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Handbag Essentials For The Work To Party Makeup Look

Going straight out after work without time to run home and go through your usual beauty regime? It happens more than usual during the festive party season, so here’s our guide to the work-to-party make-up essentials you can keep with you in your handbag at all times - so you’re ready to party from the moment you clock off.


One of the best things about your normal regime is the chance to wash and freshly blow-dry your hair for that ‘just stepped out of the salon’ look. So the first item for your handbag essentials kit is: dry shampoo. Batiste makes a great affordable one; alternatively try Erdem Front Row (which was developed for the catwalk), or Klorane as a gentle option for sensitive types.

Women's handbagsIf you’ve room, and hair is your thing, then add a handbag-sized can of hairspray to the mix. Ghd do a handbag-friendly 75ml, or Tigi S Factor has a number of handbag-sized options. Turn your head upside down and spritz with spray for fresh volume and texture.


No self respecting party-goer is going out without party eyes, but if you don’t have time to strip off your work make-up and start afresh, you’ll need a couple of essentials to build on top of what you have. Eyeliner takes up precisely no handbag space – do top and bottom for that smoky dramatic look, or just the top if you’re feeling a bit tired after work and your eyes need opening up a bit. Next, a tube of light reflecting under-eye concealer (try L’Oreal Perfection Magic or YSLTouche Eclat), to brighten up tired eyes; and lastly, while mascaras have got bigger and bigger as they promise more and more lash magic, pick a small one for your handbag kit and add the finishing touches. Image: photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


For maximum products in minimum handbag space, you can’t beat Avon Pro 3-in-1 Lip Wand. It does exactly what it says on the tube – bringing you a lip liner, lipstick and high shine lip gloss in one handy package; and it comes in Nude, Solar Rose, Red, Berry and Bronze.


Once make-up and hair is taken care of, the last thing you’ll need in your work-to-party handbag make-up kit is a little bottle of your favourite scent, and you’re set to party the night away.

Guest post contributed by Café La Moda, the social shopping site that gathers all the best fashion finds in one place to help you find the right ladies handbag’s online for all your party essentials to keep you feeling and looking fabulous.