I'm not someone who wears all that much makeup… and yet somehow I have piles of the stuff.
For a while, it was all over my dresser, stacked on shelves in a cramped hallway and stuffed in bags in my closet. So finally, holed up in my tiny apartment, I figured it was time to do a makeup clean out and store it neatly.
Here's my current makeup storage set up and some suggestions on how to organize your makeup when you live in a small space.
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Makeup Storage Ideas for Small Spaces
I have very few closets since I live in an old building.
I thought about storing the makeup in clear containers a la The Container Store on open shelving but decided that probably would look just as disorganized out in the open.
So instead, I decided to take up one of my dresser drawers as a makeup counter and neatly hide everything out of sight.
First I took inventory of what I had, threw out anything expired, and narrowed down my makeup to the stuff I actually use. I grouped everything by category and then started browsing makeup storage options.
Here's what I bought:
Bamboo Storage Boxes
I found these inexpensive bamboo boxes and bought a couple sets.
I think they were originally designed to hold kitchen utensils, but they do a great job for makeup too! The boxes are also sold individually here if you want to measure and fit your space dimensions more precisely.
I liked the look of bamboo boxes over clear acrylic as they match the wood interior of my dresser drawers. The nice thing about these sets is they're stackable too!
So if you have extra deep dresser drawers, you can double up a layer and slide the boxes around as you need.
The only thing I couldn't fit in the drawer? All my lipsticks.
So I picked up this clear lipstick tray to bring some peace and order to my lipstick and lipgloss collection. I like how the rows are tiered, stadium style, so you can still see all the lipsticks in the back.
I had to do quite a bit of purging to make everything fit in the 40 slots, but it now looks so much better!
Here's the end result…
From left to right, starting from the bottom row
- clean brushes
- used brushes
- primers + CC creams
- foundations + powder
I had a little extra space on the top left side, so that's where I put all my makeup setting sprays and brush cleaners, which wouldn't have fit in the boxes anyway.
While it's not quite on the level of a professional organizer, it's much neater than what it originally looked like!
In the future, if I want to buy something new, I'll stick to the “one in, one out” method so that I keep the stuff to a minimum!
DIY Makeup Organizer Ideas
I'm sure your home is laid out differently, so my solution might not work for you. But there's lots of great makeup organizers out there to tame even the most complicated beauty routine.
Here are some genius makeup storage and organizer containers for all price points – some are even great DIY options!
Stackable Makeup Organizer
The Container Store makes the best customizeable makeup storage because you can fully customize it.
But for more affordable options, Amazon has you covered. Check out:
You could get these clear brush holder containers to neatly organize your brush set and separate clean from dirty brushes.
Or you can DIY your own by cleaning out old candles and food jars. I reuse a lot of the condiment jars and kombucha bottles whenever they're made of glass.
Available on Amazon
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