I had some recent requests from readers and friends who were curious as to how my dressing table looks and as to how to store makeup and skincare items. Reader Gette wrote to me:-
Ever since I’ve gotten into this cosmetics thing, my bathroom shelf is overflowing with my skincare, make-up and accessories. I’m pretty sure you have more things than I do, so how do you store your stuff?
Incidentally, just yesterday, Syen of Soloverly asked to see what my bathroom cabinet looked like. I don’t store my cosmetics or skincare in the bathroom but in my bedroom on/in a dresser. On a personal note I do not recommend the bathroom for storing cosmetics if you also use it to shower – the heat and high humidity can cause products to spoil. So, with the pressing requests, here’s a combined post showing you roughly what my dresser looks like (when its neat and clean) and how I store my makeup and skincare.
My dresser is part of a bedroom set that I picked up from a furniture store that promptly burnt down 2 weeks later. Ah yep! Insurance I have no doubt 😛 Anyway, I chose it for the many drawers it had and the large mirror it came with.
Most of my cosmetics are stored in storage boxes on top of the dresser which makes things very cramped and not pretty. However, its practical and I tend to go for practical over pretty. Practical means I have less to dust as boxes are easier to wipe down 😛
So ends the story of how my dresser looks – onto how I actually store my makeup, skincare and etc… 😉
Makeup Storage Tips
Try Toolboxes or plastic drawers
I started out with storing makeup in toolboxes – the sort you can get at your neighbourhood hardware shop or DIY shop. Don’t laugh – they are heck of a lot larger and cheaper and sturdier than most makeup traincases and you can get some decent looking ones at any DIY store! I found one in the DIY department of a hypermarket which was meant for storing screws and small objects in the garage! It was perfect for keeping loose eyeshadows and lipstick etc until I ran out of space. Key: Think out of the box.
An alternative is plastic drawer sets you can easily get at DIY stores or supermarkets. I had a few of those but I found them too impractical as they were not of the right height or width and they are now used for storing other things in my store room.
Mooncake tins or boxes come in handy!
If you buy or get those elaborate mooncake or cake tins or pretty wooden boxes, don’t throw them away. They make good storage options too! I have this box that came with some random skincare set (red box in picture above). It laid in my store room for ages until I picked it up again recently. Its the perfect size for some everyday face brushes AND looks pretty! 😀
Ikea is a fountain of ideas!
After lots of experimentation, my preference for makeup storage lies in none other than that storage and organization heaven – Ikea! 2 items I particularly recommend are the Antonius Basket Insert (RM5) and the Glis Box with Lid (RM19.90) and Glis Box with Lid set of 3 (RM12 for 3). The latter 2 Glis boxes are usually found at the Kid’s department 😉
I use the Antonius Basket Insert for skincare as its hard to find a box high enough to accommodate all the different heights skincare bottles come in. It is also useful for keeping foundation and powders neat. Most fit nicely in the spaces. Dusting is a bit of a hassle but I’m used to it by now.
The Glis Box with Lid comes with compartments and you can add your own inserts (included) to create your own compartment sizes. Very useful for keeping palettes and loose eyeshadow singles.
The Glis Box with Lid set of 3 that is found in the Kid’s department is very useful for keeping cotton pads and lipsticks! Its about the right height for most lipsticks or you can store the lipsticks or glosses lying down.
If you go to the kitchen department of Ikea, pick up the Forhoja wooden cutlery tray (RM25). Its useful for holding palettes or in my case, blush! It fits nicely in my drawer and there’s a handle so you can pick it up if you want to dust under it. I don’t have a picture here but there’s one floating around the blog somewhere 😉
To create more space on my dressing table top, I use the Ikea Rationell Variera metal shelf. Its meant to extend your flat surface area upwards. The new one is white and quite pretty. Look in the kitchen department by the cutlery trays – it sells out quickly.
Backups of skincare and perfumes are kept in a cupboard away from heat. I use a slim low Billy bookcase from Ikea. Its about the right height and the limited space prevents me from amassing too much 😛
Brushes, you already know are stored on the Ikea Spontan magnetic board at eye level and are easy to reach for in the morning. I also store my mascara there! I’m told its been discontinued but I haven’t been to Ikea lately so I can’t say for sure. Some shorter or more frequently used face brushes are now stored in the red box on my dresser. Hair brushes are stored in a round ceramic pot found in a random little shop which was meant to be for storing used oil after cooking. I picked it up because someone broke the cover and it was going cheap (RM5) and the ribbons came from presents and cost nothing
So there you have it. My makeup storage tips or rather, how I store my makeup and skincare stuff.
Do share yours! If you have a picture, you can upload it onto Flickr or Photobucket and share the link in your comment below, or if you have a blog, blog it! It’ll be fun to see how we all store our products – I’m sure some of you have very pretty dressers, not a mere practical boring looking ones like mine!