Make Up Routine and Organisation, January 2013


It’s been nearly one year since my first make up routine/ organisation post, and although it might seem as though I haven’t changed that much, my approach has become a lot more refined: I have scaled down my product collection even further, developed a fuss-free routine, optimised my storage method and now only own products that I use at least every two weeks. My everyday look is still super simple, but I also made sure that I have enough colours and finishes in my collection to switch up my look if I feel like it.

I loved the acrylic organiser MUJI that I used to store my make up, but overtime, as I have gotten rid of more and more items, it took up more space than necessary. I also wasn’t 100% happy with its inner segmentation and wanted an easier way to separate my everyday items and my special occasion stuff. My new storage solution consists of two MUJI PP baskets; each is about 25 cm long, 8 cm wide and 5 cm high. The great thing about them is that they stack on top of each other, so I can keep my less-used products out of sight in the bottom compartment and store all essentials in the top one. If I ever feel like it, I could even add a third basket to the bottom for things like hair pins, tweezers, nail files, etc. I’m definitely a fan of MUJI’s selection of containers, they are all so simple, clean-cut and, most importantly, standardised, so you can stack them together and create an individualised storage system that perfectly fits your needs.


Everyday Routine

Unless I am doing nothing and just lounging at home, I use six of the seven products that are in the top compartment every day. If my time estimates are correct, my everyday routine takes me exactly 3 minutes and 10 seconds :)

  1. Base – 1 min. The first step is always my beloved Bobbi Brown Hydrating Tinted Moisturizer in extra light. It’s rich enough for me to wear it without another moisturiser underneath and it provides a sheer, natural coverage that evens out the skin just a little bit, without making you look like you’re wearing make up. Since I have relatively dry skin, I rarely apply powder on top.
  2. Eyebrows – 30 sec. I use a simple eyebrow pencil by 17 (a British drugstore brand) to fill in my eyebrows and a clear mascara by Barry M to seal it.
  3. Eyes – 1 min. I then darken my top and bottom lash line with a brown felt-tip liner by Art Deco, curl my lashes and apply my all-time favourite mascara: Clinique’s Lash Power. It’s a tubing mascara which means it is super smudge-proof and stays put until you remove it with warm water. It is the only mascara I will wear if I don’t want to check up on my make up every hour.
  4. Cheeks – 20 sec. For my cheeks I use Benefit’s Sugarbomb, a soft peachy pink with a bit of shimmer. It’s the same one as in my old make up routine post from the beginning of last year – pretty good value for money I say.
  5. Lips – 20 sec. Currently, I am alternating between two lip products: A clear gloss by Model’s Own (which comes in a super sleek, clear packaging) and a Revlon Lip Butter in berry smoothie (a good my-lips-but-better colour for me).


Special Occasion Add-ons

Whenever I feel like it, am meeting friends, going out or have a special event to go to, I amp up my everyday routine with the products in the bottom compartment. I might use one or several, depending on my outfit and mood. These are the products I choose from:

  • For parties and nighttime events I usually wear my Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation in sand instead of my tinted moisturiser because it dries to a matte finish, offers a lot more coverage and looks good on pictures.
  • I also sometimes apply a bit of Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation in warm ivory on areas where I need extra coverage (underneath my eyes usually). The stick foundation is super compact, so I often pop it in my evening bag for touch ups on the go.
  • One of my favourite ways to add a bit more oomph to my look is to apply some of MAC’s Fluidline in dipdown on the top and bottom lash line.
  • My Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in zero comes in handy for any evening eye looks. I only apply it sparingly though, because my eyes are quite light and the black is really intense.
  • For a shimmery wash on the lids I love my Eye Tint in romance by Becca. It’s a sheer rosy taupe that lasts all day and doesn’t crease.
  • I’ve also recently gotten into bronzy eye looks which I create with Kryolan’s sparkling eye dust in SP555. I usually apply it all over the lower lid and add some fluidline along the lash line for definition.
  • The easiest and most classic way to create an evening look will always be a bright lip. I love my Revlon Lip Butter in tutti frutti (a glossy orange-y red) and Helena Rubinstein’s wanted lipstick (a matte peach) for this purpose. I’m also planning to get a true, satin red colour in the near future to wear with dewy skin and bare eyes.


This is my make up routine. It took quite a lot of trial-and-error to pare it down to this size, but I finally feel like it fits my look and lifestyle almost perfectly.

How big is your make up collection and how do you store it? What are your everyday essentials?


Related articles:
A Minimalist Approach to Beauty
A Minimalist Approach to Personal Style
Bare Bones Skin Care
DIY: Honey Cocoa Lipbalm and Cheek Stain
My Make Up Routine and Organisation


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  2. So what are your must-haves from MUJI? Gathering from your pictures, they are so simple looking and very nice, especially for storage. I have been thinking of getting them myself but not sure what just yet. Also do you buy them directly from their site or somewhere else (where)?

    • I have A LOT of MUJI stuff, but I would say my must-haves are their stackable PP boxes, travel utensils and oak furniture. I buy them at one of the MUJI stores here in London, but they also have an online shop for the US, Asia and Europe.

  3. I just can’t stop myself from buying more makeup …. I don’t apply much..’ but I love buying it :D My dad is planning for another closet just for my makeup and shoes :D

  4. I definitely need to organize my makeup and refine my beauty regimen… thanks for the great tips and for letting me (and the rest of your readers) know what makeup you use. The colors are nice, and I may have to check into some of these brands. Thanks again!

  5. Talk about timing! I just did a post about my makeup storage last night… I have a lot of makeup mainly due to going on holidays to the US last year and taking advantage of the crazy cheap prices. As a result this year I have put myself on a self imposed cosmetics shopping ban. I like the no makeup makeup look, so my essentials are all very neutral but like you I enjoy a statement lip when I go out.

  6. i love how simple and pared down your daily go-tos are, even down to their containers. i’ve wittled down to just mascara, blush, tweezers, and chapstick, with eye liner for special occasions, which makes getting ready a cinch and even makes me feel more comfortable going sans certain or all components when i realize how minimal it really is. simplicity is something i’ve found really makes you feel more comfortable, value what you have more, and just makes your day-to-day decisions and routines so much easier. thanks for sharing!

  7. My makeup collection has grown so much in the past few months. It felt like I had an eyeliner and mascara one day and then an abundance of everything the next. I store my make up in different containers. THe ones I barely use and only have because it was a gift or I was young and miscalculated shades, etc. i store in a drawer. My favorites I store in a zebra print mini make-up train, which inside i seperated each little shelf by eyes, cheeks, etc. My brushes and sprays I put in a little cup holder. But still when I travel its a hassle!

    Every Month i get a small make up “glambag” so my collection gets bigger and bigger. :(
    P.S I love the M.A.C Fluidliner too!

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