One thing I’ve always “collected” was makeup. When I was younger, I remember going to my friend’s house and swapping lipstick samples that she somehow got from Avon. I had every color of glitter gel (where did we even put that stuff- on our eyes or face?) and each flavor of Lip Smackers. Since I still live in my childhood bedroom (yes, I still live at home to save money), I store my makeup on the same vanity I’ve had since I was 10.
Although the gold vanity is now tarnished and falling apart, it still gets the job done. Every morning I apply my makeup while seated and it’s such an improvement over cramming everything in a small bathroom. Over the years, I’ve stored my makeup in a variety of cases, pouches and boxes, I’ve finally found a solution that works for my small space.
First, a proper mirror and lighting is a must. I bought this one from Amazon and it works wonders.
For the storage of my brushes, I use this patterned can I found in the $1 section at Target. Yes, those few aisles that call my name as soon as I walk in sometimes do have awesome finds. It keeps them organized and looks cute!
For my eye shadow and blush palettes, I store them on the lower level. Since they are thin and long, they fit best here. I don’t always use them on a daily basis, so I keep them hidden away to save space until I need to use them. Behind the palettes, I store any samples I get in a small LeSportsac pouch.
For my lipstick collection, I used the top of a box that a Bath & Body Works gift set came in. The box was so pretty and a good size, so I’m happy I found a way to re-use it. The top is shallow enough to fit one row of lipsticks, glosses and tints. Like the Type A person I am, I group the lip products by brand and shade.
Lastly, I use the bottom of the previous mentioned gift box for everything else. These are what I call my daily essentials. Since I use these frequently, they are stored on the top level. I separate the products into sections (powders, blushes/bronzers, loose eye shadows, etc.) to keep them organized. For all my pencils (like eye liner or brow pencils) and other eye products (mascaras), I store them in a small, open pouch.
Someday, maybe when I move out and have a bigger space, I’d love to invest in clear storage containers for my makeup. But until then, this will do.
How do you store your makeup?