My Makeup Station and Storage

No, I don't have a fancy schmancy makeup station. We don't have room for that or a dressing table in our flat, so I make do with this setup:

In front of the wardrobe mirror, I have clear plastic drawers, a bedside table, a lighted double-sided mirror that doubles as my night lamp, an alarm clock so I know when I have to dash for the train, and a plastic stool from Ikea cos I'm too lazy to do my makeup standing up.

I probably spend a lot more time re-organising my makeup than actually putting them on, but after re-arranging and tweaking this several times since last year’s storage post, I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

I originally started with just the bedside table, but it was just too messy and the deep drawers meant I had to dig through layers of stuff to get a particular lipstick or eye pencil. Ms SparkleArkle’s video prompted me to purchase two clear plastic Keji drawers from Officeworks. At $17 each, they’re so much more affordable than similar-looking drawers specifically designed for makeup.

In the top wooden drawer, I keep foundations and day moisturisers (I keep most of my skincare items in the bathroom), and some disposables, hair clips and a hairdryer in the bottom.

An A4-sized plastic tray on top of the plastic drawers holds a small rubbish bin, some lotions, a pencil holder for eye pencils, and a smaller to toss random stuff into.

In the first plastic drawer are multi-use palettes and items I would use if I had time in the morning to apply some makeup. The second drawer is reserved for a new set of brushes that are still waiting to be washed.

The third drawer holds my current brushes. I don’t like keeping my brushes in the open as they can get dusty.

The fourth drawer contains lipsticks and stubby eyeliners in cardboard dividers inspired by Tegania’s Thoughts lipstick DIY storage, as well as longer lipsticks and lip glosses in the middle and some false lashes and brand new lippies at the back.

The second set of plastic drawers hold an assortment of makeup products.

Foundation and powders:

Blushes, bronzers and highlighters:


More eyeshadows:

Plus an empty drawer for more stuff or further tweaking of the system.

I think it's pretty clear that I should be tossing my credit cards into the fire... I am so glad we don't have a fireplace.


  1. You have quite the collection, Jos!! I think you've done a great job organizing it. So far I'm able to manage just using my Sephora train case I've had forever, but it's getting mighty heavy and room is scarce, so that's not going to last much longer! I've been looking at different ways to store things, and this gives me some more good ideas, thanks!

    1. It is a sizeable collection, so this will hopefully help me stick to my shopping limits. Glad it gave you ideas for your own collection! I love having the drawers, but I've also been thinking of getting a train case just so I can move it easily across the flat. Though I'd rather spend money on makeup than storage :)

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    1. Thank you! I would love to see your makeup station and storage!

    2. mine is at a corner of bathroom that looks like this:

      that was posted a year ago and of course there are some small changes.

  3. this is great!! I love your organized makeup chaos :)) P. S. I'm glad you went ahead and ordered Dinair, you're gonna love it!! I just posted a whole airbrushed makeup look on my bloggy, check it out:

    1. I'm liking the Dinair so far, just don't have time to clean it every morning so I don't it everyday.

  4. Winner! Do you like elf products mader? Sale kasi sa Watsons. Hehehe :)

    1. I don't have any elf products. Not available in Oz. Or if it is, it's 3x more expensive than US prices. But if it's cheap and on sale, try it :)



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