Does all your make up all roll around in a bag in a mess? (Just one bag you say? Don't worry – I know women who only have one make up bag! Honestly!) Or do you have it all sorted into categories, brands, useability, etc?
Until recently mine was all on the top of a chest of drawers, near the big mirrors and the 10X magnefying mirror, sorted into 4 cases. One was the old 'beauty case' that I used to use for travelling in the 1990s. This housed pencils, lip glosses, primers and miscellaneous items such as eye lash curlers, false eyelashes, blotting squares, etc.
My favourite case was a beautiful gold Estee Lauder one that came as Christmas present from Katherine about 6 years ago. I think it was the first year that Estee Lauder did the special at Christmas that when you bought a fragrance, you could purchase this kit for about $120. It came with a palette of eyeshadows, a palette of blush, 4 lipsticks, 2 lip pencils, 2 eye pencils, a mascara and a smaller zippered case. This kit was all I wanted. I lusted after it like a kid in the 1980s lusted after a cabbage patch doll. I dropped hints, I talked about it openly, I suggested that my mother loved Estee Lauder fragrance, therefore this would be a 2-for-1 gift. And today the case is in as good condition as it was 6 years ago, and until recently it held all eyeshadows, blushes, foundation, concealers, powders and mascaras.
I also had two other cases (free gifts from Avon) that housed all my lipsticks. Summer colours in one, and winter shades in the other.
But it just wasn't working for me any more. I had seen a couple of video blogs where women really had the storage of their make up sorted and I was really motivated to try to get mine into some semblence of order to reduce application time.
And this new foray into order cost me next to nothing. I went to The Reject Shop, where it had been strongly suggested I would find what I was looking for. For $13 I got this great set of document drawers. I thought "I'm never going to fit anything in there!!", but it was all they had so I had to give it a go.
These drawers are enormous! The top drawer easily takes (and I'm only listing the top drawer as an example of how much you can fit) – 2 primers, 3 foundations, a tinted moisturiser, 3 BB creams, 2 highlighters, 2 concealers, 2 loose powders, 2 pressed powders, 1 dark circle corrector, 1 eyeshadow primer and 1 cream blush. That drawer covers the base of my makeup.
Next one down contains all my eye products – eye shadows, highlighters, mascaras, eye liners, gel, brow enhancers, etc. Third down is full of blushes (who knew that you needed so many), and the bottom drawer is full of miscellaneous items. And there is still plenty of room for more within each drawer. They are no where near at capacity.
The beautiful gold case is still in use, as you can see. It houses lipsticks, sorted within in smaller boxes, in colour groupings. And I find that small jars are great for lip pencils, eye pencils and brushes.
Now that it's all organised I find applying make up much easier as I'm not always rummaging to find something (except when it has ended up in one of my many handbags).
It can be very inexpensive to get some order in your life. Tell us below what your makeup storage system is like. We'd love extra tips!