Every girl needs a beautiful pair of shoes just as much as she needs a functional makeup bag. You could spend hours choosing the perfect outfit, but it will only fall flat without a carefully crafted beauty routine because style and beauty go hand in hand.
There is nothing as disheartening as an outfit-gone-wrong. For example, this could be anything from choosing an unflattering dress to your makeup wearing off at the worst possible moment. Much like fashion, makeup has the power to ruin a special moment, the perfect picture, and even your confidence.
Just recently, I was waiting in line at the DMV to get my license changed to my new last name following my September wedding. I took a few hours off work in the afternoon and waited in line, watching the numbers scroll for what seemed like hours. All I had to entertain myself was Facebook updates, re-freshing my Instagram feed, and tweeting about whatever came to mind (I’m sure you can relate!). Finally, my number was called and it was my turn. I stepped in front of the blue backdrop, ran my fingers through my hair, and flaunted a smile.
Flash-forward a week and my new license arrives in the mail. I open it to see a huge glare coming off my forehead! Apparently, my foundation had worn thin throughout the day, causing my face to look oily. Needless to say, I wish I had remembered to bring a little powder or oil-sheets with me to freshen up and cover the shine (duh!). Not to mention every time I want to order a cocktail, my oily face is all I see.
I’m sure many of you are replaying your own story in your mind.
It could have been on a first date when you ate a creamy pasta dish that removed half of your lipstick. Unfortunately, you didn’t notice it until several hours later. At that point it became painfully clear that your date wasn’t staring at your lips because they wanted to kiss you…
Or maybe, it was a breezy morning on the way to the office and something blew into your eye. Immediately tears welled up and you furiously rubbed your eye to get it out. You continue into the building without a second thought. After spending hours in morning meetings, you finally get a chance to take a break. You go to the restroom only to find that your eyeliner is completely smudged on one eye. Talk about uneven wings…
It is important to realize that no matter what your beauty faux pas was, it happens to all of us.
Make it a thing of past by carrying around all of the makeup you need in a compact, easy-to-carry, lightweight makeup bag. Having your basic essentials right at your fingertips whenever you’re on the go will put your mind at ease.
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice beauty to your demanding daily routine.
Make your own adorable, yet practical DIY makeup bag. Follow along with this simple step by step tutorial.
How to Sew a Makeup Bag
½ yard of canvas fabric. This is a great project to use up any leftover scrap fabric from previous projects because it doesn’t require very much to create the bag.
12” Invisible zipper that matches the corresponding fabric
1” bias tape for piping
Invisible ink marker
Tape measure/ see-through ruler
Thread that matches the corresponding fabric
Time: 30 minutes- 1 hour
Measure a makeup bag that you currently own to get idea of the size you want to create.
Record the measurements.
The makeup bag I chose to measure has side panel dimensions of 10″ X 6″ and the bottom dimensions are 10″ X 2″.
With these measurements, draw out the shapes with disappearing ink on the wrong side of your fabric.
I drew the two side pieces and the bottom.
Add seam allowance to all of the pieces.
Cut all of the pieces out of the fabric.
Add piping to the top of the bag pieces.
Assemble the bag.
First, sew the two side panels to the bottom. Second, sew the corners and up the sides.
Sew the corners.
Draw a triangle on all 4 corners.
Sew on this line because the excess fabric must be eliminated to create smooth looking edges.
Insert the invisible zipper
Make sure the piping stay towards the outside.
Sew one side at a time and line them up the best you can.
Finish the top edges
In addition, sew the piping and each side of the bag completed closed at the top.
Finish the edges of the inside of the bag with pinking shears.
Next, paint makeup items on your bag.
Be sure to line it with scrap fabric or newspaper to prevent the paint from leaking through to the bottom layer.
I used regular acrylic craft paint. Depending on the fabric you choose, you may want to use fabric paint.
In the same way, add realistic details to the painted items.
Let dry and enjoy!
Now you’re ready it fill it up with any and all beauty products that you may need throughout the day.
Throw in some lipstick, eyeliner, foundation, and anything else your heart desires. Fit it easily in your purse, tote bag, weekender bag, or suitcase. Most of all, give yourself the ability to freshen your makeup no matter where you may be.
Be stylish. Be beautiful. Be you.