Organizing makeup and cosmetics can sometimes be challenging because of the number of small items and the variety of container sizes. One of the best ways to keep your makeup area organized is to continually discard old makeup or colors and types of cosmetics that you just never use. If you limit your collection to those cosmetics you love and use frequently, and it will be much easier to manage.
Remember that makeup and skin care products do have expiration dates. Expiration dates exist because makeup is prone to bacterial contamination, discoloration and drying out. Some items such as mascara should be used within 3-6 months, other cosmetics such as lipstick should be used within 2 years. If you have owned any makeup product for more than 2 years, it is time to discard it.
Be sure to purge any cosmetic bags and containers you do not use. Many of these are offered free with purchases, but they often add to clutter. Give away or donate any of these freebie bags that you don’t use.
When it comes to storing makeup, it really depends on the amount of space and location available. I suggest storing makeup in a bathroom or bedroom near a well-lit mirror.
Here are some options for storing cosmetics in your home:
- Use small acrylic drawer organizers inside bathroom drawers to help sort cosmetics by color or type.
- Use a makeup organizer and store it on a countertop, shelf or inside a deep drawer.
- Repurpose an old vase, mug or other container to hold your brushes.
- If you lack counter space, you may want to hang up a magnetic board, and glue magnets to the back of your cosmetics to keep them accessible and neatly displayed.
If you frequently travel, try some of these storage options:
- Small cosmetic bags for traveling or placing in a purse.
Remember to empty your travel bags as soon as you return home from a trip so that a cosmetic item isn’t misplaced or forgotten about before it expires. I hope these tips help you to better organize your makeup collection. How do you store your cosmetics? Please comment below.
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Seana Turner says
I got both of my girls an acrylic makeup organizer to sit on the counter pretty early in their teenage years. Even if they don’t wear a lot of makeup, it is helpful for the various “body maintenance” products that start emerging. So much easier to tidy the bathroom counter when you have a place to easily put everything away!