Happy Monday! This Makeup Wars Monday we’re discussing our Best Ways to Organize Your Makeup. I’ve got quite a makeup collection, so I’ve got a lot of storage options to show you. Unfortunately I took these pictures an hour after I got back from the Makeup Show Orlando Sunday night, so my vanity is a wreck. I also have to go through all my drawers and reorganize again. However, this will give you some great ideas.
Please keep in mind that I am a beauty blogger and I am not your average makeup lover, so my collection is ginormous (and I know there are many collections larger than mine).
In the past I’ve made my own brush holders for under $10 with decorator sand and a glass vase. This was great for a long time until I outgrew it. It’s a nice, fun way to customize your brush holder if you don’t own a ton of brushes. Since I no longer use it for brushes, I have it on my dresser with just the sand in it for decoration because I love purple and it’s cute. You could potentially use it as an incense holder if you wanted to burn incense, or to hold those fragrance sticks, too. I still feel this is one of the best ways to organize your makeup brushes for under $10.
I use 3 ring binders with card holders to store and organize my makeup sample baggies. I have a TON of these. These are so great for organizing your makeup sample baggies.
This is one of my 3 types of lipstick organizers. I also have clear acrylic lipstick organizers, and bamboo lipstick organizers. Unfortunately they’re all too tall for my 10 drawer organizers.
This is my vanity, which is a wreck currently since I just got back from TMS Orlando and packed in a whirlwind. On top of the vanity itself is an e.l.f. large brush holder that holds a ton of my brushes. Next to it is a square decorator vase from Michael’s that has clear glass stones in it to make the bottom tall enough for the brushes. I’ve got two more e.l.f. large brush holders – one is filled with eyeliner pencils and pens, lip pencils and lip liners. The other one is full of makeup brushes. I’ve got another square vase for makeup brushes. I’ve got a round silver container for mascaras. On the shelf of the vanity I’ve got a 3 drawer separator for makeup, as well as a 3 tier lipstick holder and the rest needs to be organized. On the right side of my vanity is a 10 drawer organizer. On the left side of my vanity there are 2 of the 10 drawer shelf organizers, and just past that is 1 helmer.
This is the 10 drawer organizer to the right of my vanity. The drawers are fine as long as you don’t overload them. Mine were overloaded until I got the eDiva Princess and the sherrieblossom icebox skinny. Now I just need to go through the drawers and reorganize them. They’re not very easy to put organizing strips or panels into, which I dislike. You can’t fit nail polish into them. They are one of the best ways for me to organize my eyeshadow pigments. They’re too tall for my acrylic lipstick organizers. Thankfully I’ll have several empty drawers once I finish reorganizing.
This is the top of the 10 drawer storage unit on the right side of my vanity. I’ve got 2 large e.l.f. brush holders up here, a bamboo storage organizer for my shadow pencils, my Luminess Air Airbrush machine, glo Minerals brush cleanser, Model in a Bottle, a square black brush holder, and a silver round storage holder for my mascaras.
These are the two 10 drawer organizers to the left of my vanity. Again, I need to organize the drawers as I was able to move a lot of products out of their jumbled mess in the drawers and into organized compartments in the Princess and the Icebox Skinny. I like that these have the option to be on wheels or to skip the wheels. The wheels make it easier to move them from room to room if I need to move them, but I rarely do. I don’t like the tops because I wish they were flat. The bars sticking up get in the way and are annoying.
On the left we have the eDiva Princess and on the right the sherrieblossom Icebox Skinny. Both have their advantages. I need to reorganize the Princess because it’s got space not being utilized currently. I just finished organizing the Icebox Skinny. Expect a video on it this week.
This is the eDiva princess, which I need to reorganize and fill. The bottom layer can hold nail polish, but it’s the only drawer deep enough to. I choose to store lipsticks in there. The bottom drawer has my Urban Decay, Too Faced, NARS, Morgana Cryptoria etc lipsticks. The drawer above has a lot of my Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics lip tars and Fyrinnae Lip Lustres. Above that are my Darling Girl Lip products, Silk Naturals, Venomous Cosmetics Glosses, MAC Glosses. Above that I have Milani, Jesse’s Girl and Nyx. The top two drawers are makeup palettes.
I could possibly take out the X in the bottom drawer and see if my acrylic lipstick holders would fit inside and hold the lipsticks without being too tall.
This is the sherrieblossom Icebox Skinny. The top drawer is amazing for storing tall things like foundation and my airbrush makeup is up there. The drawer below that is holding all of my Sugarpill. Below that I have a good chunk of my Silk Naturals collection. Below that I have my Fyrinnae. The drawer below that is a lot of my Urban Decay. The lowest drawer are some of my palettes.
This is my single ikea helmer, which is GREAT for storing nail polish. It holds my entire nail polish collection. I really should get a second one but I’ve been fighting it. Instead I just create a swap box of polish. I personally think that the helmer is AMAZING for storing your polish! I don’t have a single bottle of polish that’s too tall to be in mine. And it holds so much polish! It’s awesome. One of my best purchases ever. I have recommended this over and over again to friends as the best way to organize their nail polish collection.
The 3 ring binders and baseball card holders are really nice and inexpensive ways to store makeup sample baggies. You can choose to organize by brand (using dividers to separate them), or organize by color. Both are really great.
I can’t rave enough about the e.l.f. large makeup brush holders. I own 3 and I’ll probably buy a 4th sometime soon. I like that they’re simple and sleek, and they hold so much! You could also customize them by painting them if you don’t like the plain black, though I personally adore it.
I have a love hate relationship with the 3 10 drawer organizers that I have. I love them because they hold a lot of stuff and don’t take up a lot of space. They flank my vanity nicely. However, I wish I had been able to find a vanity with that storage built into it. I should really repaint all 3 of them to match. I do hate that if the drawers are overloaded they slip off their track and I have to put them back on. I’ve never had anything spill out, but it does make noise. These are still the best ways that I’ve found to store my massive amounts of makeup. I think overall, I just feel that they look cheap compared to my Princess and Icebox Skinny.
The eDiva Princess is sturdy, but I find myself wishing that the drawers were taller and had better ways to organize them. The X in the shelves is not as useful as a multiple L shapes. I am able to store some of my lipsticks standing up, but they do fall over. My pencils, glosses, etc have to lay down. It does work nicely for palettes.
The sherrieblossom Icebox Skinny has a great top section with a flip lid that can hold so much stuff it amazes me. It holds palettes nicely. I love the L shape dividers that make it easy to section off eyeshadows or pigments. I wish the base and sides were thicker.Both the eDiva Princess and the sherrieblossm Icebox Skinny would be able to hold your average person’s makeup collection.
- e.l.f. large brush holder
- 10 drawer storage unit
- ikea helmer
- sherrieblossom Icebox Skinny
- eDiva Princess
- acrylic lipstick organizer
- bamboo makeup organizer
- bamboo lipstick holder
- 3 compartment clear organizer
- 3 inch purple 3 ring binder
- storage pages for 3 ring binder
- purple decorator sand
- flat clear marbles
- clear rounded rectangular vase similar to my vase (it’s much cheaper at Michael’s!)
- silver tumbler similar to mine (I got mine on sale at Target)
- square black vase (check Michael’s)
- square white vase (check Michael’s)
So these are the ways that I organize my makeup, beauty products, brushes and tools.
The Zuca Pro Artist Bag is on my wish list!
How do you organize? See how the rest of the Makeup Wars Bloggers keep things organized!