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DIY Tips on How to Store and Organize Your Makeup

Makeup can really start to pile up. All those mascara tubes, eyeliners, lip liners, lipsticks and powder compacts can fill up your bathroom drawers quickly, leaving you with that head-scratching sense of where in the world are you going to put those two bags full of makeup you just bought. But did you know you actually have a plethora of options right at your fingertips when it comes to makeup storage?

Read on to discover a number of handy, cute and fun DIY tips on how to store and organize all of your makeup.

Candle Jars

Provence Style Table Setting

Instead of throwing away those old, used-up candle jars you’ve got laying around, choose instead to repurpose them as makeup brush holders. Simply toss out the used candle, thoroughly clean the jar of any wax residue and fill it up with your brushes. This makes for a cute, organized and inexpensive alternative to purchasing a new holder.

Spice Rack

Spices And Seasonings

Beauty products can quickly take over your counters. All those night creams, day creams, toners, sprays and gels can really make a bathroom overly cluttered. To save yourself a lot of space, corral your products in a spice rack. Find a cheap rack on Craigslist or use one you’ve already got at home. Doing so seriously declutters your beauty space and also makes it much easier to find what you’re looking for. Revolving racks are a great option, but any spice rack will do the trick.

Serving Tray

Stainless Steel (inox) Serving Tray Isolated On White With Clipp

Sometimes sifting through all your makeup to find the right lipstick or mascara can be an exhausting ordeal. You just want to wear that lip liner you bought last week but can’t, for the life of you, seem to find it in all the clutter. This is where a serving tray comes in handy. Clean off an old serving tray (or purchase one from the dollar store) and display all of your favorite makeup items on it. This way, they’re all laid out in front of you, and it’s a thousand times easier to find what you’re looking for. You can spice things up by decorating the tray with construction or scrap paper, or just leave it as is. Either way, it’ll make your life so much easier.

Pencil Box

Back to school

You know that pencil box you’ve had lying around since last semester? The one you’ve been meaning to throw away? Instead of tossing it in the garbage, use it to store all your makeup pencils. Throw in those wayward lip liners and eyeliners, and make it a different kind of pencil box!

Plastic Shoe Holder

Different detergents in hanging bag wooden door

Get out that plastic shoe holder you bought six months ago when you decided you were going to finally organize your shoe collection (but tossed in the closet and forgot about it), and use it for something that is much more fun to organize: makeup! This is a cheap and super-effective way to compartmentalize all your makeup products. Put your eyeshadow into one pouch, your blush in another and so on. If you want to go a step further, you can label each pouch so everything is even easier to find.

Magnetic Board

White magnetic board on the wall

This is a super cute and fun way to keep track of all your makeup, and it’s not as difficult to put together as it may sound! All you’ll need to do is buy a sheet of metal (or any flat surface that will attract a magnet) and some magnetic tape (you can find this at any office supply store). Pick out all the makeup items you want to place on the board, (we highly suggest you use flat items like compacts, as mascara tubes or lip pencils will be much trickier), then cut off a piece of magnetic tape that matches the size of the item. Take off the backing, stick the tape onto the back of your makeup and that’s it! Do this with as many items of makeup as will fit on the board, then hang it up wherever you please.

Kitchen Utensil Tray

Wooden kitchen utensils

Another fun way to categorize and organize your makeup is to use a kitchen utensil tray. Instead of forks, knives and spoons, fill the tray up with eye pencils, lip gloss and mascara.

Cookie Jar

Last Cookie In The Jar

When those nail polishes start to form a crowd, figuring out where to store them can become quite the hassle. If your polish collection is overflowing and growing, consider storing the bottles in a cookie jar! You can buy one on the cheap or just use one that you already have around the house. It’s a charming and affordable way to keep them all in one place.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.