October 20, 2010

Makeup Organization

I love makeup.

MAC.
Bare Escentuals.
Smashbox.
Benefit.

You name it. I have it. And, I have lots of it.

I used to wear makeup every day when I worked outside my home.

Now, I wear it once or twice/week. Always lip gloss of course but that is a whole other addiction I will leave for a later post.

I think one of the reasons why I don't wear makeup more often is because it was so poorly organized. I had it stored in a decorative two-tier box and I had stuff on top of the box so I would have to move things to get to my hundreds of dollars worth of makeup.
Then a light bulb went off.

Why am I making things hard on myself?

You know how you pass the same thing tons of times until finally you realize there is a better way.

So, my better way was a three drawer file plastic box that I had office supplies in.Pretty? No. Functional? Oh yeah!

I separated the drawers into three sections.

Face.
Eyes. More eyes and miscellany.
I have my eye pencils in a small basket.Halleluiah.

I can now actually pull the drawers out to get to my makeup and see all of the stuff I have.

Come back for my next post where I will share with you some of my favorites.

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or we find it not."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

37 comments:

Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

Wow! You're my hero and I want to have your makeup kit so bad!! I have one little zippy bag that holds everything I own. LOL

Love!

Jo said...

Carmie,call me crazy,but I just love things like this,when I scroll down my dashboard and read the post of bloggers I follow,it's post like this I jump on,Now,I need to do this also,great idea,even though since I'm retired I seldom wear my makeup.Thanks for sharing.
-Jo
-LazyonLoblolly

Mrs. Mess said...

Wow! You certainly do have a lot of makeup and I'm slightly jealous!

Love of the Sea said...

Wow - I now don't feel as bad. I have as much makeup as you...It is crazy...and I hardly wear makeup outside of work.

Julie said...

Holy cow do you have a lot of make-up. WOW!! And you have it so neat, if I had make up I'm sure it wouldn't be nice like that, it would be thrown in a drawer or pouch and lost forever. That looks so good. I have some cupboards the need attention, want to come to Minnesota and clean them up? :o)
Take care and thanks for stopping by. God Bless!!

Yvette said...

Hi there! I just started following your blog. I'm loving the idea for your makeup organization, my makeup is tossed into a drawer with absolutely no rhyme or reason. Hope you don't mind if I copy a little? :)

Nikki said...

I have mine organized in the same way...its so much easier to see what you've got when like is with like! Thanks so much for linking up! :)

Heather said...

Good solution. I have such a small amount of makeup that it fits flat in one small drawer. Easy to handle that way.

One Heart said...

Ooh, this is such a great idea. I share mine with my daughter so it is cats and dogs at times. Muahahaha, maybe I can get one of these with a lock.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you liked the Life:Beautiful magazine. I had not seen it before either and when my blogging friend mentioned it, I just knew I'd like it. Hope you can find it in your area. If you go to their webpage I think they say where you can shop for it.

Ooh, I just spotted your giveaway etiquette post below too. Sounds like one I'd enjoy. Off to read it.

Kristi Flanagan said...

Ok girl - you have a lot of makeup!!!! I'm super jealous on the organizer and all the makeup!!!

Thanks for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

You did great!
XO

Jen M said...

OMG at your makeup collection!

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Janet Ellis said...

New follower here. Love, love, love the make up collection! Looking forward to reading that spa post :-).

Janet Ellis said...

I just read the spa post....laughing, laughing, laughing. It is so true. And now, I think I need a spa treatment :-)

CAS said...

An organizer after my own heart! I don't have nearly as much makeup as you do, but I have a drawer full & it needs to all fit in one drawer. I do makeup every day, because it makes me feel good. I made drawer dividers using 1/4" poster-board. I laid out all my items & planned the layout of my drawer & just started measuring, cutting & gluing. I've had this arrangement for about 2 yrs. now & it has stayed neat & tidy. Love it.

Miri said...

Good job!

I keep mine in a bag from Clinique...a big square thing-its handy but I don't have nearly as much as you and even then I tend to use only the eye make up! LOL!

Marie Anne said...

Ohmy, I've never seen so much makeup in one place outside of the cosmetics counter in a store!

Good for you for finding a neat way to organize it all.

Carmel @ our fifth house said...

Your makeup collection is amazing! Nice job organizing!

xo- Carmel

sisters4saymoreismore said...

i can tell that you are a girl after my own heart!! its amazing how much fun it is to just look at make-up! some times i think, am i nuts? but then i look at my husband watching who knows what game on tv and realize we all have are thing that makes us giddy!
great ideas... i need a bigger bathroom. :)

~selina

Silver Daisies said...

**jealous!
When I first tried to organize my make up, I just threw half of it out. BIG mistake. Now I miss it. I use a similar system except my drawers are like 4"x4"x6" =( FAIL.

Rona's Home Page said...

My makeup items would fit in one hand.
I'm a follower from the Blog Hop.

Ellen said...

What a collection. And at 50, I have no clue what to do with about 75% of what you have. Occasionally I wear a bit of mascara, a little blush and if things are really bad, some mineral powder. The eye stuff, I usually look like a sad raccoon.

Love your blog.

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Gypsy Heart said...

Can I please come over to your house and play "make up" ? :) You are a girl after my own heart! I don't have as much as you do but I'm older too and since I retired, I don't buy as much. I'm a nut about eye shadows, lip color & nail polish! Can't resist 'em so it's best just to give in. I love this idea ~ thanks for sharing.

Hope you're having a great weekend!
xo
Pat

Jenglamgirl said...

I cannot even begin to explain to you how jealous I am over your makeup and THE BRANDS! you have the best makeup. I treat myself here and there on maybe one sephora blush trio or a mac lipgloss, or clinque mascara... I would give anything to have your makeup loot. I adore makeup and love to wear it. I have had lots of friends tell me that they want me to do their makeup because mine always looks so good.. cough cough. Anyway, it all looks great, good job. Jen

Laura said...

Wow I don't think I've ever seen more amazing makeup!

This week is my blog anniversary and I'm hosting a week's worth of great giveaways. Feel free to stop by if you'd like!

CAS said...

Carmi, I did a post yesterday, 10/25, about my makeup organization in case you are interested. Pictures included.
Carol

Barbara Shallue said...

Great idea! I don't have nearly this much, though - mine all fits in a pencil box!

Diana said...

Holy Cow you have a lot of makeup! I would so love to playin those drawers.. :) lol

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christine, just bella said...

ohmygoodness, look at all the pretty makeup!! I'm like a kid in a candy store!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, so lovely to "meet" you :)
Christine

Struggler said...

Love your make-up solution. Personally, I don't own very many products, and I wear pretty much the same ones each day. Boring but easy :)

Melanie {The Tiny Tudor} said...

Ohhh I love your makeup collection! If I actually organized mine it would also be Eyes, more eyes and more eyes : ) Looove eyeshadow.

Whitney said...

Could I be more jealous of your makeup stash? No. No I could not.

KatrinkaJane said...

I use a Travel Roll-Up Bag, so I can see it AND it's already all packed when I need to travel. http://www.marykay.com/kyredhead/color/travelrollupbag/10034489/10034489/default.aspx

Erin said...

I am incredibly jealous! I want it all! :)

closets Bergen said...

These are truly great ways of organizing and storing a cosmetics collection. Those who have one will surely find these ideas helpful. Thanks for sharing.

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