5 Tips on the Best Way to Organize Makeup

5 Tips on the Best Way to Organize MakeupIf you have a lot of makeup, chances are you’re looking for the best way to organize makeup – it’s not easy. You’ll find that there’s no right or wrong answer, and defining “best” is almost a trick question because you may have one of a zillion makeup organizers.

Or you may have a drawer filled with makeup.

It’s impossible to know.

But we can discuss optimal ways to organize your makeup and the best tips to follow to ensure your makeup is perfectly organized when you need it most.

1. Buy a Dedicated Makeup Organizer

If you find that your space is being overrun with makeup, it’s time to sit down and consider a makeup organizer. There are a lot of options. You’ll find small, compact units that can hold just the essentials, and larger models that can hold it all, including:

  • Brushes
  • Pencils
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Compacts
  • Palettes
  • Lotions
  • Creams
  • Blushes
  • Lipstick
  • Nail polish

And you’ll spend so little on your investment that you’ll be sad you didn’t buy a dedicated organizer in the past. Choose a model that has a lot of drawers or compartments that allow you to neatly organize all of your items.

2. Organize Your Brushes Properly

Your makeup brushes must be organized properly. Bristles can and do fall off, and if you squish your brush into a small drawer, you’ll cause more damage to the brush than necessary. The right option is to place your brushes on top of a makeup organizer.

You may even find that the organizer has a dedicated space just for your brushes.

But if you don’t have a dedicated space just for your brushes, you’ll find that you do have a DIY approach that you can take:

  • Pick a tall holder for the brushes (votives work well and transparent holders)
  • Fill the holder to about an inch below the top with coffee beans
  • Place your makeup brushes in the unit

When you choose to organize your brushes like this, you’ll find that they will stay erect (thanks to the coffee beans) and remain in place.

The goal is to keep the bristles in the air and to extend their lifespan. By using the coffee beans to help hold your brushes in place, there will be little wear and tear on the bristles. You’ll be able to preserve your brushes for longer following this method, and the coffee beans will produce a great aroma in the room, too.

3. Keep Small Items Tucked Away

Small items that easily roll to the back of drawers or can fall behind a desk must be kept in small drawers or compartments. The reason for you needing to place your items neatly away is that they can roll and get lost.

Lipstick, for example, is rather compact and often rolls to the back of a drawer where you can’t find it easily.

I recommend:

  • All small items be placed in their own compartment
  • Pencils and small brushes be kept up top or in their own bin

You’ll find that just being able to find your items faster and knowing where they’re located will help you become a master of your own makeup.

4. Keep Large Items on Top

Makeup needs to be stored near all of your essentials, like brushes and other accessories. If you have a large enough space, you’ll want to keep all of your big items on top so that they don’t take up too much space. I often place the following items up top:

  • Brushes
  • Creams
  • Lotions
  • Fragrances
  • And any other items that are especially tall

I put these items on top of my makeup organizer or in a place where they just don’t get in the way anymore.

If you only have a medicine cabinet, then place these larger items in the cabinet, but avoid separating your brushes from your main makeup storage. The idea is that you need all of your must-have items to be as close to you as possible.

Separating must-have items will require you to go hunt around the house to track down items you need.

5. Organize Based on Makeup Types

Makeup types matter, and the reason for the type mattering is that you’ll have a much easier time finding the items you need when they’re all in the same place. An example of this may be your mascara.

You wouldn’t put your mascara with your nail polish.


It makes everything harder to find. The goal is to make your life easier through organization and not harder. It’s difficult to stay organized and sane when you have everything all jumbled together.

I also understand that you may have limited space.

And when space is at a premium, you may have to co-organize a few of your essentials so that they’re able to fit in your space. This can become difficult if you don’t know the best way to organize makeup, but we have a few tips that will help you organize your makeup perfectly.

There are also a lot of variations here.

  • Organize by function: eyes, lips, cheeks, blemishes, etc.
  • Organize by frequency of use. Items not used often can be stored elsewhere.
  • Organize by makeup, accessories, lipsticks, etc.

There’s really no wrong or right way to organize your makeup. A tip from the pros is to make sure that everything has its own place where it belongs. This can be a very hard concept to follow, especially if you’re always on the go, but if you keep putting the same item back in its proper place, you’ll always know where you can find it.

Being able to find your makeup is half the battle.

And if you do choose to store your items in containers or organizers, opt for a clear unit so that you can visually see where items are located rather than guessing for the first few weeks.

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