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.