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:
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.