How to Organize Your MakeUp

Although I am not a huge make-up person, for some reason I tend to be a make-up hoarder.   What can I say?  Everything always looks so pretty in the store and I am a sucker for cute packaging.  Anyways, since this is my month for bathroom organizing I thought that it would be a good time to go through and organize all of my make-up as well.  So here are some of my easy tips for how to organize your makeup and when to toss old items.

Lots of great make-up organization ideas.
With the busyness of day to day life, I usually only have time to put on the “basics” but I do have quite a bit of other make-up that I like to use for special occasions or if I actually have a bit of extra time {okay, that last part never actually happens}.  To make things easier for me, I decided to organize my make-up into two different categories – ones that I will use on a regular basis and ones that I will less frequently. Regardless of how you want to organize your own make-up, there are a few simple steps that you can follow:

Toss anything that is expired or smells funny.  I just did a visit to Sephora a couple of weeks ago and here is what I was told for the shelf life of make-up: 
  • Concealer: Up to 12 months  
  • Powder: 2 years 
  • Foundation: 12 months for water-based; 18 months for oil based
  • Pencil Eye Liner: up to 3 years 
  • Lip Liner: up to 3 years
  • Eye Shadow: up to 3 years 
  • Mascara: 4-6 months
  •  Lipstick - 2-3 years {shorter in hot climates}.

**NOTE: Recommendations for shelf like due vary from source to source so use this as an approximation only.

Go through everything and toss what you don’t like or are no longer wear.  Try the shades out to make sure that you like them on you rather than just in the packaging!

Decide how you want to store your makeup.  This is the fun part!  Kitchen utensil organizers, spice racks, or a small bins and baskets are great for storing make-up in a drawer.  Here are a few simple ideas that I found…

Lots of great make-up organization ideas.
{Ikea organizer: source}

Lots of great make-up organization tips!
{More Ikea Drawer Organizers: source}

Lots of great make-up organization tips!
{Kitchen Drawer Organizer: source}

If you are short on drawer space but still like this method of organizing, look for acrylic or other drawer systems that can be stored on your countertop.

Lots of great make-up organization tips!

This magnetic make-up board from Liz Marie Blog is another fun option.  You could also try a smaller version and mount it on the inside of your cupboard doors.

Lots of great make-up organization tips!
For me, I like to store my make-up in a portable make-up bag.  This way, I can easily pack up for weekend getaways, trips to the pool, or times that I put my make-up on in the car {yes, I sometimes put my make-up on in the car but only when Dave is driving!}.  I have had a lot of different make-up bags in the past but my all-time favorite is this Lay-N-Go bag that I use now.

Lots of great make-up organization tips!
It packs up nice and compact but actually holds a lot more make-up than I was expecting.  I love how it lays flat so I can find everything instead of trying to rummage through a make-up bag.

Lots of great make-up organization tips!
I typically store my brushes in this glass container at home but I can always throw a few into the bag as well if I am taking off somewhere. {I will be posting about How to Clean Your Brushes tomorrow}.

Lots of great make-up organization tips!
I like to have my countertops fairly clear of clutter so I store everything in a basket underneath the sink.  It’s easy to pull out and cleans up nice and quick!

Lots of great make-up organization tips!
My other less used makeup is stored in this jewellery organizer that I found at Home Sense.

Lots of great make-up organization tips!
So how do you like to organize your make-up? I would love to hear your ideas!

Great ideas on how to organize your make-up and when to toss old make-up.

This post is part of my Household Organization Diet series.  You can join in anytime – just start with these two posts here and here.  If you are looking for past projects, you can find them all on my Pinterest board}.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!



  1. says

    Excellent ideas!!! I know what you mean about the hoarding. My daughter is now a teen, and anything makeup is a necessity to keep. It’s all on MY bathroom counter and is a messy jumble of colors. Loving your ideas here! I’m hoping to find one that works for her…

  2. says

    This is fabulous, what great ideas! I travel so much I always keep mine in a travel case. I wish I could have a cute bathroom like these! Thanks for the inspiration – maybe in the future!

  3. says

    Awesome ideas! I like your idea of keeping it under the sink. I have a small vanity now but am thinking of getting rid of it so keeping it under the sink would work well for me! Thanks for sharing!
    Selene @

  4. says

    I think you would be horrified at the way I don’t organize my makeup, I am hoping that a little bit or organizing rubs off on me from you when we hang out!! :o)

  5. says

    I just organized my makeup drawer 2 days ago!! It was needing it for a long time. I love the ikea drawer organizer you pictured with the eyeliner, etc… stuff in it. I’m going to have to look for something like that. Thanks for sharing!

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