Friday, October 24, 2014
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Makeup Collection and Storage

Disclaimer: If you don’t like looking at makeup collections, please don’t read this post. This is a highly requested article, and I try to accommodate the wishes of the Makeup Utopia community. Any disrespectful comments will be moderated out.


Most of my personal makeup collection is housed in a large buffet, and a chest of drawers from Ikea.

Here’s the top of the buffet:
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I keep my brushes, my tripod, and my most reached for products on here.

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Here’s my most reached for products – there’s a bunch of primers, foundations, concealers, setting sprays and mascaras. I keep a few face powders under the front flappy bit as well. The organiser is from Ikea, in the bathroom section.

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This little glass bowl is where I keep my awkwardly shaped things like sharpeners, sponges, eyelash curlers etc. This bowl is from the op shop.

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This was my favourite mug until it broke, and I couldn’t bring myself to part with it, so I use it to store my shorter handled brushes, that tend to disappear when stored with the bulk of my brushes.

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These vases were a few dollars each from Ikea, and I use them to store the rest of my personal brushes. Left to right, they are sorted into dirty brushes (yes, this vase is overflowing – time for a cleaning frenzy!), face brushes (non-foundation), face brushes (foundation) and smaller brushes for eyes and lips.

Inside the buffet there are 5 drawers. Here they are from top to bottom:

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Top drawer contains single eyeshadows of all varieties, loose, pressed and cream. I also have a few liquid eyeliners and some glitter adhesive tucked away in the back. I just use some sturdy boxes to keep this drawer somewhat organised.

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The second drawer is all about cheeks. It’s mostly blush and illuminators, with one or two contour products. I don’t wear bronzer as a general rule, so I don’t keep any in my personal collection. This drawer is not really organised, so it’s a bit of a jumble.

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The third drawer contains base products that I don’t use very often, or backups of ones that I love. There’s a few random blotting papers in here as well. Another drawer that has no real organisation (other than powders at the back, primers on the left and foundations on the right).

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The 4th drawer is lip balms and lip glosses. I’m not a huge lip gloss wearer, and as far as lip balms go, I tend to stick to 3 – MAC Lip Conditioner and Lanolips Lemonaid live on my des, and I use Maybelline Baby Lips as a lip primer every time I wear lipstick.

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The fifth and bottom drawer of this unit contains some random brushes that I don’t particularly like or use, as well as a few spare beauty fixations (cotton buds pre-loaded with makeup remover), and a tin from a gift pack of MOR cosmetics. The tin contains all my brush guards – these are essential to keeping the shape of my brushes after I wash them, and are DEFINITELY a worthwhile investment if you care for your brushes.

The buffet has 2 cupboards, one on each side of the drawers, and I keep makeup and props on one side, and office supplies on the other. The only really interesting thing in the makeup side is a large gift box that I store my palettes for personal use in:
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In here you’ll find palettes from Inglot, 2 Z-palettes, Sportsgirl, Stila, Illamasqua, Urban Decay, NP Set, Ben Nye, NYX, Australis, SAX, Sleek, Beauty without cruelty, Wet n Wild, and Revlon.

The rest of my personal collection is stored in my Helmer Drawers from Ikea. This has 6 drawers – here they are from top to bottom:

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The top drawer has my favourite lipsticks, both in bullet form, and in liquid form. The lipstick organsiers are from Target, although I have struggled to find them recently.

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The second drawer plays home to a random selection of mascaras and pencils, as well as my 2 pencil folders:
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These are awesome, they hold SO MANY pencils, and are from Dick Blick in the US.

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The third drawer contains a selection of lashes as well as some basic SFX makeup. And yes, that is a melon baller you can see. I use it to scoop out nose and scar wax.

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The fourth drawer contains my nail base and top coats, as well as my nail art supplies.

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The fifth drawer contains my overflow nail polish and my nail wraps/minx nails/nail stickers.

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The sixth and bottom drawer contains most of my modest collection of nail polish, which I try to keep sorted by brand.

On top of my Helmer drawers lives a basket that contains products I plan to review. I didn’t realise when I took this picture that half of my “to review” products are sitting on my desk, but here’s an idea of what may be coming up on Makeup Utopia:
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I hope you enjoyed that insight into my personal makeup stash, and I would LOVE for you to share your own makeup collection with me. If there’s anything you saw in my collection that you would like more information on, please let me know. :)

About Sara-May

Sara-May is the driving force behind Makeup Utopia. As a Makeup Artist, she constantly found herself being asked for product recommendations, and advice on makeup application. Through her desire to share her knowledge, Makeup Utopia was born!