Advent Calendar Day 10

Make-Up Bags

Buying make-up for another person, unless you know their face really, REALLY well, can be something of a minefield, but it’s a rare woman who can turn up her nose at a spiffy new make-up bag, and the most motley collection of slap can be cheered up no end with a smart new pouch.



For Your Favourite Teen

The 13-year-old I love most in the world communicates with me almost entirely through emoticons and text speak, so I can think of nothing more suited to her than this zip-up bag. It’s sturdy enough to endure life at the bottom of an overstuffed school bag, and can moonlight as a pencil case for those who like to keep their geometry set alongside their lipstick.

Skinny Dip X UO Sticker Make-Up Bag, £24






For Your Best Mate

The loveliest of make-up bags, fit for giving to the dearest of friends. This image of Jerry Hall was taken by Norman Parkinson for her first ever VOGUE cover shoot and is all Jamaican sunshine and 1970s’ glamour. So smart, she’ll need a raft of new make-up to put in it.

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson On Call Make-up Bag, £32





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For Your Little Sister

This neon-bright canvas bag has a frame design, which means it stays wide open and upright until you zip it shut, handy for application on public transport and office loo touch-ups. It also come with a You Are Fab badge, making it a good gift for anyone who needs to be reminded of that.

Oliver Bonas Leopard Print Make-up Bag, £13.50





For Your Glamorous Aunt

This glorious, lipstick-red pouch is made of a cashmere-soft leather, and urges its owner to ‘Paint The Town Red’. Should she comply (and she really should, everyone should go out dancing once in a while), it can double up as an evening clutch, with plenty of room for phone, keys, disco snacks and so on.

Jouer Paint The Town Red Make-Up Bag, £49

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