twine

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If you're a no-frills type of gal, opt for just a simple pouch. It holds everything together and can be tossed into any bag. It even looks cute just resting on your bathroom counter.

Related: How to Apply Makeup So It Lasts All Day and Night

buy it, $12

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Best for Skin Care: Herschel Supply Co.

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When it comes to skincare, one wrong move and you'll end up with an exploded travel makeup bag full of sunscreen. Using a dopp kit with a flat bottom, like this one from Hershel, can help you keep everything stacked and level.

buy it, $25

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Best for Carry-Ons: Sonia Kashuk

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Scaling your toiletries to the exact TSA rules can be a pain. Liquids have to be under 3.4 oz and stored in a clear, resealable bag. This option from Sonia Kashuk comes with three refillable bottles and one spray bottle, so all your favorite products can travel safely in your carry-on with no risk of confiscation. (Plus, it's way adult—and eco-friendly—versus throwing your things into a plastic Ziploc.)

Related: Travel Beauty Products That Will Refresh Your Hair, Face, and Body After a Long Flight

Buy it, $8

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