In the Bag: 5 Bag and Beauty Pairings For Mastering Summer Style
Fashion-forward duos take center stage.
From expressionistic dressing to quiet luxury minimalism, the art of personal style serves as a mode for self-expression, especially when pairing summer’s must-have handbags and beauty essentials together. This summer, independent designers along with tried-and-true beauty brands, have emerged with a plethora of options needed to take your fashion and beauty game to the next level.
To master the season in bold fashion, lean into a new era with handbags that feature bold, modern hardware, unexpected design details, alluring textures and come fashioned in vivid doses of color. As a way to complement the stream of statement-making bags, luxe beauty staples in the form of shimmering liquid eyeshadow, creamy blush in pops of warm hues and glossy lip tints act as the perfect counterpart.
Below, find our must-have handbag and beauty pairings for perfecting summer style.
CheyenneKimora is known for her handmade, crystal durags which have been worn by the likes of Alicia Keys, Keke Palmer and Winnie Harlow, but the Los Angeles-based brand’s Crystal Mini Bags are something to rave about. Embellished with crystals that reflect light as well as translate energy, the bedecked mini bag radiates the luxuries of couture and the ornate elevation of Black culture. To enhance the bag’s high-shine factor, opt for Stila’s Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in a multifaceted, shimmering shade dubbed “Wanderlust.” Together, the electric duo is all about claiming attention and adding a dose of shine to any ensemble.
Female artisans from Lagos, Nigeria weave the Perade Citron Aniya Bag with their own hands to celebrate the timeless beauty of traditional African culture, using modern styles to promote being bold and unapologetic. As a way to capture the essence of summer, inject your style routine with a dose of sun-kissed hues. Tower 28’s Beach Please Cream Blush, inspired by the Santa Monica sunset, arrives in a warm terracotta color that brightens the skin with a luminous finish. When paired together, the colors declare that it’s another hot-girl summer.
3. Luxe Accents: Brandon Blackwood’s 24k Gold Plated Hardware Vanity Purse ($350) and Merit’s Shade Slick Classics Tinted Lip Oil in Taupe ($24)
For those who favor a chic combination that doesn’t call too much attention, Brandon Blackwood’s Vanity Purse and Merit Tinted Lip Oil does exactly that. Fashion in beige canvas and accented with gold hardware, the bag ensures function and elevated style always remain a priority. To mimic the bag’s sleek design, Merit’s lip oil brings a sheer but buildable color to the lips while restoring skin’s natural barrier. With a conveniently placed mirror on the inner face of the bag, you can easily touch up your beat and reapply the lip oil at your convenience.
Manifest clear skin with this Black-owned duo – the Homage Year Ova Manifestation Bag and Topicals Faded Mini. The Banana Bag is a unique statement piece celebrating the fruits of your own labor which is made of smooth vegan leather and features a curved handle as well as functional design details. A mini product for a mini bag, the Topicals Faded serum comes in a travel size for on-the-go treatment that treats scarring, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation.
Whether running out to do errands or basking in the sun this summer, Ciriaco’s Minimalist Denim Buckle Baguette keeps your essentials handy at all times and ensures your style remains on point. Arriving in classic, crisp denim, the quaint shoulder bag is ideal for multitasking with an air of ease. To coordinate with the bag’s understated elegance, Saie’s slip tint packs a weightless, protective punch to skin. The cruelty-free tinted moisturizer evens skin tone and boasts a SPF 35-enhanced formula that seamlessly glides on. The duo will easily be the main attractions of your summer style and beauty routine.