If you're going to whip out a compact at the dinner table, choose one that could almost pass as an accessory. Opt for a modest-size version with a gold or silver finish. "Anything big and colorful tends to look like plastic and not terribly elegant," says Stiles.
EstÃ©e Lauder Golden Alligator compact, $33; esteelauder.com.
Dior Blue Tie palette in Smoking Blue, $70; dior.com.Read MoreLess