Before I start talking all about makeup and beauty I wanted to talk about how to set up your designated makeup area. You certainly don’t need all of these things to create a beautiful makeup look but the elements I am going to discuss make the process a lot more quick and easy.
I really enjoy having a place to sit while I do my hair and makeup. On an average day it takes me over an hour to get ready for work. Not only would my feet and legs get very tired standing up this entire time but there are also certain makeup looks that actually benefit from sitting and resting your elbow on a solid surface like brows, lip liner, and liquid eyeliner. It’s also important for the surface you are using to be heat proof since you will be resting hot tools on it. I didn’t always have this beautiful table; I used to sit on a bench in a tiny coat closet so I could do my makeup.
Lighting and mirrors are also paramount when doing makeup. One of the reasons I hate doing my makeup while traveling is that I can never get the right combination or mirrors and lighting when I’m away from home. Not only do you need light shining down from above but you also need at least one light pointing directly at your face, I use a small table lamp from Target. Only having light from above will cast shadows on your face making some looks, particularly eye makeup looks, more difficult.
You also need to have a freestanding mirror that you can keep close to you. I use one with an LED light from Costco, which I absolutely love (I sometimes take this with me when I travel). I do my makeup looking in this mirror and then I have a mirror mounted to the wall further from my face that I use to periodically check my look. This allows you to check symmetry and how your face will look to other people.
For the actual organization of my makeup I have found bamboo drawer organizers very helpful (they are actually meant for the kitchen). The one pictured is in a drawer that pulls out from the bottom on my makeup table and this is where I keep my commonly used products. I have them divided into sections based on what types of products they are (eyes,blush, highlight, ect) This allows me easy access to them without having to stand up.
I also love to use clear, acrylic makeup organizers that I have purchased on Amazon for organizing products that I commonly rotate, like my lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes. This allows me to easily see what I have when I am planing out my look for the day. These are about $25 on Amazon and come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.
It’s also very helpful to have a very spacious shower in your bathroom. This makes exfoliation, shaving, and apply hair masks much easier. In my bathroom I did without having a bathtub in the interest of having more shower space.
I am very fortunate to have multiple shower heads which is nice because it allows your to make one of them cold (certain hair products require a cold rinse) or turn one of them off to create more standing room when exfoliating your body.
I also included a seat in my shower which doubles as a place to put my shampoos and soaps and works as a handy place to sit while I shave or to exfoliate my feet.