How many times have you found yourself spending hours and hours searching for your favourite lipstick or eyeshadow and afterwards leaving your vanity in a total mess?
An impressive makeup stash can easily turn into a pile of clutter if you fail to properly organise and store your precious collection. While keeping all your beauty essentials in one place isn’t an easy task, there are makeup storage ideas that will help you organise your vanity like a pro!
To help you, this article shares 50 brilliant makeup storage ideas so you can save time and effort in maintaining a clutter-free vanity.
Clever Tips to Organise Makeup
Sort, sort, sort…
Organise makeup so that you won’t have to rummage through everything and waste time in finding one item. Create a beauty routine that’s systematic by grouping them accordingly, whether by brand, palette or type. This is a smart solution to get the makeup look you want especially when on the go, without wasting effort or time.
Labels offer amazing help to organise makeup. You can even create your own labels or colour codes. Apply them on the part of the makeup that is visible and you won’t have a difficult time accessing your makeup again.
Know what to discard
For a beauty junkie, parting with makeup, even if it hasn’t been used for long, is difficult. This often results to unnecessary hoarding and you’ll end up with waste before you know it. It’s best to know what can already be discarded or simply give away the cosmetics that you are rarely or no longer using.
Remember: Any makeup that you've had for more than 18 months, while 6 months for liquids used near the eyes, must be discarded.
Keep the basics within reach
Keep the basics handy! Things like foundation, primer, moisturiser, and natural beauty products are things that you use regularly. Oftentimes, you use the same shade/product. Why not keep them all together in a single organiser or separated from the other things in your vanity? The same way that you should keep your “special occasion” makeup in another storage.
Make the most of your space
To avoid chaos, you have to be inventive in making the most of your space. That means making use of what’s available to declutter your vanity. Use the inside door of your cabinet to hang up your tools or to add a hanging storage for your makeup.
Save money by repurposing
Save money by reusing bins, jars, empty jars, and even school and kitchen supplies! You’d be in for a great surprise to know how they can be used to organise your makeup.
50 Makeup Storage Ideas
Want to eliminate the clutter that has become a typical part of your beauty routine? Here are 50 life-changing makeup storage ideas that will help you organise your beauty essentials!
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Do you often deal with the clutter on your vanity? Forget the worries. Here are 50 makeup storage ideas to organise your beauty essentials!
Be Artsy with Jars!https://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/16.jpg
Be artsy in displaying your brushes. Using clear jars or mason jars and your sharpie pen, add your artwork on the jar and voila! A custom-made brush holder to organise your makeup vanity.
Mount those Mason Jarshttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/19.jpg
Here’s another mason jar trick: Mount them on walls and add a rustic design. This will create a stylish holder for your makeup essentials, while leaving more free space on your vanity. Homedit.com shows how to get it done.
A Shoe Organizer to Clear the Clutterhttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/23-1.jpg
Clear your vanity from clutter. Your hanging shoe organiser can be repurposed to hold your stash. Simply hang it behind the door and your stocks are safe and perfectly organised without using too much space.
Got a spare sunglasses holder? Don’t throw it away. It can be the perfect case to organise your makeup and hold your brushes especially while travelling. Here's an example from Cosmopolitan.com.
Candle Jars Make Beautiful Brush Holdershttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/8-1.jpg
Find good use for the empty but luxurious home scent holders. You can turn them into brush and cosmetics holders and look just as great--or even better, than the beauty jars that you can buy in stores.
Vases aren't Just for Flowershttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/14.jpg
A simpler way to organise your makeup is by using flower vases. They will surely look just as good if you will use it to hold your brushes, instead of your favourite flowers.
Mix and Match!https://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/15-1.jpg
Do you often end up with a cosmetics mess in mixing and matching makeup palettes? Get rid of the clutter by creating your own makeup palette. PrettyLittleDetails.com shares with you the steps to get this done.
Stick Your Brushes in Bean-Filled Jarshttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/17.jpg
Not feeling artsy? No worries! Get your clear jar and fill it with coffee beans or beads to create a crafty holder where you can stick in your makeup brushes.
There's a Smart Way to Keep Your Bobby Pinshttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/10.jpg
Bobby pins are so handy, but oftentimes you lost them the minute you remove them. Be more organised by making sure that they won’t end up everywhere. A magnetic tape is all you need. Bowsweet Blog shares some ideas on how to get this done.
Decorate Your Glasshttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/18.jpg
Another way to keep your makeup and brushes organised is by simply using a tall glass for your stuff. Fill it with salt, beans, beads, or decorate it in whatever way you want to have a classy makeup brush holder!
Keep it Simple with a Tiered Storagehttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/24.jpg
Just when you feel hopeless in sorting out which go with what and how to keep them that way, a tiered makeup storage can be all you need. Use each level according to how you want to categorise them. One good idea is to use each level for Daytime, Nighttime and All-Day essentials. Here's an example from Homedit.com
DIY Nail Polish Box Preserves Your Collectionhttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/30.jpg
With nail art becoming more popular, you must already have a huge collection of nail polish. Cut the clutter with a DIY nail polish box. Learn how to get it done from NailDesigns.com.
Depotting is the Answerhttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/20.jpg
If what you are after is the convenience of getting all your favourite makeup in one container, depotting is the answer! It creates more space in your makeup bag and best of all, you’ll get all the shades you need in one package.
A Candle Jar Pyramid Saves Spacehttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/9-1.jpg
Another way to use empty scented candle jars is by turning them on their sides and using a glue to keep them together. Create a pyramid out of these jars and you’ll be surprised to see how much counter space you can save. LifestyleAnn.com shares some ideas that you have to know.
There's a Smart Use for a Pencil Casehttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/22-1.jpg
Another keeper is a pencil case. You may no longer need it, but it can still be the best place to secure your makeup brushes and keep them dust-free.
A Big Brush for Your Brusheshttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/25.jpg
What works better with your brushes than a bigger brush? This is a very creative idea that will add some style to your vanity and the main thing that you’ll need is a large rectangular brush to hold the smaller makeup brushes. Homedit.com will show you how to get this done.
Candle Holder for Your Lippieshttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/32.jpg
When all the candles are used, you can still find great use for their holders. There’s no reason to keep them away from view as they’d make great storage for your precious lippies!
Save Space with a Hanging Makeup Storagehttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/35.jpg
Have you tried using a hanging makeup organiser, only to end up disappointed because not all your beauty tools will fit? Skip the frustration especially if you can do it yourself! Here’s a tutorial from All Women'sTalk.com to get you started.
Keep Your Makeup in Sight with a Wire Baskethttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/33.jpg
Got a wire basket? This can be a very handy storage to organise your vanity. Use it to keep your beauty essentials in sight. You can see through it so finding the one you need should be a breeze!
Secure Your Makeup with Fabrichttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/40.jpg
Not a fan of leather? A fabric brush holder is the right one for you. This will help you save space while keeping your beauty tools safe and perfectly organised. Craftsy.com has the patterns to guide you in creating your own makeup storage.
Big Mugs are Not Just for Coffee Lovershttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/34.jpg
Coffee addict? The big mugs that you are no longer using can be used not only for your favourite beverage. Place them in your vanity and they’ll be perfect to house your daily beauty needs.
Old Boxes are Still Usefulhttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/47.jpg
Are there still empty boxes in your house from the gifts you opened last Christmas? You’ll thank yourself for not throwing them away. They would be the perfect makeshift dividers that will organise your makeup collection and keep everything tidy. Here’s an example from ModernBohemianLifestyle.com
Neatly Stacked Makeup Organizer for Your Vanityhttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/38.jpg
Want everything neatly stacked on your vanity table? Display them and keep everything in view by using transparent desk organisers.
Recycle Plastic Bottleshttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/42-1.jpg
Here’s an eco-friendly way to organise makeup. Repurpose coloured plastic bottles by cutting them in half or up to a size that you prefer. They’d make an eco-friendly solution to keeping your vanity clean and clutter-free.
A Magnetic Board Does the Trick!https://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/5.jpg
Beauty junkies, a magnetic board that showcases your beauty essentials is the perfect fit for you. Assemble your favourite makeup and cosmetics on a board or frame for you to see and easily use. Check out the DIY tutorial from Seventeen.com.
Lights are Essential!https://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/44.jpg
One simple trick that should not be overlooked when organising your makeup storage or vanity is to make natural light available in your ‘work station’. Just like the celebs, you will be more inspired to look beautiful with a good lighting. It also works really well in making sure that you’ll find everything you need.
Make Room for a Straw Dispenser in Your Vanity!https://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/2.jpg
Think that there’s no place for a straw dispenser in your room? Wait ‘til you repurpose it to hold your makeup brushes. Not only will it be a convenient storage, it will also ensure that your brushes are dust-free!
Keep Your Makeup Storage Fancy!https://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/45.jpg
Do you fancy things that sparkle and shine? A glittery makeup holder would be perfect for you. Keep it simple and fun to do. Here’s a tutorial from MelissaKaylene.com that will make your vanity look prettier and fancier!
Wood for Your Brusheshttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/43.jpg
Another clever idea, especially for nature lovers is to use a piece of wood and drill holes in it for an instant brush holder that is classy and simple. Just perfect for every vanity!
Vintage and Classy Never Failhttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/46.jpg
Keep your makeup storage classy with a vintage tray. It will look perfect on your vanity especially to display bottles of perfume and cute cosmetics.
Use the Space Under the Bedhttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/48.jpg
Once your makeup collection has already grown and you can’t fit everything on your vanity, all you have to do is use the available space under your bed. A shoe organiser can be used to fit everything. This way everything is in order and easily accessible.
Clip them Together!https://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/50.jpg
Got a few amount to spend? Groundbreaking makeup clips are already available to hold your cosmetic pens and keep them together. Ellis Faas makeup clips allow easy transport and storage of your makeup essentials--totally avoiding inconvenience!
Dinnerware Looks Greathttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/49.jpg
A nice dinnerware will look good on any table--even on your vanity. Can’t believe it? Here’s a simple tutorial from Designs by Studio C that will help you turn old dinnerware into a nice piece of makeup storage for your vanity.
Ice Trays Fit in Your Drawerhttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/13.jpg
Take the ice trays out of the freezer! Find a new place for them in your vanity by using them as makeup holders. Blush, foundation and eyeshadow guarantee to look good in it while allowing you to choose the right colour just by looking.
Put Cosmetics on Your Cake Standhttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12.jpg
Another kitchen utensil that will find a perfect spot in your vanity is a cake stand. Organise your makeup on it. It’s like putting on the spotlight the ones you love best. Yum!
Cutlery Organizer for Your Makeuphttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/11.jpg
Who says that a cutlery holder has no place in your vanity? It has and it can be the solution to the clutter that you keep hidden in your drawer!
Keep it Easy with a Bar Carthttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/3.jpg
Looking for a movable makeup organiser? A bar cart will make a suitable option. Arrange your beauty essentials neatly so you can transfer everything from one point to another with so much ease. Check out this example from Cosmopolitan.com
Revolving Cosmetics Rackhttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/7.jpg
Do you often end up with a mess full of your beauty essentials after your morning routine? Get rid of the mess by using a revolving spice rack. Just turn it to find your lotion, moisturiser, toner and more!
Wine Rack for Your Beauty Bottleshttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/6.jpg
Is your wine rack often empty? Give it a new purpose by turning it into a hairspray holder. You will surely love how it offers a new option to arrange and display your thing so you can say goodbye to the clutter made by bulky cans!
Use a File Organizer for Your Makeuphttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/1.jpg
Having a hard time flipping through your makeup palettes? Why not use a file organizer that makes it a lot easier to store and find your essentials.
Yummy Cosmetics Jarhttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/4.jpg
Make candy jars sweeter! Fill them with your nail polishes and you can have a colourful masterpiece that’s worthy of being displayed.
A Sushi Mat to Tidy Things Uphttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/41.jpg
Want to be extra creative? A sushi mat is just another way to keep your brushes and travel light. Use an elastic so you can insert your tools, roll it and voila! You’re good to go with a nice travel kit.
Leather is the Way to Organisehttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/39.jpg
A small piece of leather can do amazing things. Organise makeup brushes using this material. All you have to do is to create pairs of slits on the leather where you can easily insert your tools. Roll it and tie with a ribbon or cord to have a travel kit for your brushes.
Get Rid of the Clutter with Plastic Trayshttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/37.jpg
Kitchen containers surely have their place in your vanity. Collect food containers and neatly arrange them to line your drawers. They work perfectly fine to store sponges, cotton pads/balls, makeup and so much more!
Loaf Pans can Sort Ithttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/36.jpg
Whether you are into baking or not, it’s time to collect some mini loaf pans. They are the perfect size to fit inside your drawer so you can neatly arrange your cosmetics.
Cut the Clutter in Halfhttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/31.jpg
A little carpentry skill and some used wooden bowls can be what you’ll need to clear the clutter in your vanity. Simply cut the bowl in half and mount on the wall to create beautiful wall pockets that are perfect to hold your beauty essentials.
Hang 'em Up!https://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/27.jpg
Another way to spruce up your hot tools is to add a few hooks behind the cabinet door. Just tidy up their cables then hook ‘em up to so they’ll be ready to use anytime, while completely keeping them hidden from view.
Lantern Jars Brighten Up Your Vanityhttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/28.jpg
Are there lantern jars at home that you are no longer using? Clean ‘em up and use them to store cotton pads, brushes and small beauty products to brighten up your vanity.
Gardening Pots for Your Vanityhttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/29.jpg
Next time you go shopping don’t miss the gardening aisle. Even if you are not a gardener, you will find plant pots very appealing--not to grow flowers or veggies, but to store and organise makeup.
Magazine Rack for Your Toolshttps://www.alyaka.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/26.jpg
Can’t find the perfect haven for your bigger beauty tools? A magazine rack may be all that you need to keep everything in its place, including its wires that pose safety risks.
Do you know other brilliant makeup storage ideas? Share it in the comments section below!