Get Your Christmas Party Survival Kit Ready: 10 Makeup Accessories You Need in Your Handbag to Survive the Holidays

Christmas Party Survival Kit
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As the holiday season continues, so does the flurry of holiday Christmas parties. It’s important to assemble your party survival kit beforehand so that you’re never left unprepared for what the night may bring! Not sure where to begin when creating your beauty survival kit? You don’t need to worry—we’ve come up with a list of 10 must-have makeup accessories that your handbag should never be without this holiday season.

10 Makeup Essentials for Your Holiday Party Survival Kit

Blotting Paper

You’re bound to work up a sweat on the dancefloor, so blotting papers are a must-have for your purse survival kit! A travel-sized translucent powder is another good option to keep you matte, if you aren’t a fan of these oil-absorbing sheets.


This item is especially important if you’re rocking a bold lip to one of your holiday parties this season. Lipstick, even if it’s long-lasting, is bound to wear off after kisses on the cheek, eating dinner, and downing a glass or two of champagne.

Lip Balm

Chapped lips isn’t a cute look for anyone. You want to keep a moisturizing lip balm handy wherever you go, especially if you’ll be in the cold! Keep your lips nice and soft at all times by including a lip balm in your holiday makeup kit.

Hair Ties

After spending hours of quality time with your curling wand, the last thing you’ll want to think about is tying your hair up. But let’s be realistic—you’re bound to get sick of your hair constantly falling into your face by the end of the night. Play it safe and stick a few hair bands in your survival kit to save yourself, and your friend who’s sure to need one too.

Pain Relievers

With drinks flowing, the loud music, and imminent small talk, chances are you’ll get a headache sooner or later. Plan ahead by packing a travel-sized bottle of pain killers to get rid of your headache, and enjoy the party.

Make-up Remover Wipes

We all know the feeling of wanting to get your makeup off as soon as possible at the end of the night. Carry a small pack of makeup remover wipes in your handbag so you can get the process started in your Uber if you’re super eager.

Nail Polish

You might find yourself unexpectedly attending a party this holiday season, and you don’t want to do so with a scraggy manicure. Carry an emergency bottle of nail polish to give your nails a fresh coat before heading out, or to touch up any scuffs or imperfections to your current nail color.

Breath Mints

You’ll likely be exchanging hugs with a few friends and relatives, so you want to make sure you’re fresh and minty. Ditch the stale breath by popping a mint (or two) before you arrive to the party.


The words “Christmas” and “feast” are synonymous during the holiday season. What often follows an overwhelming meal of not-so-healthy foods? Heartburn. Remembering to carry an antacid like Tums in your purse will help you combat any discomfort your favorite comfort foods may cause.

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is never a bad idea—you should keep a bottle of this handy throughout the year! With the amount of finger foods, hugs, and handshakes going around, this item is even more important during the holiday season.

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