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Margaux Lancaster

Professional Make Up Expert

Best Make Up Cases & Best Makeup Bags

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Why buy a professional case?

Nothing is worse than opening a suitcase and finding that your foundation has exploded all over your clothing or that leaving your “bargain” type makeup case in the car for twenty minutes resulted in a meltdown of your products. There is more to consider than just keeping your cosmetics organized when buying a makeup case. My kit is worth at least $20,000 and although you may not have invested that much money in your personal cosmetics; it is still an investment not worth jeopardizing during travel. You don’t have to be a professional makeup artist to appreciate the benefits of a professional makeup case. When you use a professional makeup case, your products are protected by insulation, sturdy design, and latches that will not pop open.

What style of case is best?

There are so many cases to choose from. Some open accordion style and some open cabinet style. Do you want a soft-sided case or a hard case? I always check for a good sturdy handle, the weight distribution, and that the latches will stay closed. In-line wheels are also a plus when you are traveling or just working day to day. Lastly, insulation is an invaluable asset when it comes to possible meltdowns. Japonesque and Shu Uemura cases are insulated to protect from heat. Although I would not leave my case of makeup in a car, it has been left in a hot makeup trailer over the weekend and never melted due to the construction of the case.

Quality cases:

There are so many cases out there in cyber world, (most of which are knock-offs or copies of the better cases), that selecting one is almost overwhelming. My choices for best professional makeup cases are comprised of companies that have excellent reputations as far as quality control as well as choice of styles. Whether you are a professional makeup artist, a student, or the woman on the go, one of these cases is sure to fit your personal needs.

The Best of the Best:

These cases are larger to carry almost everything essential to the professional artist or student.

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Best Pro Makeup Cases by Margaux Lancaster

The Best You Can Get

  • Altelier Makeup Box - Shu Uemura

    Margaux says: The base of this makeup box has enough room to carry skin care items, brushes, and pencils. There are two sets of stacking tiers (three on each side) and the trays are removable. This case is soft sided and handmade with sturdy fiber pulp making it perfect for transporting large and full size products. The carrying handle is finished in leather and designed perfectly for hauling a large collection of makeup.

    • Folds out to stacking tiers
    • Base has brush and pencil holders
    • Removable trays
  • Professional Box - Shu Uemura

    Margaux says: This is another wonderful case. It’s wider in length and shorter in height, which works wonders for evenly distributing the weight of your contents. It is also handmade from fiber pulp, has a leather carrying handle and it unfolds to three levels.

    • Box is formatted to distribute weight evenly
    • Black or gray
  • Stackable Pro Case with Wheels - Japonesque

    Margaux says: This case is a great organizer. It’s made up of three sections that interlock within each other. The base has four removable pouches and three zip down pockets. The middle section has two sets of accordion aluminum tiers that pull out on each side. The top section is also a briefcase. It also comes with a full-length mesh zippered pocket for extra storage.

    • Detachable wheel trolley/collapsible handle
    • Four removable pouches
    • Aluminum accordion trays
  • Pro Studio Case - Japonesque

    Margaux says: This case is excellent for portability. There is ample storage space with its five drawers, roomy, two-inch top section and lower storage cubby. The front panel with elastic brush loops is detachable allowing for even greater mobility. And if that wasn’t enough, removable wheels and a shoulder strap are also included.

    • Five aluminum drawers
    • Shoulder strap overlocking latches with keys
    • Removable wheels
  • Pro Cabinet - Japonesque

    Margaux says: This case opens cabinet style with storage above the drawers that totals five inches when case is closed. Four short drawers and three long drawers provide excellent storage along with elastic brush holders in doors of case. Shoulder strap, overlocking latches with keys and removable wheels are also included.

    • Opens cabinet style
    • Four short drawers, three long drawers
    • Elastic brush holders in doors

You will be happy with any of these

  • Pro Makeup Case - Japonesque

    Margaux says: Professionally designed handcrafted makeup case has double-sided accordion tiered trays with adjustable dividers and lower compartment for storage. Includes nylon shoulder strap.

    • Handcrafted
    • Double-sided accordion trays
  • Medium Train Case - Japonesque

    Margaux says: Classic design features four accordion tiered trays allowing easy access to all levels of case along with lower compartment storage. The hard outer shell protects contents when traveling. Comes in several colors including pink, leopard, black, and brown.

    • Overlocking snap-closures
    • Accordion trays
    • Choice of colors
  • Go-Anywhere, Take-Anything Case - Japonesque

    Margaux says: The Go-Anywhere, Take-Anything Case is the best deal for your money. The soft-sided case includes two accordion tiered trays. Multiple zippered flaps, a full mesh pocket in the top, and dual facing horizontal elastic loops. The mid section contains a full vinyl pocket facing a single row of vertical elastic loops with a full mesh pocket on reverse side of loop flap.

    • Soft-sided case with rigid base
    • Multiple zippered pockets
    • Dozens of elastic loops for brushes
  • Solia Train Case Series - Alexa Brooke

    Margaux says: The Alexa Brooke Train Case opens cabinet style with fold down front to reveal bottom storage compartment and two fabric lined trays. It is modeled after the larger pro makeup cases used by makeup artists but not nearly as bulky or heavy. Overlocking top latch and two keys are also included.

    • Fabric lined trays
    • Fold down front
    • Locking top latch with two keys
  • Caboodles Ultimate Organizer

    Margaux says: Caboodles have come a long way from the pink case we remember from ten years ago. The Ultimate Organizer is perfect for the student makeup artist or the pro that has different cases for different tasks. The six auto-open trays hold products while the eight-elastic bands hold your brushes. Although this case is not insulated, I truly wish I had the Ultimate Organizer instead of a tackle box when I was a student.

    • Six auto-open trays

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The best make up cases for pros offer plenty of room to carry all the essentials of your trade as a professional artist or a student. These best makeup bags recommendations take many details into consideration, including whether there is good weight distribution and wheels for ease of movement. Also our best beauty products cases have insulation to keep your valuable beauty products from melting.