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The Staples We Keep In Our Bags At All Times

Our secret weapons for looking fresh from sunset to sunrise.

by NYLON Editors
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If we’re leaving the house, a handful of beauty products always come along with us. For example: lip balm. No matter how much real estate we have available in our bags, a tube (or pot) is joining our adventures for the day. But lip balm is just one of the many on-the-go products we’re never, ever without. Some of us carry loose powder, others a tube of foundation (you never know!), and then, of course, there are the responsible ones who always have a trusty tampon or two on hand for emergencies (or to hand out to less responsible strangers).

Ahead, NYLON editors and our panel of guest judges reveal the products they perpetually keep on their person and purses to ensure they’re looking and feeling fresh, from sundown to sunup. Keep scrolling to find out which lip liner, velvety setting powder, and TikTok-viral facial spray that acts as rinse-less face wash we count on to ensure our face card never declines when we’re on the go.

The Lip Oil That Lasts

The Flush & Sculpt Wand

Dibs Beauty GlowTour Duo in Pink Cosmos
Revolve

One side of this magic cheek wand is a shimmery blush for achieving a Sabrina Carpenter-like pink flush. Flip it over for a cool-toned brown that subtly sculpts and defines in seconds. Both easily blend out with just your fingertips, making it an on-the-go essential for Xue.

The Overachieving Lipstick

The Amped-Up Balm

Augustinus Bader x Sofia Coppola The Tinted Balm
Nordstrom

A lip balm with Sofia Coppola’s seal of approval? Count NYLON Editor-In-Chief Lauren McCarthy in. The famed director loved Augustinus Bader’s untinted version so much that she co-created three universally flattering tints: watermelon pink, vibrant coral, and burnt plum. Not only do the balms nourish chapped lips with vitamin E and peptides, but their washes of color somehow brighten up the whole face.

The Chic Period Product

The Glossy Hydrator

The Touch-Up Essential

The Cheek & Lip Pop

The Believable Lip Liner

The Do-Everything Spray

The Pigmented Lip Hero

Half Magic Beauty Lip Snuggle High Pigment Oil Balm
Ulta

When the makeup artist behind Euphoria’s mesmerizing looks and Chappell Roan’s iconic Coachella butterfly vibes drops a lip product (hi, Donni Davy!), we pick it up and don’t let go. Xue loves it for its tiny size (“It’s perfect for micro bags,” she says) and the hefty punch of long-lasting pigments and hydration. “It hugs lips for hours,” says Davy, who developed it to deliver more color saturation than the slew of other oils and balms on the market.