The 12 Beauty Products You Need In Your Bag This FallIf you have ever owned a purse at some point in your entire life, you know that they get pretty crowded pretty quickly. You start with a promise that it’ll be the first bag you ever keep neat, then slowly it descends into a trashed hotel room of receipts, broken lip balms and unwrapped gum. But NOT THIS TIME, folks! This autumn, whether you’re actually going back to school or just trying to simplify your busy bag, these are the beauty essentials you should be popping in your purse (besides your wallet, keys, and BAMF Club membership card).

Oh, and as a side note: am I the only full-grown adult who still feels like she’s “going back to school” every September even though I haven’t been in school in years? I can’t be. Please tell me I am not.

1. Mascara.

The 12 Beauty Products You Need In Your Bag This FallHaving the perfect mascara to apply right before you get off work or out of class will make your eyes look bigger and make you feel like a million bucks. Try a colored one for an added dose of vibrancy to your face!

Trusted Classic: e.l.f. Studio 3-in-1 Mascara ($3)
Fresh & Fun: Ciate
LashLights ($23.50)

2. Signature Scent.

The 12 Beauty Products You Need In Your Bag This FallThe importance of a signature fragrance cannot be overemphasized–this is your calling card, the scent that fills the air when you walk into a room. Try a new one this year, whether it’s from our stack of reader recommendations or just one you spotted at a cool boutique.

Trusted Classic: Chloe Chloe Rollerball ($25)
Fresh & Fun: Tokyo Milk
Eau de Parfum in Modern Love No. 104 ($18); Lush Gorilla Perfume Flower’s Barrow ($19.95+)

3. Eyeliner.

The 12 Beauty Products You Need In Your Bag This Fall

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Eyeliner adds a dose of definition to your lids while also saying a lot about your personality. Pick a liquid liner for a sharp, crisp effect; go for a gel liner to get a dramatic and sexy look; use a bold stick eyeliner to brighten up your whole face.

Trusted Classic: Cynthia Rowley Beauty Liquid Eyeliner ($18); Hourglass 1.5 MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner ($45 for pack of 3)
Fresh & Fun: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Cosmetic Colour Pencil ($16); Ardency Inn Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner ($19)

4. Lipstick.

The 12 Beauty Products You Need In Your Bag This FallIf you’re a big lipstick fan, having one in your purse at all times is essential. In the event you love bright lipsticks as much as I do, give our “Fresh & Fun” pick a try! It’s one of the OCC shades I swatched for our Controversial Cult Favorite column a couple weeks ago, and it is truly a head-turner. You’ve got to try blue lipstick at least once–you’ll almost certainly love it, I promise!

Trusted Classic: L’Oreal Paris Colour Caresse by Colour Riche ($10); Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Sinner ($50)
Fresh & Fun: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Lip Tar in Technopagan ($18)

5. Lip Balm.

The 12 Beauty Products You Need In Your Bag This FallYour lips are one of the first things people notice on you. Keep them soft and supple (and primed for #4) with the perfect lip balm.

Trusted Classic: jane iredale LipDrink SPF 15 ($12); Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment ($22.50); GlaMER Lip Balm ($4)
Fresh & Fun: Tokyo Milk
Lip Elixir in Clove Cigarette No. 18 ($7)

6. Eyeshadow.

The 12 Beauty Products You Need In Your Bag This FallPicking an eyeshadow that will last a long time is important when you’re running around throughout the day and night. Pick a cream formula for fall to ensure your lids will look great all day long. Wear a neutral matte color for a subtle effect; choose a shimmery one for a look that is ultra-glam.

Trusted Classic: It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette ($42)
Fresh & Fun: Jouer
Long-Wear Creme Mousse Eyeshadow ($30)

7. Compact.

The 12 Beauty Products You Need In Your Bag This FallWhether you just need a mirror on a regular basis or you like to do full-on touch ups throughout the day, having a great compact is always good for your bag.

Trusted Classic: e.l.f. Studio Translucent Mattifying Powder ($3)
Fresh & Fun: BareMinerals
READY Color Boost The Adrenaline Rush ($29)

8. Deodorant.

The 12 Beauty Products You Need In Your Bag This FallNot to shame myself brag too much, but I’m a fairly sweaty lady. I can’t help it, I’ve come to terms with it. Therefore, I always (always) have deodorant on me just in case I am feeling less than fresh. If you don’t love the deodorants you’ve used in the past, perhaps try a men’s deodorant instead; in my opinion, theirs seems to mask odors better while women’s deodorants often just make them smell more floral.

Trusted Classic: Old Spice Pure Sport Long-Lasting Stick ($3.59)
Fresh & Fun: Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream ($13)

9. Feminine Protection.

The 12 Beauty Products You Need In Your Bag This FallWhen you consider how ugly your underwear looks after you forget to use of these (or just didn’t know your period was coming), these can certainly considered a beauty item.

Trusted Classic: U by Kotex
Fresh & Fun:
DivaCup

10. Blush.

The 12 Beauty Products You Need In Your Bag This FallHaving a great blush can brighten up your look considerably. I personally prefer cream or gel formulas for long days, as they last from morning to night and offer a smooth, natural finish.

Trusted Classic: Benefit Fine One One ($30)
Fresh & Fun: Jouer
Luminizing Cheek Tint ($24)

11. Blotting Sheets.

The 12 Beauty Products You Need In Your Bag This FallBelieve me, if you haven’t tried keeping these with you during the humid July through September months, you are missing out.

Trusted Classic: Tatcha Original Aburatorigami ($12+)

12. Headphones.

The 12 Beauty Products You Need In Your Bag This FallThese may not seem like a beauty item (and yes, technically they’re not), but I know I’m not the only lady out there whose confidence shoots up while listening to an upbeat song. (Lately, I’ve been listening to Bondax “Giving It All” and revisiting Soulwax’s Nite Versions nonstop.) Keeping a solid pair of these in your bag is the perfect way to keep your inner party going at all times.

Trusted Classic: Skull Candy Knockout – Floral ($99.99)
Fresh & Fun: LSTN
Cherry Wood Troubadours ($150)

BONUS: Makeup Organizers

The 12 Beauty Products You Actually Need In Your Bag This FallSure, you can let your lipstick, powder, and eye makeup have free reign over the inside of your purse, but do you really want to end up with a ton of eyeshadow exploding all over your wallet? (Explaining to a bouncer why his hands are covered in glitter after checking your ID will not be fun, I promise.) Instead, snag one of these cute cosmetics organizers instead!

Trusted Classic: Caboodles Enchanted Bag Set (12.97)
Fresh & Fun: All Across Africa
Yellow Makeup Bag ($19)