the best makeup storage

Los Angeles has been home for nearly two years now, and with the shake up of my office space (more on that soon) I decided it was time to find a new way to store my makeup collection. I will always love my antique steel drawers I had back in London but they were just too heavy and big to bring out here, plus we made a conscious decision to leave most of our belongings back home until we knew how we felt about this move.

Nearly two years on and I’ve spent numerous hours on eBay, Craigs List and second hand apps, and nothing has caught my eye (at least that was in my budget). After growing tired of plastic tubs and lids that break easily I decided to purchase these industrial storage dresser from Urban Outfitters. Yes I know everyone has them, but I do like them, and if I’m really honest I haven’t given up on finding a great antique one at some point but for now they do the job and go really well with my newly decorated office.

the best makeup storage

the best makeup storage

With the addition of a lot of spare beauty bits being stored in the cupboards of our hall way, I just wanted something to house the pieces I like to rotate in and out of my kit depending on what job I’m doing. A lot of people in the reviews online for these drawers complained about the fact the drawers aren’t on runners and can fall out if you pull them out too far but I actually see this as a positive because it means I can take the drawers out and place them on the floor while I sort my kit.

The frame is steel but the drawers and the top of the dresser are wood, so its pretty sturdy but I think it would be better if the drawers were metal. The dresser comes with fifteen drawers in total and I find them a great size for makeup. I can easily stand my palettes up inside so I can look through them like a filing cabinet. I like that the top is flat as it makes for a nice decorating space and more storage for things like pencils and lipsticks. The gold mirror was actually a silver mirror originally from Muji which I wanted gold so I decided to spray paint it and am really happy with how it turned out.

the best makeup storage

the best makeup storage

the best makeup storage

The other thing I knew I wanted directly above the dresser was a place for inspiration boards (more on how I make mine here). While I appreciate we are all of a digital age, I still am a great believer in paper and printing photos, plus I like collecting things that inspire me so I picked up these gold wall grids from Target and placed them directly above, which really helps me plan my ideas when I have a creative shoot coming up.

My pen pots were actually from Home Sense, the gold one is meant to be a stationary holder but it makes a great holder for my favourite eyeliner and lip liner pencils. The little green stone jar was also a clearance find that used to hold a candle in but the candle had fallen out, making it a really beautiful pencil holder. So far the dresser is working out really well, and I especially love the fact you can add your own labels which you guys know i’m a sucker for anyway. I’d love to know how you store your makeup collection?

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