ORGANIZATION STATION: BATHROOM + VANITY

NAIL POLISH ORGANIZER THE BEAUTY DEPARTMENT

When you look at your bathroom or vanity counters (or your desk for that matter) and see everything perfectly organized, don’t you feel more productive and more inspired than usual? Even if it only lasts a week or two or three! Every year, I take a quick pause during the last weeks of December to organize, take inventory and give things away from my personal stash to friends I know who would want them. It’s a nice feeling on many levels and gets me just a little more pumped about starting the new year. The last week of the year is when I like to bust out these holiday gift cards and take a trip to organization nation. Target, Amazon, Bed Bath + Beyond, and the Container Store are my personal faves for finding good organization tools– particularly for beauty! Below are 44 very helpful get your stuff together in 2015! Click the names for the links! (I couldn’t find a link to the one above but it’s from Target and it was about $14.)

countertop bathroom storage the beauty department

 

I love countertop pieces because you can load them up and move them. I have a vanity in my bedroom next to a big window where I like to do my makeup if I have time. But if I’m in a rush, I do it in the bathroom where I do the rest of my beauty routine. Moving it back and forth is much easier when it’s all loaded into one or two of these organizers.

  1. LIPSTICK + LIP PENCIL CUBE $13
  2. 12  SECTION LIPSTICK RISER $5
  3. 12″ CATCH-ALL ORGANIZER $12
  4. MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER $13
  5. 3-SECTION VANITY CATCH-ALL $12
  6. MAKEUP ORGANIZER WITH TISSUE HOLDER $18
  7. MAKEUP ORGANIZER + SLIDING DRAWER $9
  8. POP OF COLOR ORGANIZER $15
  9. COTTON SWAB + COTTON BALL HOLDER $9
  10. EXPANDABLE MAKEUP ORGANIZER $15
  11. 12 SECTION NAIL POLISH RISER $
  12. FLIP TOP BATHROOM ORGANIZER $45

1organizer drawers the beauty department

 

Clear sliding drawers are awesome for pretty much anything. I keep the majority of my jewelry in these because I don’t like my metals to oxidize as much and I’m a lot less likely to lose pieces. Sliding drawers are also good for lipsticks because you can easily group them by shades. I also am obsessed with the one for sunglasses!

  1. SUNGLASS DRAWERS $20
  2. 3 DRAWER ORGANIZER $15
  3. CLEAR STACKING BOXES $30
  4. BEAUTY STATION $150
  5. 3 DRAWER LINED BOX (WIDE) $20
  6. 3 DRAWER LINED BOX (NARROW) $22
  7. NARROW 4 DRAWERS $18
  8. 6 DRAWER ORGANIZER $60

POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

 

If you’re working with a small space, you need every inch you can get. Grab one or two corner units to maximize on that space. Also stackers are awesome because they’re like little tiny bleachers for your bottles. As they stack up gradually, you can see labels and colors. I love to use things that were intended for the kitchen to organize my products. Always check the kitchen section!

 

  1. CORNER ORGANIZER $10
  2. NAIL POLISH STACKER $10
  3. CORNER ORGANIZER WITH HALF MOON MIRROR $20
  4. ACRYLIC RISER $8
  5. ROUNDED CORNER RISER $13
  6. 40 BOTTLE NAIL POLISH RISER $18
  7. 3 TIERED RISER $10
  8. CLEAR CORNER SHELF $13

white makeup and beauty organizer the beauty department

 

Some peeps don’t like to see everything through clear containers, and that’s fine! Or maybe you have a white bathroom and want your beauty storage to match or give contrast. Here are lots of the same items in white!

  1. 3 DRAWER ORGANIZER $18
  2. BEAUTY CADDY + DRAWER $11
  3. SPINNING COSMETIC ORGANIZER $30
  4. HIGH RISE ORGANIZER $9
  5. VANITY ORGANIZER $12
  6. NARROW 4 DRAWER ORGANIZER $21
  7. WIDE DOUBLE DRAWER $20

drawer and cabinet organization the beauty department

 

It’s just as important to organize the things you can’t see and you’re a lot less likely to lose things if they have a specific home. Here are some of my favorites for under the counter and in the drawer! I love using a lazy susan in my lower cabinets so I can just spin it versus getting down low on your knees and knocking every single product over on your mission to find that one.

  1. COTTON SWAB HOLDER $4
  2. IN-DRAWER ORGANIZERS $5
  3. 20 SECTION DRAWER DIVIDER $5
  4. 12” X 12” DRAWER DIVIDER $12
  5. 5 SECTION TOTE $20
  6. BLOWDRYER HOLDER + ORGANIZER $15
  7. LAZY SUSAN $7
  8. WIRE BLOWDRYER + THERMAL TOOL HOLDER $20
  9. UNDER-CABINET BLOWDRYER + ACCESSORIES HOLDER $20

MAKE IT BRIGHTER!

 

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

A lot of us use eye shadow primers to make the shadow last longer or keep it from creasing. But did you know there’s another kind of primer out there that makes the shadow show up more? Do you remember my tutorial on white liner to make the shadow pop? This is the same premise but a much thinner and more realistic solution. Here’s how to rock it to make your shadows brighter than they would be on bare skin or lids with foundation or powder:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Squeeze a 1/2 of a pea-sized amount onto your ring finger. Gently spread it evenly across your entire lid and crease. With the leftover on your finger, you can also give it a quick sweep across the bottom lashline if you’re planning on applying the shadow there like Neelo is demonstrating above. Wait 10 seconds.
  2. NOW apply the eye shadow over the same areas with your favorite shadow brush.
  3. Sweep it across the bottom lashline too.
  4. Finish with a quick highlight to brighten the inner corners and a coat of mascara.

 

RESHAPE YOUR BROWS

 

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY: AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN: EUNICE CHUN

My brows naturally grow straight across. I love the straight brow trend on supermodels and of course always believe we should embrace what we have. But… you can cheat them a little with this technique I learned a few years ago from my brow guru Sarah Agajanian.

Here’s the trick: If you brush your brows a few times a day in direction you want them to grow, you’ll re-train the hairs to grow that way. I have to say I looked at her like she was living in a dream world but what did I have to lose? So I kept a spoolie on my vanity and every time I got out of the shower, I brushed them up and over. I did the same after washing my face. Then again before filling them in… basically any time I walked in the bathroom and looked in the mirror! It only took two seconds per brow so I didn’t mind. A couple months later I noticed I had a little more of an arch. A year later we couldn’t believe how much higher the arch looked. Maybe because the hairs now grew upward instead of over; I didn’t really care why, I just liked the way they framed my eyes differently. Then Sarah exaggerated the arch with her waxing magic and I had arched brows!

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

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PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

 

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

I know you’re probably as skeptical as I was when I first heard about this trick! But try it for a few months and let us know if you notice a difference! Once you’ve trained the hairs to grow upward, you or your esthetician will have an easier shape to work with when waxing/tweezing/threading them.

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

For those of you asking about the lavender eye shadow from the Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest posts (and the “Before A Date” shot above, it’s this one!

 

THE NATURAL CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT

the beauty department the natural contour + highlight

Post/Photos: Amy Nadine, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

We’ve seen quite a lot of contouring and highlighting the last few years… some are nailing it, some are afraid to even attempt it and others are walking around looking, well, a little like fashion victims. I hate to say it! Especially because I think makeup is a creative expression and I hate when people call someone else’s makeup “wrong”. But there’s always room for improvement and constructive criticism (blend blend blend!) and this contouring and highlighting technique just might make all the difference in the world! Because when it comes to C&H, it’s better if people didn’t know you did it and it shouldn’t be read by the naked eye.

the beauty department natural contour + highlighting trick

So try this: instead of doing it after you apply foundation (with cream or powder contouring & highlighting products), do it before with liquid or cream products!! Then apply foundation lightly over it and around it using a stippling motion with a dampened egg sponge.  It gives a much more natural look and people won’t notice that you added the dimensions back in. Here’s how:

the beauty department natural contour + highlighting tools

TOOLS:

STEPS:

the beauty department contour

  1. After moisturizing your face, apply two drops of liquid bronzer onto the palm of your hand.
  2. Swirl the foundation brush into the bronzer to load it up.
  3. Look in the mirror and suck in your cheeks. Follow the hollow by pressing the brush repeatedly as you move along just under the cheekbone.
  4. Sweep the brush along the temple.
  5. Sweep the brush along the hairline.
  6. Sweep the brush just under the jawline.

the beauty department highlight

7.  Squeeze a pea-sized amount of the liquid highlighter into the palm of your hand.

8.  Load up the kabuki concealer brush by swirling it into the highlighter.

9.  Sweep the brush along the under-eye area to draw the bottom half of an infinity sign.

10.  Continue drawing the infinity sign above the brow as demonstrated above.

the beauty department foundation

11.  Pump a few drops of foundation into the palm of your hand.

12.  Dip the egg-shaped sponge into the foundation a few times to load it up.

13.  Lightly stipple (press repeatedly) the sponge along the perimeter of the highlighted and contoured cheek areas and gently over them.

14. Repeat on the forehead.

15.  Repeat on the nose, chin and any other bare areas.

16.  Finish with a pop of cream blush on the top half of the apple of the cheeks.

Set everything with powder and you’re good to go!