makeup vanity


Come and see the makeup table in my master bedroom. Now that Miss Loopy is wearing makeup on a regular basis we are sharing space, brushes and supplies. We like getting ready together in the morning and I like helping her with her makeup... she needs a little less assistance every day.


I don't think I could put makeup on without my handy magnifying mirror. This one is just from Target, one side is a standard mirror and the other is 10x. Oh, it can be scary and disturbing to see yourself at 10x first thing in the morning, but my mascara is never clumpy.


Until such time as I start a collection of good quality brushes for her, we rely on this antibacterial spray in the form of a daily brush cleaner. I'm a sucker for a good set of makeup brushes... because a good artist needs good brushes, you can't paint a masterpiece with bad brushes! If you've never made the investment into professional quality makeup brushes, do so. Putting makeup on is not only smoother and quicker, the finish is much more flawless than if you use the little applicators that come in the makeup packaging. You just need to get used to it.

There's a brush for every part of your face and it can be a little daunting. If you are just starting out, may I suggest just an angled shadow brush for your eyes and a nice angled, hard-bristled brush for applying shadow to your brows. It's especially luxurious to splurge on a large fluffy powder blush, too
. I try to avoid the sun on my face and use sunscreen daily so you will see a little selection of bronzers in different shades in the next drawer. Must. Save. The. Skin.



In the two drawers where we sit are the supplies we use most often. First, the face/foundation/makeup stuff. The foundation and coverup supplies are within easy reach. I use a tinted moisturizer that I apply with a little angled makeup sponge, stored in the jars above. I wash my little sponge under soapy water every day when I wash my face and replace it once a week. Because she's starting to break out a bit, I've got Loopy using Bare Minerals and she applies that with a special brush. I keep a little kabuki brush in the drawer there for extra coverage. She is so especially fair skinned that the only concealer I can find for her is by Fresh and I order it online or Veto snags it for us when he's traveling.

Tucked away on the right side of the drawer are some little bottles of must-haves: She-Laq by Benefit is something I dot across Loopy's eyelid when she's done with her eyes so that the little bit of makeup she has on doesn't run in case she sweats or (Goddess forbid) cries during the day. Also tucked here are little bottles of Benetint, Posie-tint (a more suitable blush choice for teens) and my High-Beam, Moon-Beam and my last bottle of the now-discontinued Hollywood-Glo.

You can see I'm also a huge fan of Kevyn Aucoin product. For me, the foundation and concealers are amazing when I need extra coverage and my tinted moisturizer won't cut it. I got hooked on his line when I visited Barney's New York in 2004. I was always a fan of his books and was saddened when he passed away from a pituitary tumour in 2002. Regular readers of this blog may remember that I also have a pituitary tumour, but so did the consultant who helped me at his counter at Barney's and we have remained in touch.


On the other side of the main table: lipsticks and pots of gloss, eye pencils (mostly Loopy's in crazy teen-friendly colours) and my standby Bobbi Brown gel eyliner pots. I appreciate Bobbi Brown's approach to makeup and beauty... it should be easy, quick and natural-looking, even if you have a penchant for collecting product.

Also in this drawer: lipglosses, colour palettes (great for travel) and mascaras, tucked away with a Shu Uemura eyelash curler. Even if you don't wear much eye makeup, curling your lashes and applying a quick coat of mascara really helps. I try to do this even if I'm not feeling well and not planning on wearing makeup if I'm just hanging around the house. The one item Loopy and I don't share is mascara, and I am the girl who replaces mascara every six weeks, like clockwork. Also, I always have to touch up my eyebrows as I wasn't really blessed in that department and have felt woefully inadequate in that department ever since Brooke Sheilds launched herself to fame in the 80's. I rely on Benefit Brow-Zing or Anastasia every single day, no. matter. what.


I finally hung my little Sid Dickens tile collection above the side table.


Can't live without: a nice candle in the bedroom (this one by White Barn Candle Company), Kitten sparkling shimmer puff by Benefit, a nice body cream (this one is Juicy Couture).


I like my pretty collection of giant gems that The Fan has collected for me over the years. I have some pink ones too but they are in the craft room.


The top drawer of the side bureau is for less frequently used items: Loopy's collection of glittery shadows and liners (fun, fun and fun!), the crazy eyeshadow colors to play with, lip treatments and plumpers, the stash of Clinque gift-with-purchase items, tweezers, nail files and the like, floss, pencil sharpeners, Biore nose strips (can't live without), loose powder and glitters and a really sharp little pair of scissors on hand to cut packages open when we splurge on something new. New product samples make their way into the upper left-hand section... always, always ask for samples. Always.


The drawer below is really neat. You can see that I really make use of drawer dividers and luckily I found so many that fit perfectly into the tables that I use as a vanity. In here I stash clips to hold our hair back, hair scrunchies (we both sleep with them at night), individual alcohol swabs (invaluable for a quick disinfect of tweezers or other tools and a necessity for my medication injections), a supply of leg razors... oh, I need to replenish! - ready to grab when we need a fresh one in the shower, sorted assorted hair pins (large styling pins, regular bobby-pins and finishing pins... I grab these en masse at the dollar store) and Loopy's fabulous collection of earrings in a plastic organizer:


Check it out! Pretty well organized. I have a little tupperware on her bedside table and if she takes her earrings out before bed, she tosses them in there and by the weekend we are ready to sort them back into this tray in their right spot. Almost all of these earrings came from the Claire's 10 items for 10 dollars rack, with the exception of Sassy's coveted cupcake earrings and Pam's adorable Hello Kitty creations, both are current favourites. Myself, I wear the same pearl studs every single day, whether I am in a tee shirt or I am in dress wear. That's just how I roll, for the past twenty five years or so.


If you remove the earring tray, you will see that the trays are stacked two-deep in this drawer. The second layer of trays contain: headbands, ponytail holders and fancy hair clips, etc. The Smurfette collection found its way into this drawer, for now.


The bottom drawer is the drawer of shame. Our collection of styling brushes courtesy of Aunty Andrew, various detangling sprays, packages of curlers and my travel kits, tucked inside each other and ready to be packed on a moment's notice (I wish).


Finally, under the console table, The Inmate found us this smashing organizing box that matches the room decor perfectly and stashes the hair dryer, straightener and silicone resting pad for our curling irons... things readily at hand for hair styling. Just by luck, the power outlet is right behind it and I keep things plugged in and ready to click on when we need it; I just pull it out.

Okay, I admit it. I have a problem. I lurrve makeup. I love trying and testing new products. I love keeping it clean and organized. It's my OCD, and I like it that way.

47 comments:

3continentfamily said...

That was so cool! I don't wear anything more than lipgloss but I loved reading this! And it's so neat that you and Saucy are so close. How wonderful.

MJ said...

I'll have to send K and N to Saucy for make-up training. I am pretty hopeless in that department. I've had my makeup done a few times at local Spas but I've never been completely impressed by the makeup lines. I was too busy sightseeing when I used to travel ~ I've never thought of checking out the makeup lines there either!

koehmstedt said...

Thanks for the show-and-tell! I love, love, love everything and want to move in ASAP. And seriously, those tiles are amazing! Where did they come from?

Natalie said...

What a pleasure it would be to primp in this beautiful, and organized, space! I'm sure spending time with your daughter is by far the best part :)

-Nat

KAGS Herself said...

You know, I miss all the make-up counters of London that I used to walk by en-route to work (I often arrived late!). Just the other day I spotted a little bit of home - The Sanctury line of bath products....at Superstore!
Thank you for taking us thrugh your drawers!

Junie Moon said...

My goodness, Miss Saucy, but you have a regular plethora of tools. Everything is so well organized; I'm quite impressed.

I have a good set of makeup brushes, even a Chanel set of travel brushes...but I've no clue as to how to use them. Your post helped a bit on this. Maybe a tutorial on each brush and its usage (with pictures)? I, for one, would appreciate it as I'm an old-fart who never learned these things, having strongly resisted my mother's endeavors to teach me. I do have Bobbi Brown's travel containers but nothing is in them yet as I'm not sure what to do. I suspect I have all the tools needed for "beautifying" myself but not the skills. Maybe I ought to make an appointment with someone and learn.

Anyway, I quite enjoyed your post.

Linda Crispell said...

...and you have my favorite Ghost chair!!!
You are both so glam.

Maija said...

I LOVED snooping through your drawers!!! I have a wonderful collection of Sid Dickens tiles, also- I always knew you had great taste!

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Jen Anderson said...

What an amazing setup! You're making me jealous in the nicest possible way.

One thing: you can save on electricity by keeping the hair dryer, etc. plugged into a power strip and turning the power strip off when you're not using it. (It would also be more elegant than my current solution: post-it on the inside of the front door reminding me ot unplug the hair dryer.)

Sugar Bear said...

Wow! I'm so super impressed with your organization. You mentioned many of my favs - LOVE the Benefit line and have almost all of the products you mentioned. Fresh is also such a wonderful brand - love their Sugar lip gloss, body lotions, and their perfume is my fav - Sugar Lemon! I spray it all over the house like its air freshner - esp. in the summer with the windows open. I also see the Benefit cosmetic bag - I have one of those too - in fact it is where all my make-up is stored - I wish I had room for a vanity as lovely as yours!
Karla

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

You are so organized. I WANT THAT MAKEUP TABLE.....I have been looking for a little side table in the same design, but NOW I want ALL OF IT!

Tiffany said...

I loved the meander. Since Loopy is such a Hello Kitty fan...(and really what girl of any age isn't?) you should check out the Hello Kitty MAC line that came out last week. It is delicious!

tidymom said...

OK, this was SO fun!!! Just like going thru your best friends makeup drawer!! LOL

I LOVE seeing what others use!! Now I have LOTS of ideas of what to try!!

~TidyMom

Bethany said...

I also love makeup and have so much it's embarrassing. I don't keep mine in such an organized way though. I keep all of mine in a large plastic bin with lid that i slide under my bed when visitors come :) the sad thing is i don't wear that much makeup on a day to day basis even when i worked, i just wore foundation, lip liner, lipstick. Love to play with it though and put it on others !

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

I thought I liked make-up, until I met you.

Love all these ideas!

(I didn't realize Aucoin had passed away...I'm sorta shocked to hear it, years later. How'd I miss that?)

Saucy said...

Jen, thank you for the tip about the power strip, that would be super easy, I have one around here... I heard that even when not in use, items that are left plugged in still drain electricity - I'm trying to do better about that!

Tiffany: we're off to the MAC counter at The Bay ASAP as soon as our ear infections are gone, thanks for the hot product tip. I drooled over the Dame Edna stuff they had a while back - I am diggin' these tie-ins!

Laura said...

You're makeup is so organized! Love that you all share this together.

Jen B said...

Such a cool thing to share--even if it was a bit scary for the make-up phobes among us : )
Great organization, looks like lots of fun. Really enjoyed looking through your stash!

Marianne@Songbirdisnesting said...

Wow that is some collection! You girls could open up shop.
I got myself some quality brushes this year at Sephora´s (go figure I flew all the way over the ocean to be able to go to Sephora's and when I come back they open a mini one in my home town LOL). I have never been so faithful at applying my makeup as since I have those tools. It clearly shows a girl needs good tools.

Janeen said...

Can I just move in? ha ha I love it! That is a FUN post today, I just love cosmetics too!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh wow. I am ashamed to ever show anyone my drawer--but yours? That is a studio, a work of art. dang.

Christine said...

That has to be the most organized makeup that I have ever seen. I don't wear much so mine fits into a small makeup bag. I do want to find something for my eyebrows. It seems with age, my eyebrows are disappearing. I need lessons. I don't want them to look painted on.

Starshine said...

Wow. Will you come to our new house and help me organize? :)

Tammy said...

Love your makeup vanity and all things girly in the drawers. So organized. I love my magnifying mirror for mascara application, too. Lifesaver. Also, I love Bobbi Brown products. It's so nice you and Loopy are so close. I love it. I would love to have a girl to share my girly stuff with.

Tamara Jansen said...

Can we become sisters and you teach me to do my makeup......and organize my cupboard????!!!! Please???!!! Pretty Please????!!!

I feel so inspired by your BEAUTIFUL organization that I'm getting directly off this computer and going straight to my closet to put it back in to order!

Thanks for the inspiration :)

Angela said...

I really wish I still had time to put on makeup and do my hair, or even felt like it. There are days that I am just thankful to get a shower! And if I did I would luuurve me a makeup room like yours~

How ya been feelin'? Just had 13 viles of blood drawn, Monday. Will let you know if anything comes of it or it I am just going to explode instead!
Angela

Angela said...

Okay, just had another thought as I looked at a closeup picture of your your dressing table... it might be fun to have some black and white journalistic photos of old beautiful Hollywood Starlets over your table next to the dresser (like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, or someone that you really liked and relate to). That is what I think of when I look at it, glamorous 1940's Hollywood; and I know you are not too shy about having pictures like that in your home. Just a thought...

Angela

Melissa said...

Each post you amaze me with all your skills!!

If I didn't live on the east coast and had a fear of flying, I would come to your house so you could do my hair and makeup!!! if you let me!!

Oliver Rain said...

Is it bad that I hate you just a teensy bit right now. I'm kidding my lovely friend. I'm just crazy jealous. What fun the two of you must have every morning.

The Girl Next Door said...

Holy Concealer Batman. I never knew such a nirvana could exist. I am so jealous wishing I had 1) the space 2) the talent 3) the time to share such an awesome idea with my daughter. Who would totally love love love that space. She better not find your blog or you'll have a child on your doorstep begging to come in...

The Mrs. said...

I swear you blow my mind. That vanity is fabulous, love that everything is mirrored because it looks so nice and clean! I am make up challenged and could sure learn from you Mrs!!!

Missy said...

Can I come do my makeup at your house? So organized and beautiful! I love that you do yours with your daughter everyday. I'm sure it's another great time to talk and have fun!

SandraD said...

Thanks Saucy for sharing this little corner of your daily routine. You and Loopy must have so much fun each morning - what a great way to start the day! As a professional organizer, I am very impressed with how you have sorted and organized your make-up and tools.

Rosa said...

You make me want to be a better person. :-) You should see my drawers!

Fleur de Bee said...

We must be soul sisters!! I LOOVE it too and I am as mental when it comes to being organized and trading out products and keeping things clean. I have a most amazing sponge a makeup artist used on me and it comes with this amazing lavendar cleaner you can get. It makes your face look airbrushed and perfect and it is very easy to control the coverage! I am not a huge fan of the caked on look but a little dab here and there and powder are my routine and then the eyes...must play up those puppies in my world! I also am addicted to Lipstick. I even have a personal blog called The Lipstick Addict LOL! Anywho...this is almost as long as your blog so ta ta for now. Will get you the name of the sponge and cleaner...I clean mine daily (does that make me more mental than you...I think so!)

xx

Cha Cha said...

I am so inspired! I need to organize my girly things - yours look so inviting. Can I come over for a makeover? :)

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Free2BeMe350z said...

I LOVE your Sid Dickens display! I too have a love for these beautiful pieces of art work. I am a newbie to Sid Dickens and collecting them. I only discovered them in the summer of 2006 and received my first one for Christmas that year. I even won a free tile last month and this month at www.sidcollectors.com If you are not already a member of this site you should join and try your luck at winning a tile.
Also if you have time check out the blog I have created that is dedicated to my addiction… http://siddickensaddiction.blogspot.com

Jenna Marquez said...

Thank you for giving us a tour of your makeup vanity.

I find that a great set of brushes makes a world of difference in makeup application.

I use this set: http://www.salonhive.com/23-pc-black-handle-makeup-brush-set-w-pouch-ts-202.html

They are so soft and there is literally a brush for everything. I also like how the pouch keeps everything clean and organized.

raztaztwo said...

Where did you get your makeup vanity table? I have been looking for one, and the one you have is awesome!

Stef said...

Saucy,
Thanks for all of the smiles!!!!!!
Could you share your source for the mirror/magnifier? Love it!
Stef

michelleb. said...

I agree with you about having a good set of brushes. Seeing your vanity makes me think I may not be putting enough time into my make=up regimen. hmmm.

mblaise29@yahoo.com

mblaise3 said...

I don't where much make-up but i love looking at your collection!!! you keep everything so neat and your making me think that i should go orginize my small amount of items that i own. :)

mblaise3 said...

oops! i forgot my email adress in my comment.. mblaise3@yahoo.com

Christine said...

WOW!! That is alot of stuff. I definitely have my one thing of mascara that I would die without but other than that I wouldn't have enough to fill any of those boxes lol. AND not to mention its all so organized. I do think I need to start taking more testers though because I always wind up buying stuff that I hate or doesn't work well.

Christine Bruce
crispy_crunch05@hotmail.com

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