So I have a lot of makeup. As a beauty junkie and influencer – I tend to keep a lot of products and I am always getting new things to try. I used to keep way too much stuff but have managed to downsize my makeup (well, downsize for myself but it is definitely more than I need!)
Over the years I have tried so many different ways to organize my makeup; acyclic boxes, cabinets, clear shoe boxes. You name it, I tried it. But eventually I was so overwhelmed by having so much stuff that I didn’t use any of it! I would just grab whatever was on top. But I’ve cut it down to things I truly use along with things I’m testing and trying. Here are some tips that have worked for me and how I organize.
These inserts are a LIFESAVER! The Home Edit organized my home for me when I moved in and got these from The Container Store. You can mix and match the sizes and the depths so you can customize each drawer for exactly what you need. I have these same inserts in my kitchen and bathroom drawers as well.
Go through all of your makeup and beauty products and get rid of things. Look and see what is old that may be expired and toss it. For products you’ve tried but never ended up finishing, if it is able to be sanitized – give it to a friend. Only keep the things around you really use frequently so that your makeup isn’t cluttered with things you just may use some day.
“In each category, go ahead and toss any product that is damaged or expired. Next, look for any duplicates and set those aside to toss or give to a friend. As for the remaining items, it’s judgment day. Although you may think you need five lipsticks in the same color, it’s only taking up valuable real estate for products that you need regular access to.”
Now that you’ve got your inserts and you’ve gotten rid of anything you don’t need – its time to organize your stuff! The drawer that is the most used is where I keep my frequently used products – the stuff I grab for no matter what.
Then I like to have each area be its own category so when I am reaching for something I know exactly where it is, here is how I group them
- Primers and Mists
- Foundations, Concealers, Tinted Moisturizers
- Bronzer, Blush, Contour, Highlight
- Hair Tools
- Lashes and Nails
- Lip Liners, Lipsticks, Gloss and Balms
When I get new products in, I try and remove old products so when I add new items to try – I am not having more things but trading out old for new and always generally keeping the same amount of things in my makeup drawers.
I hope this helps when you tackle your makeup drawers!