Boy, has it been a while since we asked everyone at Glossier HQ to spill the contents of their most personal accessory. Makeup bags are always fun to explore, but as summer is winding down, suddenly everyone is in the mood to share. (The Editorial Team is, as always, in the mood to furiously type up and photograph the belongings of their fellow employees.) Below are makeup bags and the words of the many lovely people behind them, all of whom love blush, layer their highlighters, touch up their skincare throughout the day and never go anywhere without their favorite fragrance. Read on! But do tell—what's in yours?
Bela Yousif, Communications Manager
Makeup bag: Gucci
"I carry my makeup bag with me if I'm going to the gym before work. I don't do touch ups throughout the day and have literally never transitioned my look from 'day-to-night' for an after-work engagement. But at the gym, I use Equinox's generous supply of Kiehl's products (what I'm really paying for with my membership) and supplement with my own eye cream and serum. Then for my base I use —it's been my ol' reliable since the seventh grade—and sandwich it between and . The concealer is the only product I use with a brush because that's what Katie Jane Hughes does. For cheeks I've been mixing in Dusk and Storm and highlighting with in Moonstone. It's the perfect for a tan/slightly sunburned/sweaty effect. I also always have a spoolie with me because I'm obsessed with combing my brows and lashes to make sure they're neat and not tangled. The most recent additions into my routine include a (Poppy Thorpe made me do it) and lip gloss. After the latest roundtable, I decided to give gloss a chance and have been switching between and a . I'm enjoying the journey but due to my inability to reapply makeup during the day I'm pretty sure it's off my lips before I even make it onto the subway."
Lauren Pepper, Senior Manager, Packaging Development
Makeup bag: Large Glossier pouch
"My makeup bag is ever-changing. I’ve worked in beauty for the past 10 years and with that, I've fully embraced the work perks—AKA testing lots of products. Right now, I’m all about complexion, lash and lip. My summer face is me pairing and to get that sun-kissed dewy glow that's perfect from May-Sept. On a 'no-makeup' makeup day I wear in Medium, Quartz + Topaz layered, and . On a ‘heavy’ makeup night I add in Natural to my T-zone, on top of my Lash Slick, in Orgasm and a lip. My lip is either a glossy milky nude—think J. Lo in the early 2000s—or an orange. All of this fresh breath (kudos, ) and a top knot… it me."
Gaby Azorsky, gTEAM Editor
Makeup bag: Saks Potts Plastic Pouch
"My baseline goal is to use as little makeup as possible. and are my go-tos whether I’m going from work to yoga or from the farmer’s market to a Tinder date. For the evening, I love adding a lot of —it’s perfectly dirty with a little sparkle—and . I apply lips in stages—starting with , adding courtesy of my trip to Paris, and blotting on in Coquette last. I also always have my and digestive bitters, essential tool kit items for hair and tummy."
Anna Stevenett, Editorial Assistant
Makeup bag: Chanel Velvet Travel Case
"This bag is huge. I can fit a pair of shoes in here. It's more makeup than I could ever want or need at any given moment. I rarely bring the whole thing with me, but there is something comforting about having literally all of it at my desk. It's currently housing five different blushes, including this in Sunstruck—a bright coral and a warm, bronze-y pink highlight two-fer (one on each end!). The intensely long Sephora-brand brush you see is what I use on my brows because in terms of volume, it makes a world of difference. It's too humid for mascara lately, so instead I opt for easily-applied eyeshadows: in Shu Iro is an incredible red eye gloss—it's intense, so I just dab it on lightly. And in Moon is great as a brightener. The curler is by Surratt, too. looks like nothing, so I pack a to use for touchups. in Nude is—hold onto your hat—being discontinued but it's the world's gretaest. comes with whether or not I bring my makeup bag because I <3 to smell good and the hair clip is just for fun."
Priscilla Quaye, Executive Assistant to the SVP of Marketing and the CTO
Makeup bag: Cuyana
"TBH, I actually don’t carry a makeup bag daily. I’m a #MiniBagGirl so I only take the essentials— in Rose and whatever lip situation I’m wearing for the day—typically or in Cruella. I’m obsessed with my nails and do them myself every Sunday, so if I’m traveling, I carry the color I’m wearing that week (this one is ), my favorite , and a nail file to fix any chips. My everyday face consists of a lot of layering. I layer and then and in Topaz and then in Quartz. I finish off by brushing my eyebrows with this tester mascara wand and then use in Black. To jazz things up, I might throw on a or a royal blue mascara. I always carry Q-tips to wipe away any product that goes amiss when I’m in a rush, and as it’s so easy on the go (no spillage)!"
Alena Jaffe, Senior Designer
Makeup bag: A woman at Happy Bones gave it to me after I complimented her on it. But I think you can get them in Chinatown.
"I work out six mornings a week and therefore I tote around all my makeup and skincare with me every day. As strict as I am about working out, I am also as strict about sunscreen, so that is step one. I usually have either the or . Both are mineral SPF products with a bit of a tint for coverage. Then I go in with my and really focus on the T-zone. Also—who doesn’t need ? Right now I am gravitating towards Dawn and Storm, but let’s be real: I carry all of them all the time. Lashes are next—I use the before applying Lash Slick to just the outer lashes to give me that Kylie Jenner-on-her-no-makeup-days look. And there is no such thing as a day without . I’ll leave it at that."
Utibe Mbagwu, Content Coordinator
Makeup bag: Alison Sman
"My makeup bag is caught in a vicious cycle of being downsized and then gradually supplemented by similar beauty products. I have two off-red lip options, and . Also together, in Brown and Black. I prefer Brown, but Black is perfect for when you’re going somewhere not so well lit after you leave the office. A few things that will guarantee that I smell great for the first few hours of the day: Perfume oils that layer well together, and , and a that smells almost as strong as just spritzing perfume. Of all the things, lashes are the one feature I always want to look their best, so layering mascaras is my life and almost a hobby at this point. I love doing it! gives density and then separates and makes my lashes look like they’re actually mine—altogether, full and defined."
Emily Ferber, Editorial Director
Makeup bag: Cuyana (same as Priscilla's; different initials)
"Now that I've got my skin under control (Tretinoin!!!!), I travel with far less makeup and skincare than I used to. Even this is a lot for me—because who needs a whole disk of with them at all times? Nobody, but I do like how, with a dense foundation brush, it gives me some sun-kissed dimension around my hairline and the high points of my face. It blends easily over a base of (always) and (when I want to feel like Miss Sam Wilson). I never go anywhere without at least one —I often throw in two or three for good measure. The in Matte Black is the equivalent of packing a little black dress just in case. I don't know anyone who does that, but I do know that I've perfected my cat eye with this liner. And I'll often add the in Underground for tint and moisture when I don't have a mirror. Tampon is from because it's organic. The in Storm is in there because I really want to be a blush person, I just don't know how to start."
Victoria Rogers, MBA Intern, Creative
Makeup bag: Glossier pink pouch
"I have zero skincare routine. I literally don’t wash my face—I know, yuck—and my ideal makeup routine is quick and simple, so my makeup bag is minimal. I like not having too many products to choose from, and knowing what five things will get me the look I want. I typically layer in Haze under in Topaz to brighten my face. Then I apply in Black and finish off with a bit of and . If I’m feeling fancy I’ll apply in Moonlight, a new addition this summer. I have a few essentials too— lenses, because my eyes get dry, and a .3 oz for a refresh spritz throughout the day. My hair is also totally unruly, so depending on the humidity I like to have bobby pins and a scrunchie on deck to tame the mane."
Kendall Latham, Senior Experiential Designer
Makeup Bag: Jil Sander toiletries pouch
"Looking inside my bag, you might find yourself thinking, 'Wow, this person must live underground.' or 'I bet they drink blood and hate garlic!' That's because, like many other freckled and sun-fearing people, most of what you'll find in my bag includes an astonishing amount of SPF and sensitive-skin essentials. I apply a very generous amount of all over my face and neck, multiple times a day, or I’ll start getting nervous and like, risk my safety to be on the shady side of the street. If I’m feeling a little red and irritated, which is usually, I’ll apply a very light layer of and . It’s really subtle, but is a fragrance I think I will wear forever. It’s...perfect. There’s always something fun, colorful, or glittery in my bag in case I want to turn a subtle looQ, which today is —I put it on my inner waterline. I should mention that my legs are still covered in bruises thanks to , so I guess you could say I’m 'really into' the that Alena let me borrow."
Poppy Thorpe, Head of Brand Marketing
Makeup bag: Baggu
"I keep my makeup bag fairly edited to just the essentials, but like to have a few interesting items in there in case I need a pick me up. Right now I’m carrying in Bronze and the as my ‘pick me up’ items. Everything else is a staple in my daily regimen: I’m loyal to my and it works really well with . I actually rarely go a day without curling my lashes. It really is an essential step. I love as a daily bronzer. It’s a great shade, it's sheer and easy to apply. I always finish with a couple swipes of in Quartz."
Penny Cheng, Staff Accountant
Makeup Bag: Il Bisonte Leather Pouch
"I love a natural and effortless makeup look in summer. The quickest way for me to get ready is to apply in Medium Brown, , and in #16 Nude Emblem. I carry around in Golden Peach. It’s portable, beautiful, and easy to apply using fingers. In the morning I apply a light amount of the cream shadow on my eyelid for an everyday look. If I have something after work, I will play with the shimmering powder shadow to add some depth. gives my cheeks a sun-kissed coral glow without being overstated, and in Dusk works well as contour for me. I have dry and irritated eyes and lips so I always keep , and ."
Ashley Weatherford, Senior Editor
Makeup bag: Elemis Missha Nonoo collaboration
"My kryptonite is remembering to pack lotion on vacation, so I have seven bottles in my apartment from all different places. was my Hampton's acquisition—I bought it from a hardware store. Apparently it was made for cows, but it's working pretty well for me too. I've already said how much I love Bioderma's deodorant—it held strong through camp Glossier, which is something. I normally don't wear oils, but Alicia Yoon really sold me on . I press that on my skin a few times a day for the most natural, non-oily glow. The , , and are part of my emergency after-work makeup kit. I deploy them for unexpected dinners and cocktails—happens more often than you think. There are two Pat McGrath lip products I always have—her ridiculously decadent but-gotta-have and her in Femme Bot. It's a smooth, non-drying matte. I dot on on the tops of my cheeks when I want to look particularly glowly, so... all the time. And the rest is a lot of Glossier products—, , and in Clear and Black. I'm not a one product kind of person—it is what it is."
Photographed by Tom Newton.