Six months ago, this was enough for all my makeup. But one of the hazards of running a beauty blog is that your makeup collection will increase. Dramatically. My mineral makeup collection in particular had grown to a point where I knew something had to be done. So when I spotted this rather attractive A4 drawer set in Popular for RM57, I snapped it up!
It has five, rather shallow transparent trays and comes with stickers to label each drawer. From top to bottom, the drawers contain: mineral eyeshadows, mineral blushes, mineral face makeup (foundations, powders, concealers - mostly samples), palettes, and pamphlets ( I collect them).
It took some thinking, but I finally figured out how best to organise my eyeshadows to make them easy to use and find.
First, I took black and silver permanent markers and wrote the names of the shadows on their bottoms. So I could both read the names and see the colours of the shadows.
Second, I made dividers out of an old shoebox and fit them into the drawer to make 6 columns.
Next I organised it as follows:
1. Smokey Eye - blacks, silvers, greys, anything that would make a great smokey eye.
2. Greens - Olive, mint, apple, lime, I have a shocking amount of green-based eyeshadows. This row has inspires me to sport a green eye look far more frequently!
3. Purples - Another very dominant colour group which I love and use regularly.
4. Neutrals - Crease and liner shades. These are my dark taupes and browns.
5. Neutrals - Midtone shades. These shades are used to blend out the darker shades, and are either gold, pink, copper or bronze shades.
6. Neutrals - Highlights.
I notice I totally lack blue eyshadows, but it's really not a look I favour right now.
This was far easier to sort than the eyshadows. The dividers were bought at Daiso, for RM5 - they are sturdy, and easy to customise to the drawer. But they have set widths, and as you can see are rather wide for the mineral pots. But any narrower and they are too narrow.
And what of the vacated drawers?
They are put to good use housing my non mineral blushes (of which I have suprisingly few!), gel liners and shadows (so far only from Coastal Scents and Benefit), and my non mineral eyeshadow palettes.
I have even more organisational ideas I'm roadtesting right now. But some have collapsed (literally), and some I think can be improved. When I'm sure they work for me I'll post them up. ^_^