Don’t you hate trying to get ready, but you can’t find what you need in your makeup collection? It’s always a good idea to go through your makeup periodically and try to find the pieces you use most often for easy access.
But, what do you do with your seasonal makeup pieces?
Here are a few makeup storage ideas to make finding all your makeup easier.
Create Your Own Custom Palette
A great way to store your makeup that is also simple and fun is to make your own custom palette. It’s easy to put together and helps to cut down on your makeup storage needs. First, take your favorite colors out of all your old makeup palettes and glue them into a new storage case.
The storage case can be a pencil case, an Altoids case or an old CD case. It’s simple and easy to throw in your purse so that you always have your favorite colors with you whenever you need them. Check out this link for more ideas.
Make Your Makeup Magnetic
Drawers are not always the best place to store your makeup since you have to search through the whole drawer to find what you need. A magnetic makeup board helps you present your makeup in an appealing way.
First, you find an old picture frame and then you cut a sheet of metal to the size of the frame and wrap it with your favorite fabric. Finally, place small magnets on all your pieces of makeup to that you can hang all your makeup essentials for easy storage.
Another idea is to wrap a cookie sheet in fabric or colorful paper for an easy display. Check out this link to get a better idea of what magnetic makeup is all about.
Make Your Makeup Portable
This piece by Ellis Faas is a fabulous way to keep your makeup organized. Each of your makeup pieces has a tube that then fits into a cylindrical holder.
You can easily see the product number and the color on the top of your makeup pieces so you can take what you need quickly without taking everything out to search through it. The lid of this piece is can also be used as a mirror and powder case.
Click here to find out more about this fabulous makeup solution.
Get Creative with Old Boxes
You can actually make pretty and useful makeup storage containers out of cereal and oatmeal boxes or whatever kind of box you have handy. Do you have an old Birch box around?
You can make a chest of cardboard drawers for your makeup. If you don’t have a Birch box, any type of small boxes will work too. Click here to get more ideas to turn old boxes into useful makeup storage containers.
Reclaim Your Counter Space
If you are really creative and want to get back all the counter space your makeup currently takes up, look around the house and see what you can get creative with. One great idea is to use pails from the craft store plus a shower road and some ribbon to get this cute storage idea.
Or take some old mason jars and paint them your favorite color. Use a hanging organizer on the back of your bathroom closet door, a bead organizer in a drawer or find a magazine rack at the dollar store to store your palettes.
Dollar stores are great places to find cheap storage ideas.
Use Your Drawers
If you are stuck on storage ideas and are not creative in the least, try saving your counter space by placing your makeup in your bathroom cabinet drawers. It’s a simple solution that will keep your makeup out of the direct sunlight and out of the way of any accidents.
You will at least declutter your counter space and keep your favorite pieces of makeup safe. To keep your drawers organized, try adding some simple inserts that will keep the drawer from getting all jumbled up.
Click here to see more ideas on drawer inserts.
Categorize and Throw Away
Another basic idea before you do any organizing is to sort through all your makeup and create two piles – one to save and one to throw away. If you don’t wear it, you shouldn’t have it adding to your current makeup mess. Makeup also goes bad after awhile so you do want to get rid of anything that is pretty old for health reasons.
Once you have a save pile, you can sort that into whatever categories you would like but here are eight that will help you get started:
• Eye shadow
• Powder, blush and bronzer
• Lip gloss and lip liner
• Eye and brow pencils
You can sort even further by separating formula into cream, liquid and powder. Once you have your makeup sorted, you can move on to the other fantastic and creative ways to store your makeup.
Stack It Up
Stackable drawers are a great way to get organized. Each makeup category should get its own compartment. Clear stackable trays and boxes work best are easy to find at Dollar Stores, home improvement and beauty supply stores.
Find a drawer for each type of product and make sure to keep with it so they don’t get confused and becomes a mess again.
Keep It Separated
One of the most important storage tips is to keep your makeup separated in some way that makes sense to you. You can separate them by product type or by what you use on a daily basis.
If you are using stackable trays, make sure your everyday makeup is easily accessible so you can get your day going quickly without searching for your foundation.
Make Sure You Can See It
Lipstick can be frustrating to find the right shade you need. Here’s a tip – store lipstick upside down so you can read the name of the color on the bottom of the tube. This can also be used with eye shadow and compacts.
If the top is clear, its easiest to store them upside down so you can read the label instead and don’t store products stacked on top of each other so you have to hunt through them.
Pay Attention to your Brushes
Your brushes also get sorted into face brushes and eye brushes. By keeping them separate, you won’t be losing your smaller brushes among all those fluffy powder brushes.
Some great ways to store them are upright in jars or votives that are filled with coffee beans or rice so that the brush heads aren’t touching each other. You can also sew little bags to keep your brushes in which are also great for when you travel or get a block of foam and carve out spots for all your brushes.
You can get really creative with this and decorate it however you want. Click here to see an example of this cute makeup idea.
Now that you have an organization method down, make sure to go through your makeup every six months and get rid or what you aren’t using or anything that is expired. Periodically also make sure to go through your makeup stash and put everything that may have migrated out of its right spot back to where it belongs.
And if none of the rest of these ideas work for you, go back in time to middle school and get a Caboodle. If it worked for you then, it will help keep you organized now.
For more makeup organizing ideas, watch this youtube below from Makeup Geek.
Depending on your craft comfort level, organizing your makeup can go from simple drawer inserts or clear storage bins to craft bins and paint mason jars. There are tons of creative ideas out there that you can do yourself or purchase online.
Makeup that already comes in an organizing container is a fabulous find but most of us purchase it singly and need some sort of organization method to help us out. Find an organization method that speaks to you and then stick with it, don’t let your makeup storage get out of hand again.