We've had to cleear out a few pieces of furniture in the past couple of years, including my vintage dressing table. It was incredibly practical, with those six drawers to store smalls, hair products, and so on. I liked being able to have some of the nicer looking things out on display, and it felt very luxurious to have a tiny vintage vase with a single stem, too. It wasn't perfect, though. There was a space in the centre for a glass shelf, which it still had, but I couldn't put it in place in case Babycat leapt on it – she would – and smashed through it. It also had a wooden shelf below, which was part of the base, and while it was good for more storage, it meant that I couldn't sit with my legs under the glass shelf, and had to twist and sit side saddle instead. Not ideal for putting on makeup and putting in pin curls, or doing any of those things that take more than a couple of minutes to do. The mirror had to be propped into place, and was rectangle – I love the round ones. I did love its deco styling, the dark wood with the details in the feet and the overall idea of it. It just took up too much room, and the dark wood, which I love, was just too heavy for our late 1960s built home with its nods to mid century ideas, regular height ceilings and small rooms. It had to go. One day, when we move into a period house with rooms that little bit bigger and ceilings a little higher (with ceiling roses, please!), I will again have a dressing table, with a perfect round mirror with scalloped edges, an all-wood table top I can tuck my knees under, and of course the glorious practicality of all that storage, too. Bring on the day!
In the meantime, I've commandeered the green-y blue Ikea metal trolley from its job in the kitchen of storing vegetables and spice bottles, and wheeled it into the back bedroom to house all my makeup things. I keep all of it in separate bowls, cups and bags, to have some kind of sense of order to them. Brushes in a dark green patterned cup from an op shop (one of a set of four that became three within minutes of me getting them home, damn), lipsticks and pencils together in a blue and white tin, blushers in a little bag, and hairbrushes in an, erm, plant pot. Basically it was whatever was to hand, as it all felt very temporary at the time and kind of still does, even though I don't think we'll be moving house any time soon.
It might not be my all time ideal, but it works. I like having my brushes stored like that, so that when they have their weekly bath I can just pat dry their plastic bodies and pop them back in the cup and leave them basking, fluffy heads up, in the sunshine, to dry properly. I don't have to search for a blusher that might be buried under a pile of eye shadows that then gets knocked over and spills all over the floor. Dainty and pretty and nestled among scented candles and roses and photographs is just going to have to wait. Sigh.
I would love to know how you store your makeup. I always like seeing people's collections and their ways of keeping it all together. Do you have a dressing table or vanity unit, or use drawers, or is it all just wherever it ends up after you've used it? Let's have a nose!