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What’s In My Bag: Carol Shaw, Founder of Lorac Cosmetics

By Klaudia Tirico / September 1, 2015


Twelve tubes of lipstick? Poetry scribbled on Sephora receipts? Keys to a Harley? You can tell a lot about a person by the contents of her bag. In our What’s in My Bag series, we ask beauty and style insiders to spill the contents of their purses in hopes of finding a few gems.


The Subject

Carol Shaw was basically born to be in the beauty business. Her father was a hairstylist and her mom was a makeup artist; nice way to grow up, huh? Her love of beauty led her to become an established makeup artist in Los Angeles, where she painted the faces of some of Hollywood’s elite. Now, she’s the proud owner of her own makeup brand. We’re sure you’ve heard of Lorac Cosmetics? Lorac is actually Carol spelled backwards, if you haven’t guessed. Shaw is the woman behind all of our favorite products, from the amazing baked powders to the flawless finish foundations and gorgeous palettes. Find out which products she can’t leave home without below! 


The Bag

“I have some great handbags (limited edition Chloé and Louboutin bags etc.), however, my everyday go-to is my Prada Messenger Bag [1]. It is perfect for every day and for travel.”

What’s Inside

“I carry a LORAC makeup bag that was a limited edition. I like it because you can see through it. It's packed with LORAC products, many are mini travel-size that are perfect for on-the-go! I have blonde eyelashes so I always carry mascara. This season, I am loving my new LORAC PRO Plus Fiber Mascara [2]. You will always find the LORAC travel-size Baked Bronzer [3] for an instant glow and a Pocket PRO Palette [4] that contains three of my favorite eyeshadows from the PRO Palette. I love Alter Ego Lipstick and gloss in Duchess [5], it's the perfect rosey nude.
House and car keys and iPhone 6 Plus! Also, LORAC POREfection Baked Powder [6], this powder instantly perfects your complexion.”

The Quirky and Unexpected

“Everyone makes fun of me because I have everything in my bag! I have Band Aids, Q-Tips, alcohol wipes, Wet Ones [7], Papermate Felt Tip Pens (Blue)[8], Lemon Cashew Rise Bars [9], etc.
I also always carry my Harry Larry's reading glasses, LORAC POREfection Concealer [10], Tea Tree Therapy Cinnamon Toothpicks, Oral B Glide Mono-Usage Dental Floss, All Terrain Hand Sanitizer, and Aquaphor [11] a must-have for my hands!”