This is a bit embarrassing to admit, but until a couple of months ago I was storing my makeup the same way I had since HIGH SCHOOL. You guys, I just went to my 15th high school reunion.
I kept all my makeup in an aluminum train case similar to this one, and usually stashed it on a shelf or under a sink. Between moving in and out of dorm rooms every year through high school and college, this system worked. Everything stayed together, it was a reasonable size that discouraged excessive purchasing, and it kept things from rattling around and breaking too much. If you’re in a mobile phase of life, I do recommend a train case for your beauty products!
However, I have now been living in my very own home for five years, the train case was falling apart, and it was becoming just plain inconvenient to have to dive under my sink for makeup. I was on the hunt for a new makeup storage method.
A lot of bloggers love the Muji (and copycat) clear acrylic makeup storage containers. These are great for visual people, since you can see everything at a glance. They’re also infinitely customizable for your particular collection, which means you can create a solution that fits all your products but doesn’t waste space. However, I don’t personally love the look of acrylic, and having all my makeup out in the open feels too cluttered for my aesthetic.
Fortunately, I stumbled across this makeup storage unit from Pottery Barn (I have the small size). The mirrored outside helps the entire piece blend into its surroundings, but since it’s open on the top I can still see most of my products at a glance. I also love that it’s the perfect size to have a complete makeup collection with a good variety of options without overbuying.
The only part I don’t like is that there isn’t a small enough compartment to keep my makeup brushes clustered together and standing up straight. I’m on the hunt for a small cylindrical container that will fit inside on of the upper compartments to wrangle my brushes.