Big Makeup Organizer: 4 Tips for Proper Storage

Big Makeup Organizer: 4 Tips for Proper StorageIf you’re like me, you have makeup strewn in drawers and in small makeup pouches somewhere under your sink. The makeup seems to be all piled together with no rhyme or reason. While I still get the job done and am able to always put on my “best face,” this doesn’t mean that there isn’t a better way.

I lived with a pure makeup mess for most of my life, but that’s all changed recently.

I’m now using a big makeup organizer. When I first started using my organizer, I hated it. I am a creature of habit, so I found it better to keep my makeup where I knew it would fit best – everywhere. But I now have my organization down to a science, so it’s a lot easier to finally store all of my essentials all in one place.

And as much as I hate to admit it, my makeup is a lot better now.

I’ve been able to find all of my essentials faster, and that super cute blush, lip gloss and items I forgot to buy all have their place and are easy to remember and find.

It’s the perfect setup, and I think it will help you better organize your makeup, too.

1. Large Items on Top

Makeup starts with brushes. Even when you have a huge makeup organizer, you’ll still need to have space for really large brushes. I found that the top of the organizer, if it allows, is the best option to keep these larger items.

I also keep a lot of items on top of my organizer, such as:

  • Oils
  • Creams
  • Bottles

Brushes are my mainstay on top of my organizer though. The idea is that the brush’s bristles don’t need to be thrown into a drawer or storage compartment. If you throw your brushes around, you’ll find that the following happens:

  • Residue from the brushes tends to make a huge mess in your nice and clean space.
  • Bristles can become damaged in the process, causing you to need new brushes faster.

A large glass holder works best for brushes because all of this residue will easily come out of the container and can be cleaned very quickly. It’s all about making your life easier, and if you take care of your brush organization first, your makeup routine will be better as a result.

Just remember to always keep the brush head facing upwards when placed in your container.

2. Makeup Pencils and Lipstick

The first drawer or storage container will then hold all of my essentials. These are items that I use often and will need to almost always apply in some form. The lipstick, which I don’t wear daily, seems to fit well in the top drawer because it’s the best fit for me.

A few of the pencils that fit into this section are:

  • Concealer pencil
  • Eye pencil
  • Soft pencil
  • Lip liner pencil
  • Brow pencil

I always make sure I have a cover on the pencils when it’s available, as I find they last longer this way. You can obviously add your gloss here, too, to keep everything you need for your lips in one place. These are items that add the nice finishing touches to your look.

3. Powder, Blush, Mascara, Foundation and Concealer

The third space is a hodge podge of my most used items. Since I have only so much space to work with, I tend to put all of my essentials in this space. This includes:

  • Powder
  • Blush
  • Mascara
  • Foundation
  • Concealer

And while it’s a lot, these are my go-to makeup items. I have organized my space in such a way that all of my most used colors are in this container.


Makeup application is much faster because I have everything where I need it. There’s no need to fiddle around and search through a dozen drawers or pouches to be able to find my makeup. If everything is within reach, it makes the process go along smoother.

Eye shadow can also go in this area if you want.

If you use an item daily or a few times a week, place it in this space to make it easier to find.

4. Exotic Colors and Other Mixed Items

We all have those colors and items that we love, but they don’t get used on a daily basis. If this is the case, these items will go in your last space.

The reason is that this space is the space you only go in when you want a little variety in your life.

And I also put my other items in there, too, such as:

  • Tweezers
  • Colors I don’t use often
  • Lip creams

I have even started to put some of my smaller face mask creams in the last unit because these are items I might not use on a daily basis.

You’ll also find some hair ties and other items in there, too.

Of course, you’ll need to utilize your makeup organizer to your advantage. A lot of my friends find that it’s much easier to organize their items by the area of the face. So, they have a space for their eyes, lips, cheeks, etc.

It works very well when you have a huge makeup organizer, and it’s a great way to keep your items always within reach.

But it’s always up to you which organization method you pick.

Play around with your organization and find a method that not only speeds up your makeup application, but also allows you to find those items we all have that seemed to get hidden away (you know – those colors you only wear on special occasions or that bright red lipstick that you wear only on a date).

Those items are much easier to find and get used more frequently when you properly organize your makeup.

You’ll also find that it’s easier to add more storage or organizer space in the future. You may even start to downsize your options a bit to be able to keep just your necessary items with you.

Give these tips a try and let me know how they work for you.

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