5 Practical and Helpful Makeup Organizing Tips For A Rewarding Result

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I love organizing, especially makeup. I can browse Pinterest for hours to look for makeup organizing inspiration. But after seeing those perfectly organized makeup drawers, I only ask myself “how did those people do this?!” Well, I have a solution. Right here, in this blog post. Say what?! Yes, I’m sharing 5 very easy, practical and helpful makeup organizing tips to make sure your makeup drawers look just as organized as they look on Pinterest without spending a fortune!

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It always looks so easy when you see those beautiful, super organized makeup drawers on Pinterest. But I promise you, it actually is pretty easy. You probably feel very overwhelmed or you just don’t know how or where to start. But no worries, that’s why you’re here and I’ll make sure that you’ll know what to do by the end of this blog post. 

Keeping your beauty products organized and easy to grab can be a pain in the ass, no matter whether you own a few products or collect lipsticks obsessively – like me. But a well-sorted collection makes it easier for you to find everything but also keeps you on top of when it’s time to throw out or replace your products. You might know how important it is for your health to throw out expired makeup since you definitely don’t want to put something on your face which should’ve been in the trash already. 

“Keeping your makeup collection organized is just as important and game-changing as keeping your wardrobe organized,” says Suzy Gerstein, a Honey Artists makeup artist. “I encourage clients to go through their makeup bag or drawer every season and assess what is working, what needs to go in a separate area for less frequent use, and what additions need to be made to round out their beauty routine based on how their needs might be changing.”

Easy To Follow Makeup Organizing Steps

5 Practical and Helpful Makeup Organizing Tips For A Rewarding Result

Before I share my favorite makeup organizing tips, I’ll first help you through this process with a step-by-step explanation. I have to admit this is basically my favorite part! Recently I decided to re-do my room and this also included my makeup drawers. I actually followed a step-by-step guide I created myself and figured out it worked very nice for me. So why not share it with you? This is the exact step-by-step guide I made & followed myself: 

Step 1: Evaluate Your Collection

This might not be the most fun part if you have a lot of makeup products like me, but it is a very necessary step. Gather all your products in one place and go through them all. As I said before, it’s important to throw out expired makeup. How do you know when a product is expired? On the back of each item indicating the expiration date. For example, something marked “12M” should only be used for 12 months after opening. 

Often, common sense will dictate whether a product is expired. If your mascara or lipstick smells off or doesn’t look good anymore, it’s time to throw it out. If your foundation is separating, time to get rid of that. 

Also, make sure to question yourself whether you actually wear or product or not. If you’re barely using a product anymore, it’s probably better to throw it out – or if it’s still usable – give it away to friends and family. The makeup you’ve never worn or barely used can be donated to a local shelter or you can try to sell it.

The fun part comes after you’ve thrown out old products, replaced your necessities, and ditched anything you don’t use. We’re going to decide what organizing systems fit you and your collection and then we can start organizing! 

Step 2: Decide What Organizing System Fits You

This might sound like a boring step but there are tons of organizing systems and you won’t like all of them. Moreover, not all of the organizing systems will fit your collection. I have tons of makeup, so I need a lot of drawers. But you might have just a couple of products you want to store. Deciding on what’ll fit your needs is a good nice step before you actually buy drawers/vanity/organizers/baskets/etc. That’ll prevent you from buying too many organizers or too little. 

My makeup collection is big, so I knew I had to get drawers. But I knew I wanted organizers/baskets in my drawers to organize my makeup even more. Before I actually bought anything, I counted my products and measured them so I knew I was going to get things that would actually fit my products.

If you’re having a small makeup collection, I would recommend getting a makeup organizer like this one or this one. If you’re looking for a more fancy one, check out this round makeup organizer. All three of the makeup organizers are acrylics which, in my opinion, give a luxurious look but are very practical as well since you can actually see your products.

If you’re having a bigger makeup collection, I would recommend getting an IKEA Alex Drawer. Probably 95% of the makeup influencers have this drawer, but it does work so well with makeup I just had to mention this. Amazon does sell some dupes, so if you don’t have an IKEA close to you, check out this one for example. If you’re looking for a bigger makeup organizer but an affordable one, check out this storage drawer with wheels or this one without wheels. 

If you’re looking for DIY ways to organize your makeup collection, please keep on reading, I’ll be sharing some very interesting DIY tips later on!

Step 3: Organize By Category/Colors

I’m not sure if I’m the only one, but I love makeup organizing which is sorted by colors. I do this myself too. For example, I’ve organized my lipsticks in three categories: nude lipsticks, brighter lipsticks, brightest lipsticks. This way I easily grab a shade I wanna go for that day. I also did this with my eyeshadow palettes, lip glosses, and liquid lipsticks.

Not all of my products can be organized by color. These products are organized by category. I’ve put all my base face products in one drawer; primer, foundation, concealer, and setting powder. I have one drawer full of liquid lipsticks (matte, velvet, gloss, etc) and one drawer full of bullet lipsticks. I have a drawer with all my big eyeshadow palettes and one with all my smaller eyeshadow palettes. I also have a blush drawer and a highlighter drawer. I love sorting my products category-wise. 

5 Makeup Organizing Tips

5 Practical and Helpful Makeup Organizing Tips For A Rewarding Result

I’ve got a couple of makeup organizing tips which I’ve tried myself and which I truly love. Most of them are very easy and affordable. These tips will come in handy if you’re not makeup organizing from scratch but you need some tips to get more organized. 

1. Label

This is probably my favorite invention. I always thought people who label their drawers are a bit over-organized BUT I decided to try it myself… and I’m obsessed. You only need a label maker and then label everything you want to label! You can label whatever you feel like labeling. I also labeled my sharpeners, one for my eye pencils and one for my lip pencils lol. 

2. DIY Organizers

There are so many ways to create your own makeup organizers. It’s possible to use empty candles to hold your makeup brushes, pillboxes to store your false lashes, cake stands to beautifully store some makeup products, mail organizers to hold your eyeshadow palettes, etc. etc.  I also love to get dividers to organize my makeup which you can DIY too. You only need a set of these and you’re ready to go! 

3. Acrylic Organizers

Besides labeling, this is my other obsession. I LOVE acrylic organizers! I’m writing a blog post about my own makeup collection, where I’ll show you exactly what organizers I use and how it looks. But for now, here are some of my favorite acrylic organizers: liquid lipstick organizer, lipstick organizer, powder organizer, eyeliner organizer

4. Keep favorite products upfront

Make sure your favorite products are easy to reach so I would recommend putting them upfront. I always have my favorites the closest to me so I don’t have to reach far. 

I sometimes switch things up. If I want to use products that I haven’t given much love lately, I just put them upfront! So I’ll automatically use them more. 

5. Go vertical

The last tip isn’t my own but is actually from Julie Alexander, founder and makeup coach of Do More With Makeup. I loved this tip so I wanted to share it. This is what Julie says: 

“My best makeup organization tip is to put overlooked space to good use, especially vertical space! Store your everyday essentials in a spinning cosmetic tower, which can hold products and tools of many different shapes and sizes and is easily accessible when you’re in a rush. Use a wall-mounted file rack to organize eyeshadow palettes. A multi-pocket acrylic business card holder can be a good solution for storing blush and powder compacts so they’re fully visible. Attach a kitchen knife strip to the wall and hang magnetic pencil cups for brushes or use magnetic hooks for tools like eyelash curlers and tweezers.”

I really hope these makeup organizing tips are going to help you to create that beautiful, organized makeup collection. Let me know in the comments what you think. 🙂 


Hi there! Im Simone, 24-years-old born and raised Dutch girl still living in The Netherlands. I graduated in Human Resources and I have a huge passion for all things beauty. Im a dog mom to Bailey, USA obsessed, and lipstick hoarder.

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  1. 1.8.20
    Tarequl said:

    That was a great and comprehensive article…all the tips enumerated and explained will be helpful for those who are wise enough to tap from it. Any business nowadays without social media signals and presence may not make it to the outermost, and investment too is part of the key to success in business. Keep up the good work.

  2. 1.20.20

    Thank you for sharing these tips! These are definitely so helpful!