We here at The Washingtonian are big proponents of making the items in our wardrobe work overtime. We also have a slight addiction to makeup bags (though perhaps not quite as much to makeup), and are always a little remiss to confine the cute pouches to the bottom of our gym bag. So when a reader requested ways to get more mileage out of the cosmetic cases she didn’t have enough product to fill, we knew it was time to let you in on our favorite other way to rock ’em: as mini carryalls on Friday and Saturday night. Dump out the blush and lipstick, throw in keys, credit cards, and your cell, and voilà—your look is complete. Here are 13 options we can’t wait to take for a spin. Oh, and on second thought, keep the lipstick.
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