Organized chaos. That’s how I describe my current approach to organizing my makeup, and I’m always looking for new ways to store products and make them easier to find.
To that end, I’ve made some of my best makeup storage discoveries in some pretty unlikely places, like fabric stores and discount retailers with home sections like Marshall’s and T.J.Maxx.
That’s where I found that clear ArtBin box up at there at the top with 18 compartments for $7!
Shoot, that same thing would probably cost three times as much at The Container Store.
I’m guessing it was designed for beads and buttons, but I use it to store my MAC Paint Pots and Benefit Creaseless Creams.
Something tells me it doesn’t mind…
It’s also great for storing the MAC single eyeshadows I keep meaning to depot, and the compartments are just big enough to fit most products that come in tiny tubes.
And ArtBin makes a similar container for pencils called the Prism 6-Compartment Box (about $7 in stores, or $9 online). I use mine for eyeliners and to organize lip pencils by color, but it’d make a pretty good storage bin for glosses, too.
Oh, and you know those clear shoeboxes that you can get at The Container Store? Nice thing about them? They’re the perfect size for nail polishes.
It’s good to see you back here for another Share a Tip Tuesday! Here are some of the smokey eye tips you left on last week’s post in the comments…
“To line the lower waterline, swipe it with a dry q-tip first and then apply waterproof pencil – better chance of it “sticking” to line. Just don’t poke eye – that hurts like a mutha!”
“I put on a gel liner on the waterline and then put a deep pencil liner in the same shade. Stays put ALL day.”
“My favourite smokey eye tip is to map out the shape with your bronzer before you go in with a dark colour. That way if you can’t get it right/run out of time, it just looks like crease definition.”
“One trick I learned from a friend is to prime your lips with eye contour cream! It really moisturizes without being greasy, and it reduce the appearance of fine lines on your lips.”
“Here’s a lip tip I learned from a MAC artist: instead of using Mac prep n prime lips on your lips use it to trace along the outside of your lips. This creates a barrier. This trick always helps to keep bright or dark colors from bleeding.”
“The quickest way to a smokey eye is to use a dark base underneath your powder eyeshadow. It doesnt have to be black, since the smokey eye is more a technique than a color. My fave colors to use would be gray and navy blue – theyre softer than black and a tad easier to work with.”
“The biggest key with working with eye makeup that is anything other than neutral is to not be afraid and know that some color combinations will not always work, but at least you tried something new. When I first ventured into wearing green eyeshadow, it seriously looked like I had mold or algae on my eyes. I learned a) to blend brights well and b) a good primer does wonders for keeping eyeshadow bright and cheery all day long.”
Thanks for the awesome ideas!
In this week’s edition, I’m hungry for makeup storage secrets. Got any innovative/re-purposed/unusual makeup storage containers or techniques? I bet you do!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,