Since last year I have talked about having my room renovated, I wanted a walk-in closet and a makeup area that is functional and I can maintain ‘clutter free’. I have also picked up a lot of things from other beauty bloggers how they organize their vanity, and I just wanted to share with you guys tips on how to keep it all tidy and functional. The picture above is my ideal set-up.
If you already have an existing vanity, and there is just too much products that you don’t know where to put things in, the best way is to take everything out, this will help you have a ‘fresh start’ and that way you can sort it by:
- Make up that you use daily
- Make up that you need to throw away or put away. – Remember makeup expires too.
#2 RULE OF 6
Vanity table, chair, drawers, mirror, containers, and trash bin. (That’s 6)
Vanity Table – Make sure that when you buy a vanity table its something that will maximize your space as well as gives you easy accessibility to things that you need. A rule of thumb “EVERYDAY MAKEUP ITEMS ARE STORED IN YOUR VANITY TABLE DRAWER”.
Vanity Chair – Opt to choose chairs that are well cushioned and the ones with a back rest as to prevent lower back pain.
Drawers – What ever type of drawer you use, make sure that you categorize it according to their use (e.g. face drawer, eye drawer etc.) For this, I will use the ALEX CHEST DRAWER from IKEA as an example:
- 1st Drawer: Primers, bases, tinted moisturizers, lotions etc. (anything to prep my skin)
- 2nd Drawer: Foundations and Concealers
- 3rd Drawer: Blushes (creams, powders, tints etc.)
- 4th Drawer: Various powders (bronzers, highighters, MSFs)
- 5th Drawer: Various SMALL palettes
- 6th Drawer: Eyeshadow bases, mascaras, eye pencils, paint pots, shade sticks, brow products, gel liners etc.
- 7th Drawer: Various Lip products: Lipstick, Lipglosses, Lip balms etc.
- 8th Drawer: Bigger Palettes
- 9th Drawer: samples, brush belts, makeu tools, false eyelashes etc.
*Additional drawers, you can put bigger items like lotions, hair products, hair tools etc.
Containers, Dividers, Holders etc. - For this one, I mainly get acrylic dividers for my vanity so that I can be able to organize everything inside the drawers.
For the containers, I have an acrylic drawer on top of my vanity which I put all of the more expensive ones that I have (e.g. Muji or Clear Cube, but you can find dupes, they are everywhere! I RECOMMEND MISS BELLA she’s on facebook!
I also have with me an acrylic lipstick organizer and brush holder.
For the brush holder I prefer the rotating ones unfortunately I was not able to find it, but more popularly, any nice looking container and you put clear beads in them.
I TOTALLY RECOMMEND MISS BELLA, she’s on FACEBOOK!
For my perfumes, I have an old frame turned into a glass tray or you could just totally buy a glass tray (lol), it looks clean, elegant and beautiful. It this:
I couldn’t find any link where you can buy one here in the Philippines, but a DIY video on how you can make one instead!
For nail polishes, a neat way to store it is putting it up on a wall like this:
or have one that looks like this:
Unfortunately, I could not find links to where to buy these here in the Philippines, but I just posted a DIY LINK instead! So you can make one, and I know you will have so much fun!
Trash bin - I always keep two within my makeup area, one under my table an a tiny one on top of my vanity, so that when I’m sharpening my pencils or opening up new makeup I can easily grab it and throw it there.
Mirror - In the illustration above, I situated the table right in front of the window, I just wanted more natural light. If you have a big mirror, I would still recommend a smaller mirror so that you don’t have to lean forward and strain your back. I recommend the CON AIR DOUBLE SIDED LIGHTED MAKEUP MIRROR.
Just choose vanity accessories that will make your vanity visually appealing that would make you want to use that item and not waste it and just leave it sitting there, total waste.
So, I pretty much covered everything, If you have questions, please feel free to comment down below or have other organizational ideas PLEASE share!