How to Organize Makeup Like a Beauty Guru

If you love makeup you probably struggle to figure out how to keep all your goodies organized. When brushes, eyeshadow palettes, and concealer abound it can suddenly become tricky trying to find space for all your makeup.

What ends up happening is that you’re left sifting through a cluttered drawer of old and expired products. It can take just as long to find your makeup as it does to apply it!

The good news is that there are a few tips and tricks you can use to organize your makeup. If you’re wanting to keep your cosmetics collection in check, check out this quick guide on how to organize makeup.

Step One: Declutter Your Space

The first step to a successful makeup organization is to clear away the clutter. Before you even start categorizing your products, removing all the clutter can help you focus on what you actually need so that you can organize better.

Most people tend to accumulate more and more makeup as time goes on. Thanks to a combination of one-time purchases that didn’t work out and gifts that you never used, you can quickly end up with makeup that you don’t use. Worse yet, you can wind up with products that are expired!

While it can be painful to throw out makeup, be honest with yourself. Ask yourself if you really use that particular product (or if you’ve ever used it) and don’t be afraid to put it in the bin if the answer is “no.”

The more unused or expired cosmetics you can get rid of, the easier your job will be once you get down to the nitty-gritty of vanity organization.

Step Two: Categorize Your Cosmetics

Once you’ve gotten rid of products that are expired and unused, it’s time to start categorizing your cosmetics. You can choose to organize your makeup by the type of product it is or by how frequently you use it.

The way that you choose to organize your products is up to you, but there are a few pointers you can keep in mind:

  • Store brushes on their sides so that water and cleaning solution don’t drip down the handle and destroy the bristles
  • Place everyday products within easy reach
  • Tuck special occasion cosmetics away and leave the high priority spaces for more frequently used products
  • Create a separate skincare shelfie to keep liquid products out of your dry products

One great tip for organizing your makeup is to use organization containers, such as the ones sold at By using containers, you can help separate out products and keep things tidy on your vanity.

Many makeup organizers are clear, too, allowing you to easily see the products. That can make it much easier for you to find what you’re looking for when you’re in a hurry.

Step Three: Use Shelves

It can be tempting to try to pack everything onto your vanity. After all, that’s where you get ready in the morning and so it’s what’s most convenient!

However, by jamming all your makeup onto one counter space you can wind up creating more clutter. It can make your nicely organized makeup into another pile of mayhem.

There are many ways to get creative with your makeup shelving. You can choose over the door shelving units that don’t require lengthy installation. Or, you can choose sets of drawers that tuck away tidily under your vanity.

Another option is to use desktop drawers. If you go this route, be careful not to place too many shelves on top of your vanity.

For example, it’s okay to have one set of drawers on the vanity but don’t line the entire wall with them. After all, you still want to have from for actually applying your makeup and getting ready in the morning!

No matter what you choose, make sure to organize your makeup in your consistent categories. This way you keep things unified even if they’re not all sitting out on the vanity top.

Step Four: Use Dividers

Dividers are a girl’s best friend when it comes to trying to organize skin care products and makeup. That’s because you can use them to easily separate out products in a drawer.

For example, you can place a divider between your shimmery and matte eye shadow palettes. That makes it easy to find your more glamorous palettes when you need them, rather than sifting through simpler colors.

Dividers also offer a practical way of creating more space. When you have too much loose room, it can lead to products rolling around in the back of a drawer and being tough to find.

Sectioning off parts of your shelving or drawers with dividers can actually help minimize excessive roominess while maximizing your drawer space. Talk about a double whammy!

Step Five: Keep it Cute

Just because you’re doing some Marie Kondo-ing in your vanity doesn’t mean that you suddenly have to have a stark, drab vanity. You can use fun colors and stylish storage containers to keep your space special.

This not only makes organizing fun, but it also makes you more likely to be consistent about keeping things organized. When you enjoy the way your vanity looks, you’re more likely to keep it clean in the future.

Apply Your Skills on How to Organize Makeup

Now that you’re armed with this guide on how to organize makeup, it’s time to go put it into practice! Setting aside an afternoon can give you enough time to get your makeup organized and to declutter.

If you found this article helpful, we’ve got lots more where it came from! Check out some of our other blogs here at The Saloon Seattle.

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