Acrylic drawers, pots and stands are fast becoming the most popular way to store makeup. I've slowly been building up my acrylic storage, sourcing the best for budget and quality. I think I'm finally settled with how everything is, so I thought I'd share my system! Doing this has also helped me to slim down my makeup collection and throw away some old or expired products. I've included links to where everything is from (and nothing is Muji - I've found more affordable alternatives!)
four drawers with display unit top
(bought on eBay here) £19.40
In this set of drawers I store everything I'll want to grab for on a daily basis. I have foundations on top and I'm currently only hovering between 2 or 3. A Real Techniques beauty sponge sits with them. I also have a few skincare products on top, my eyelash curler, tweezers, brow brush and a brow setting gel.
In the first tier, these two drawers hold setting powder and concealer. The next drawer down has blushers I use regularly, a couples of highlighters and a bronzing powder. And lastly in the bottom drawer I store my MAC lipsticks and a few others that I reach for regularly. Beside this set of drawers I keep my makeup brushes in a glass pot from IKEA.
acrylic two step display stand
(bought on Amazon here) £5.89
I wanted a new way to display my perfume bottles. I know technically you're supposed to keep perfume in a dark place as light can ruin the fragrance but when the bottles are this pretty and I want my perfumes to be close at hand, there's no way I can consider putting them in a drawer! These are my most worn, I have a few other fragrances stored away and will put on rotation depending on my mood and the time of year. I think the acrylic steps are perfect for keeping things classy. You can even place bottles in front of the steps (which is what I do) for a three-tier effect.
(bought from Amazon here) £10.99
Here's a simple one - three containers, that stack and pull apart to hold my cotton things! Each container is big enough to store lots inside so I shouldn't need to top this up too regularly, but it's nice to get rid of ugly packaging and keep things to a theme!
All The Rest
four drawer set
(bought on eBay here) £12.99
These drawers are a little bit deeper, so ideal for storing lots of makeup. Mascaras and eyeliners in the top drawer, loads of lip products are in the second drawer, individual eye shadows, eye crayons and primers are in the third drawer and in the bottom drawer I keep other face products such as cream blushers I don't use as often, highlighters and powders. This is a nice set of sturdy drawers which I'm really pleased with. I did have to cut my collection down a little bit but I managed it, and now this set of 4 drawers along with the first 'everyday face' set (as mentioned before) hold all of my makeup!
Eye Palette Storage
acrylic letter holder
(bought on Amazon here) £6.03
This worked perfectly! A simple letter holder which you can find in stationary shops or online works to hold a my eye palettes. I'm lucky I only have a few to store, but if my collection grows I'll just buy another letter holder and store them back to back. You could also stand two palettes next to each other on end and fit up to 6 palettes in this way. I like that there are little rubber feet on the bottom to stop the holder from sliding around when you pull out a palette.
...and anything else I have lying around that doesn't really fit - I pop into a jam jar, a glass candle pot or in this case, I store lip balms in a plastic Halloween cup shaped like a skull!