At some point, every woman looks in her makeup drawer and wonders when it all went wrong. With so many different types and sizes of products, it’s difficult to find a method of organization for all your cosmetics, so it easily becomes a jumbled mess. Here are a few easy tricks for how to organize your makeup that anyone can do on any budget.
1. Divide your products by type
The first thing you have to do is take all your makeup out and separate it into 3 categories: face products, eye products, and lip products. Within those three, you can divide your makeup into any number of subcategories. I would suggest sticking to 2 or 3 subcategories each, depending on how many products you have. For face makeup, separate it into base makeup (primers, foundations and concealers), face powders, and blushes/bronzers. For your eye makeup, divide it into eyeshadows, eyeliners, and mascaras. And for lip products, make a separate pile for glosses and lipsticks.
2. Pick your tools of organization
The best tools you can have to organize your makeup are bins. Plastic, metal, or wood – they come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes at all price points. The small plastic bins from the dollar store are great for separating makeup if you’re on a budget. If you have a bit more money to invest into your organization, check out the Container Store, Target, and other home goods or office supply stores. My favorite trick is to use cutlery divider bins from the kitchen section because they have built in sections where you can keep certain types of products together. Or, you can get pretty bamboo organizing trays like these ones from the Container Store.
3. Make the most difficult decisions
The last thing to do before your start putting all your makeup into the bins and back in the drawers is to go through and decide what to keep and what to toss. A key to keeping your makeup organized for good is to always get rid of products that you don’t like, don’t use, or that have gone bad. Always throw out your mascara after 3-6 months, and toss your foundations after a year. Powder products like eyeshadow and blush will last longer, but if they start to get a chalky coating then throw them in the trash.
I hope these tips helped you if you have been struggling with a messy, disorganized makeup collection. Taking the time to reorganize your makeup makes getting ready in the morning much easier because you know where everything is and don’t have to waste time searching for a product. And now that you know how to organize your makeup with these quick and easy tricks, you’ll have a stellar cosmetics collection within hand’s reach in no time at a low cost.