The 7 Rules of Makeup Organization

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Hi Beauties!
If you’re like me, you have way more makeup and beauty products than you really need, and how do you find that specific lipgloss or mascara in such a chaotic girly mess? The key is organization, and after years of arranging and re-arranging my kits I’ve broken it down into 7 simple steps;

1. Pick Drawers over Countertops
Store your makeup in drawers to keep it out of direct sunlight and away from life’s inevitable little messes. This will keep your counter space decluttered and preserve your favorite products.

2. Clean Out and Organize
There’s no use in organizing expired makeup, so sort everything into 2 piles: a save pile and a toss pile. Since there’s also no use in holding onto something you never wear, if you cant remember the last time you used it, into the toss pile it goes. The save pile gets sorted into as many categories as you need, I recommend these 8: Eyeshadow; Eyeliner, eye pencils & brow pencils; Mascara; Primer + foundation; Concealer; Powder, blush + bronzer; Lipstick; Lipgloss and lip liner. Feeling the urge to organize further? Split up the contents of each category by formula: liquid, cream and powder.

3. Save Space with Stackable Containers
Each product should have its own compartment. Pick trays and boxes that fit together and stack easily, bonus points if the container is clear. You can find clear plastic organizers at any home improvement or beauty supply store. If you prefer the look of wooden or lacquered plastic containers, label your trays so you know exactly what is inside.

4. Separate What You Use Regularly
Store your containers in order of what gets the most use. If you don’t wear eyeshadow on a daily basis, don’t stack that tray on top. Pull out the products you use everyday and make the top tray your “everyday face”. That way your foundation, mascara, or whatever your essentials may be, will be easily accessible.

5. Store It So You Can See It
The only problem with staring into a sea of lipsticks is finding the shade you’re looking for. Store lipstick upside down so you can read the color name on the bottom. The same principle applies towards powders, shadows and compacts. If the top is clear, store them right side up. If not, flip them over so you can see the label. Avoid stacking individual products on top of each other so you won’t have to dig for the shade you want.

6. Sort Your Brushes
Brushes get divided into 2 categories: face and eyes. Keeping them separate will save you from losing your eyeliner brush in the bristles of your fluffiest powder brushes. Store them standing upright in a jar, fill the bottom of the jars with coffee beans, pebbles or marbles so that the brush heads won’t touch each other.

7. Edit Often
Every 6 months or so, go through and edit out expired products and makeup you haven’t used since your last edit. Once a month, go through your trays and tidy up and re-organize those eyeshadows that have made their way into your blush tray. Your monthly sweep is also the perfect time to clean your makeup brushes & tools!

How do you store your makeup and beauty goodies? Share your tips and feedback below!

Peace Love and Lipgloss xx


5 thoughts on “The 7 Rules of Makeup Organization

  1. Great tips! My husband got me a little wooden storage container (I think it may actually be a jewelry box) that’s been great for separating out things that I use frequently. That’s something I’ve only had going recently and it makes things SO convenient!

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