As you grab your favorite clutch and head to some fabulous New Year's Eve celebration, you're undoubtedly met with the beauty dilemma that's been plaguing women for decades. How can you fit everything you need into your favorite night out purse?
Have no fear, I've come to the rescue with five mighty — albeit diminutive — beauty musts that can fit into the smallest of bags yet yield big beauty returns. Grab my top five portable beauty musts, and 2011 is bound to be beautiful.
Compact complexion perfection
Throw Benefit's "Some Kind-A Gorgeous To Go" compact in your clutch; at just .09 ounces you'll have plenty of room for your other beauty musts. Some Kind-A Gorgeous To Go is a translucent, foundation-like skin perfecter that evens skin tone. Get it for $15 at Sephora.
Glow to go
Now that you're matte in all the right places, keep the glow going all night long with Tarte Cosmetics' Bronze to Go in "Park Ave Princess." The bronzer comes with a Glam on the Go Kabuki Brush to apply the mineral powder bronzer and is small enough to slip into even the tiniest of evening bags. Get the set for $15 at tartecosmetics.com.
Keep it clean
Enjoy the red wine. Sample the Tuna Tartare. But please, don't forget to carry the most affordable beauty-must on my list: Colgate's Wisp Plus Whitening, portable toothbrushes that I don't leave home without. Get a pack of four for about $2.50 at local drugstores.
Your 15 minutes aren't over yet, so you'll want to make sure you're still sparkling as the night goes on. Grab one (or more) of the mini lip glosses from Lipstick Queens' "15 Minutes of Fame" mini lip gloss set and tuck them away. These shiny glosses come in five just-right hues, including "3 Minutes," a wearable apricot; " 5 Minutes," a pale peach; "11 Minutes," a vibrant purple; "12 Minutes," a deep rose: and "13 Minutes," a crisp fuchsia. Get the set for $14 at spacenk.com.
Tame your wild ways
Girls may wanna have fun, but indulge too much — think heavy dancing, drinking or other sweat-inducing activities — and you're sure to end up looking more raccoon than ravishing. As the clock strikes midnight and your smoky eye shadow starts heading south, clean up with Ulta's Ready to Take Off Eye Makeup Remover Pen. Use the pen to touch up small mistakes or smudges without taking off the rest of your eye makeup. Get it for $8 at Ulta stores.
— Carolyn Brundage is founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to all that is hip in local beauty. Follow her on Twitter @tampabaypretty.