Four Handbag Essentials when going to a Masquerade Ball

03 Jun 2019

 handbag essentials for masquerade ball

What should be in your handbag for a night at a masked ball? 

  • Tissues
  • Eye makeup
  • Jiffy Bag
  • Hairpins

Heading off to a masquerade ball this year? On the lead up to the big event, you’ll have already got that killer outfit and mask ready and waiting in your wardrobe, but there are a few other items that you’ll need to take along with you to ensure that you have a memorable and magical night.

Here are our top four handbag essentials that you can prepare in advance ready for your upcoming masquerade ball.


A true handbag staple, tissues are a must for anyone going to a masquerade ball. As the event gets into full swing, you might need to dab away any excess moisture from your skin that might appear when you've been wearing your mask for a while and dancing the night away. Pop a travel pack of tissues into your bag or pocket so you can quickly give your skin and mask interior a wipe should you need to.

Eye make up

Masks are designed to showcase your eyes and add an air of mystery to the proceedings, so you’ll want to keep those perfect peepers looking fabulous all night long.

Make are that you take your mascara, eyeliner and eye shadow along with you to the ball for a quick top up in the restroom. If you'll be going for that wow factor with a set of fake lashes especially for the ball, it’s also a good idea to take along a little lash glue too.

A Jiffy bag

Perhaps not the most common handbag item, but a jiffy bag really is an essential item when attending a masquerade ball.

After a while of being at the venue or even when enjoying a sit-down meal, you might want to remove your beautiful new mask for a time. Popping it on a table can result in accidental damage or marks from food and drinks on the table. Instead, take along a jiffy bag or similar padded bag so you can stash your mask away for a while without the risk of it getting damaged.


Small and inconspicuous, hairpins aren’t just great for keeping that stunning up do in place. Many regular masquerade ball attendees like to use hairpins to prevent the material used to tie the mask from tickling the shoulders or back of the neck. They also keep things looking neat and tidy too, so it’s well worth popping a few spares into your clutch bag just in case you lose a few while dancing the night away.

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By: Tracy Chandler

Tracy has been in the masquerade industry for over 15 years.

As an expert crafter, she spends her time sourcing, and buying, Posh Masks designs from the Venetian artisans in Venice, along with researching, and compiling, news, views, ideas, and advice on Venetian mask history and design, the modern day masquerade party and the fancy dress world of Cosplay

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