If you are a glamour girl of the makeup-wearing kind, invest in a central command center for your wares. Forget fishing dusty eye shadow brushes from the bottom of makeup bags or grasping at tubes of lipsticks huddled at the rear of a bathroom drawer.
When you go to adorn your face, all of your cosmetic choices should be visible to you and then easily stored in a place where they remain clean and organized by category, lip liners separated from eye liners, mascara set apart from lip sticks and so on. It will make your makeup duty much more fun, creative and fast.
For this I recommend not a makeup artist’s box or teen-type “caboodle” but a fisherman’s tackle box.
A tackle box is ions more sturdy and serious than the toddler-ish looking makeup kits from the drugstore. They are also more practical than the serpentine seven-tray systems created for professional makeup artists. Bonus: A tackle box is also radically less in price. For instance, a Plano 6101 1-tray tackle box (pictured) offers more than enough makeup space to the average glamourpuss, and costs around $11 the last time I checked on Amazon. (You can also go wild and get the 2-tray box for around $14.)
I have owned the same Plano 1-tray tackle box since I became serious about makeup and decided to steal my sister’s tackle box, who at the time used it to store art supplies. I have never thought to replace it as it fits my makeup storage needs so thoroughly, and despite having been lugged cross-country more than once and used daily for many years, my tackle-box-as-makeup-central-command-center remains stubbornly in top shape. The durable plastic is lightweight, non-staining and easy to clean–simply empty the contents, soap it up with dish soap in the kitchen sink, scrub and rinse.