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There’s a common misconception (or an in-denial state of mind) for makeup fanatics where their kikay kits are mistaken for their makeup kits. In my professional opinion, a makeup kit is that Pandora’s Box that holds all of your beauty toys–primers, arsenals of brushes, eyeshadow palettes, colorful blushers, and rows upon rows of beautiful lipstick bullets.

Unless you’re a professional makeup artist, you can’t lug your entire makeup trolley with you to the office or on regular days. This is where you kikay kit comes in! This is what fits in your bag among your daily essentials like your mobile phone, charger, wallet, and car keys. A kikay kit should fit in your handbag, no bigger than a tote.

So how to do you fit your most important makeup must-haves in a handbag and an even smaller kikay kit? Follow this mindset: Do your makeup at the start of the day and freshen (not redo) your makeup throughout the day.


Jasmine’s touch-up must-haves (clockwise from top left): Happy Skin Don’t Get Mad Get Even Powder Foundation, Inglot Undereye Brightening Corrector, NAKED Basics 3-in-1 Palette, NAKED 2 Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette, Gatsby Oil Control Film, Make Up For Ever Step 1 Hydrating Primer, and Vaseline Cherry Lip Balm


Below is a list of ways to touch up using just your basic kikay kit.

1. Refresh, not redo. Get rid of the oil! An oil control film or a pat of powder will do the trick.

2. Stay hydrated by keeping your makeup moisturized. Bellas with oily skin or dry skin, the key to keeping your makeup fresh is to keep your skin hydrated. When your foundation or concealer is starting to crack between the lines on your face (like on the corner of your eyes or around your nose), a dab of moisturizer goes a long way. And regardless of the lip color you have on, constantly patting your lips with lip balm will keep your lips from chapping and help keep the color at bay.

3. Highlight over color. Unless you have the clutch space and an extra 30 minutes to revise your look a bit, the way to pick up your complexion is through highlighting. Have a light reflecting blush or highlighter for the corner of your cheeks. Also use it to line the inner corner of your eyes. Otherwise, a compact basic blush and eyeshadow palette will come in handy in case you also need to touch up your liner or mascara. Instead of reapplying mascara that will definitely clump up on top of your first coat, use eyeliner (or a wet cotton bud tip dipped in your black eyeshadow color from your handy palette) to fill the gaps between your lashes, and line each lash from the water line to the tips to, again, freshen and hydrate your eye makeup.

There you go, Bellas—6 items, 3 tips. Now you can really touch up and go!

Jasmine Mendiola is a makeup artist, style consultant, and writer. See her works at and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Product photo by Ozzy Laviña

Jasmine Mendiola

Jasmine Mendiola is a makeup artist, writer, and style consultant. Visit her website here and follow herFacebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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