Organize Makeup

Taking the time to organize makeup will save time and frustration in the morning. This will also save money because you won’t buy items you already have just because you can’t find it.

Gather all your beauty products onto a large table or countertop. 

Purge items that haven't been used in a while or have expired. If you have duplicates in the same colors that you won’t be able to use before it expires, choose the one of the highest quality and longer expiration. Give away duplicates  and items you never wear to friends or family if possible.

This will create extra space to store products you use especially when space is limited.

Group items by style (like work, evening and special occasion), by type (foundation, concealer, moisturizer/lotion, powders, eyeliners, eyeshadows, lipsticks, lipgloss, pencils etc.), or by area of the face like skin (moisturizer, concealer, foundation, powder etc.) , eye (eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, eyebrow pencil,  etc.) and lip (lip liner, lipstick, lip gloss etc.) 

Similarly sort the brushes by type like foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, eye shadow etc. 

The best way to organize make up is by type and then by color within each type.

If you are storing makeup items in a drawer, use drawer dividers to separate each group of like items. You can also line the drawers with contact paper if you prefer, for easy cleanup. 

You can make your own drawer dividers using thick cardboard pieces (or thin pieces of plywood or MDF) cut to size. If using plywood or MDF, cut it a little smaller than the depth of the drawer (but needs to sit snugly) so that you can put scratch guards on both ends to prevent damage to the drawers. 

If the drawers are deep enough, you can use inexpensive plastic boxes and baskets (or reuse shipping/shoe boxes and baby wipes containers), one for each type of items. You can find a wide selection of inexpensive plastic boxes/baskets of all sizes and shapes at supermarkets and dollar stores. 

Use separate boxes/baskets to store eyeshadows, blushes, powders, bronzers etc. and label them for easy identification. Use stackable baskets or containers with lids or so that you can stack them inside drawers to optimize available space. Label the lids when stacking for easy identification of the contents. This way you don’t have to open each container to find out what is inside thus saving you time.

You can also use clear plastic food storage containers to sort and store makeup.  Group like makeup together in separate containers.

Another option is an in-drawer spice rack or tray to organize makeup inside a drawer.

Kitchen silverware trays and desk drawer organizers are great to organize makeup brushes and pencils inside a drawer. 

If makeup is stored on vanity countertop, on top of  a dresser/makeup table, under the sink or in wall cabinets, multi drawer plastic organizers or jewelry boxes will work well to sort and organize them. These boxes are usually stackable so that you can take full advantage of the available height of the shelves. 

Try not to stack individual products on shelves and inside drawers or containers if possible. Lay them flat so that you can see everything at a glance without having to remove items that are on the top. Store products that do not have a clear lid in such a way that you can read the label and color. 

Tea pots, mugs, glasses, small vases, empty candle jars or any kind of tall containers are great to organize brushes, pencils and other longer items. Use separate containers to sort and store brushes and pencils. Group like items together (like foundation brushes together, concealer brushes together etc.) in separate containers. 

Desktop organizer with multiple sections can also be used to sort and store  brushes and pencils. 

Store your brushes with handle side down inside the containers to prevent damage to the bristles of the brushes. 

Put items that you use every day in an easily accessible place like the top drawers or middle shelves (that are at eye level) of the cabinet. 

Once you organize makeup, maintenance is important. Return items to their designated locations immediately after use. Get rid of old and expired makeup on a regular basis.

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