by Elizabeth Lyon
Properly storing your makeup and brushes not only protects them from damage, but it can also make your daily routine much easier. With all of your cosmetics stored in a makeup case, you'll be able to find what you need quickly. Are you ready to get organized? Here's how to choose the makeup case that's right for you.
Decide how much storage you need: This is a good time to go through your beauty products and get rid of anything you don't use or anything that has expired. When you're done clearing things out, group like items together. If you have a eye shadows in every color, a variety of mascaras, and a different lipstick for every occasion, then you'll need a large case with multiple tiers. On the other hand, if you have one tube of your favorite mascara and a staple set of lipsticks for day-to-evening wear, then a smaller case or a fabric pouch would be ideal.
Think about where you like to put on makeup: If you put your makeup on at home, then a large makeup case would work for you. If you like to get together with your girlfriends before going out, look for a case that has a handle or even wheels. If you're more likely to put on a bit of makeup in the locker room at the gym or at stop lights in your car, look for something smaller and portable; small fabric bags with zippers provide a durable, safe way to transport select pieces of makeup.
Make sure you have storage for your makeup brushes: Take inventory of all your brushes just like you did with your makeup. A large case may have room for your brushes as well, or you may want to use a separate brush case. Some brush sets come with their own roll-up case; these provide safe storage and can roll up to fit in a larger case for easy access.
Choose a case with separate compartments if you have a large collection: Organization is key to proper care and will help your makeup last longer. Brushes, powders, liquids, and lipsticks should be kept in separate compartments. If a liquid leaks, it won't contaminate your tools and dry products.
Pick a style: Now that you know how much room you need and how portable your case needs to be, you can get to the fun part. Will your makeup case sit on your bedroom dresser or on your bathroom counter? You may want to coordinate the style with your decor. Or you can just look for one in your favorite color. Makeup cases are available in a wide variety of styles, from basic black bags to handmade makeup pouches, so you're sure to find one that's perfect for you.