This may sound crazy coming from a beauty editor, but I don't carry a makeup bag in my purse. I like my bags to be as minimal as possible (yes, I'm the one carrying a day clutch), so I tend to just have my bare essentials floating loose in my bag — one lipstick, one lip balm, and a pressed-powder compact. I've always found that I was limited to compacts that had sponges or poofs inside, since the ones with brushes came apart or were just too bulky. But now, I've found my perfect purse compact that not only goes on like a dream with a finely milled formula, but is also gorgeous, with a perfect little brush. Dolce & Gabbana Perfection Veil Pressed Powder ($60; I use Natural Glow 2) can be used multiple times throughout the day without getting cakey on the skin, and as the weather slowly starts rising, I'll be combatting the late-afternoon "dewiness" with this stashed in my little bags.
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