Organizing Your Makeup & Beauty Care Products

Whether you have amassed a huge collection of beauty products from all different high end brands or just a few for daily use you will want to be sure and store them so that they are accessible and cared for. Here are some tips for organizing your makeup & beauty products! Don't forget to check out the rest of the 31 Days to an Organized Home series!

Tips for Organizing Your Makeup & Beauty Products

I love makeup. I used to hate wearing it because it felt thick and was such a hassle, but my youngest sister gave me a bit of a makeover and some lessons on how to apply it quickly.  Now, I can do everything (foundation, contouring, eyes, and lips) in less than 10 minutes.  Having the right products for me made a huge difference in how it feels too.  With the help of my sister and some lovely gals at Sephora, I was able to find a foundation so light that I can't feel it yet still get the coverage I wanted to even out my skin tone & they even had it in a shade light enough for this glow in the dark gal!

With my new makeup obsession, all the tools to do it right (who knew there were so many brushes & sponges for a reason?!?) I quickly found it taking over my purse and bathroom, so today I'm going to share some of my favorite ways to organize your makeup. I used these tips for my makeup, my perfumes, nail polish, and even all those lovely skin care things gals have to think about once we hit a certain age…which is much earlier than people realize.

Tips for Organizing your Makeup

Tips for Organizing Makeup & Beauty Care Products

Date Products: We often keep our makeup way past the recommended shelf life, I have been guilty of it. When I open up a new product on the back or bottom of the container I make a small note with a sharpie of the month it should be tossed (and year if necessary) for example if i get a new mascara in January I will write 4 on the bottom so I know to toss it in April.

Here is a general list of the shelf life of common products for you to reference:

  • Foundation: 1 year
  • Lipstick: 2 years
  • Mascara: 3 months
  • Blush: 2 years
  • Concealer: 1 year
  • Eyeliner: 3 years
  • Eyeshadow:2 years
  • Perfume: 3 years

A nifty tip I learned for mascara this year is to add 1 drop of lavender essential oil when you first open a new tube.  It's can help prevent an overabundance of hair mites that kill your lash follicles. Everyone has them, eww, but you don't want them to go crazy.


Brushes Storage and Care: Store brushes upright in a small mason jar or other similar container with coffee beans or sand to hold them up.  Wash brushes every couple months gently in a gentle cleanser like Dr. Bronner's, rinse well, store upright to dry.

Makeup Storage: Do you toss your makeup into a basket or drawer? Not only is it harder to find what you are looking for but applicators get lost, powders get broken, and liquids can spill. If you are a bit more intentional with how you store your makeup it will be a breeze to use and will keep it in better condition. So how do you store it? I have found some wonderful ways out there in the web and will share them with you. Perhaps you will find your new favorite method!

Magnets– Not only is this Make-up Magnet Board from Laura Thoughts  functional it is so pretty as well if you have the wall space.

Cart– Polka Dot Chair has turned an Ikea cart into a functional and fun organizer for makeup and other beauty products.

Jars– I heart this upcycled candle jar idea from Life Ann Style!

Tiered Tray– I am using a setup similar to this for my makeup, check out Picklee for a simple DIY.

I have a travel case I keep a mascara, a powder, lip gloss, and an eyeliner in for touching up on the go.  I moved the makeup from the bathroom, which has horrible lighting, to my bedroom.  My dresser has a large mirror with great lighting to apply my makeup and two small drawers. The left is for my face makeup (primer, foundation, concealer, etc), brushes & sponges, lip stuff.  The right is devote to my eyes – fake eyelashes I have yet to figure out, mascara, eye shadows, eye liners, curling tool. My facial products are kept in the bathroom cupboard since I use them in the bathroom. Perfumes & deodorant are in my bedroom since I put them on when I get dressed.  My nighttime facial cream and eye cream are in the top drawer of my nightstand, since I put them on right before I fall asleep.

Just find the best places and methods that work for you!  As always reassess your setup after a while and tweak it so it really works for you.  It's not a failure to redo your system, but it is when you can't keep it organized or can't find what you need because it doesn't work like you expected and try to cling to it anyway!

Tell me your favorite makeup organization tip!
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