The Ultimate Makeup Bag Must Have

March 08, 2017
By: Jackie Burns Brisman | by L'Oréal
The Ultimate Makeup Bag Must Have

Brushes? Check. Mascara? Check. Micellar water. Say what? What if we told you that the ultimate makeup bag must-have wasn’t makeup at all? Perfect to get a clean canvas and to help you fix makeup mistakes on the go, micellar water is the one product everyone should keep in their makeup bag. Below we share the many reasons why micellar water needs a spot in your beauty bag and even share a few must-have mini micellar waters for the job! 

How Does Micellar Water Work?

Unlike traditional facial cleansers that require lathering and rinsing, micellar water needs none of the above. Using micelle technology, micellar waters have small, round cleaning molecules suspended in a soft water solution. The micelles attract, surround, and trap dirt, oil, and other impurities on the skin’s surface and gently remove them without rinsing. 

Give Yourself a Clean Start

Getting ready for a Happy Hour with the girls and prefer not to layer on a fresh face of makeup over your current situation? Reach for micellar water! When you’re not at home, it’s not always easy to find a sink in order to cleanse your skin of the day’s oil, dirt, and grime. Thankfully, micellar water requires no need to lather or rinse. Simply grab your micellar water of choice out of your makeup bag and use it to gently remove any leftover makeup or impurities from your skin’s surface before applying your makeup for the night. 

Fix Makeup Mistakes

Unless you’re a pro makeup artist, chances are you make a few mistakes here and there when it comes to your cosmetics application. Case in point? Eyeliner and lipstick. Even the steadiest hands screw up winged liner and red lips, but with micellar water and a cotton swab you can quickly and precisely fix these mistakes without having to remove the rest of your makeup!

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Our Favorite Mini Micellar Waters

Instead of losing room in your beauty bag with a full-sized micellar water, reach for a mini option! These convenient, pint-sized products don’t take up valuable mascara/bronzer/foundation—the list goes on…and on—space in your bag. To make your search easier, we’re sharing a two of our favorite mini micellar waters from L’Oréal’s portfolio of brands below.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

This travel-sized version of Garnier’s fan-favorite micellar water is a perfect fit for any makeup bag. The all-in-one cleanser removes makeup, cleanses, and soothes skin without needing to rinse or rub. You can use it all over your face and on your lips and eyes to help you fix those makeup mistakes! It’s suitable for all skin types—including sensitive—and is formulated without oil, alcohol, or fragrance.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, $3.99 MSRP

La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra

Formulated for sensitive skin and eyes, this no-rinse cleanser from French skin care brand La Roche-Posay is a pint-sized but powerful cleanser that fits well in any beauty bag. It cleanses, removes makeup, and soothes the skin. What makes this micellar water special is that it’s formulated with La Roche-Posay’s Thermal Spring Water which is rich in antioxidants.

La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra, $7.99 MSRP

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