5 Tips to Organizing Makeup for the Constantly Cluttered


Thirteen palettes, twelve eye shadow singles, eight foundations, three concealers, 2 bronzers/highlighters, and a mascara. No, it’s not the lyrics to a new rendition of the Twelve Nights of Christmas, rather the contents of my makeup collection—that I actually use (and no…not all at once).

With that much face paint and accompanying tools of the trade, I had to find a way to organize it all. My new system is working so far, so here are 5 tips to organizing beauty products:

  1. Invest in a vanity or space dedicated just for gussin’ up
  2. Stackable plastic cubes and storage containers are a great place to house your makeup—freeing up the medicine cabinet for other bathroom essentials
  3. Purchase draw dividers to separate eyeshadows, foundation, lipstick, etc
  4. ย Palette’s are great space savers. Many makeup companies such as MAC, Bobbi Brown, and Trish McEvoy let you customize your own palettes
  5. This may sound like a given, but you would be surprised at how many old products you have lying around and taking up space. Here’s a good guideline on the shelf life of makeup (via allure magazine):
  • Mascara- 2 to 3 months
  • Foundation (liquid)- 6 to 12 months
  • Liquid concealer- 1 year/Stick or powder concealer-up to two years
  • Face powder and blush- up to two years
  • Cream blush- one year
  • Eye shadow- three months (umm yea ok!)
  • Eyeliner (liquid and shadow)- three months
  • Lipgloss and lipstick- one year

Do you have any tips for organizing your beauty products to share?



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