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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Storage (Make-up)

Peeling back the hygiene seal on yet another fabulous Burt's Bees lip balm the other day made me wonder about the value of the contents of my make-up drawers.

I keep it all relatively tidy anyway but I couldn't resist the shocking-pink baskets which were only 20p each! How could I not purchase something so pink which would help me tame my blusher pots?

If you like the look of my drawers, why don't you gather a few similar items of varying sizes. Look out for little wicker baskets or woven gift boxes which might have held soap or a bath duo. They are perfect for nestling.

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I choose a long and wide wicker basket for all my make-up brushes. Some brushes and applicators can be £5 or £10 to replace.

If you buy just one or two make-up brushes, buy the best you can afford and look after the ones you have.

If your make-up drawer looks like this...

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...well, you are not alone.

Today I hope to inspire you to collect a few useful storage containers. Please beg and barter some wicker baskets or pop in to a bargain store and purchase a pack of pen/pencil baskets.

You could use anything as long as it sits below the level of the drawer.

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These bright pink pencil baskets are 20p each and the little box contained a fashion watch.

With a little determination and an hour's free-time, you can go from a drawer filled with random pencils, mascaras, loose cotton buds and too many eyeshadows, to this:

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Allowing for 5 or 6 drawers, I suggest you divide all your make-up into categories.

  • Blusher, Brushes and Applicators
  • Eyeshadows and Multi-coloured Eye Palettes
  • Mascara and False Eyelashes
  • Lipsticks and Lip Pencils
  • Foundation and Face Powders
  • Nail Polish, other make-up spares and unopened products

Start off by sorting all your items and decide which products you wish to keep. Divide and conquer the tidying by placing your make-up straight into their boxes and baskets.

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This allows you to see exactly what you have.

Here is a photo of various lipsticks which I seal with tape until I want to use one. The mascaras are new and I leave them in their packaging just in case a friend wants to swap one :)

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This is my eyeshadow drawer. I keep palettes and unopened items separate as I like to swap make-up with friends and used eyeshadows on a swap table are a bit of a poor show.

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New and unopened mascara and all my false eyelashes are stored together as I do not wear falsies everyday and I only use waterproof mascara for certain occasions.

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When I see a really lovely eye make-up advert, I tear it out and keep it in my eye drawer.

*Tip: Maybe you like to buy make-up books and 'How To' guides. If so, keep them with your make-up.



It sounds so obvious but a make-up book showing a light and fresh daytime look is not going to be followed when it is in another room on a bookshelf.

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I keep all my lip pencils and balms together as I use them everyday. This particular drawer I have as the top drawer simply because it is the most visited.

By keeping all your unused pencils in a clear bag, you can see what you have. Take advantage of store offers such as 'buy one, get one free' as unopened make-up can last for years!

If you are a lady who likes to wear glossy lips, keep a handful of tissues stored with your lip sticks as they are useful for blotting and better that loo roll.

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More spares! I traded the foundation with a make-up rep who had samples and we did a deal with no sterling involved.

Bartering and swapping items for product which would cost you money is a great way to save.

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I love things with bees on. The make-up compact is an enamelled compact for which you buy refills for. It is lovely to take on an evening out instead of carrying a half-used powder and a puffer.

The tiny little wooden pot with the bee lid contains stud earrings and is a useful place to pop a dress ring.

If you are a powder girl, why not treat yourself to an enamelled compact?

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The drawers I use are solid pine and I have painted them a few times over the years. The last coat of paint was about 6 years ago.

I only use a basic emulsion paint just like you would use on the wall.

You should look for a chest of drawers which would be kept solely for your make-up. This set is called a Wellington chest of drawers. It is tall and thin with 6 drawers.

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This is the sight which should greet you when you open your drawers. You will find that you can put your hand on any item - no more rummaging!

Please don't worry about painting or changing your furniture. Have fun with it and make your pieces work for you.

Have a lovely day and look after your make-up: it adds up to a pretty penny.

Lella  xx

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