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Unlocking Beauty Bliss:

A Guide on How to Organize Your Makeup Collection

Written by Melanie McConnell as part of or blog posting collaboration

Organizing your makeup collection can make your beauty routine more efficient and enjoyable. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to organize your makeup:

1. Gather Your Makeup:

Start by collecting all your makeup products from various drawers, bags, and storage areas. Lay them out on a clean, well-lit surface so you can see everything you have.

2. Sort and Declutter:

Go through your makeup items and separate them into three categories: keep, toss, and donate. Be ruthless about discarding products that are expired, damaged, or ones you no longer use or like.

3. Check Expiration Dates:

Make sure to check the expiration dates on your makeup products. Many cosmetics have a small symbol indicating the product's shelf life. Dispose of anything that's past its prime.

4. Clean Your Makeup:

Wipe down the exterior of your makeup containers with a gentle makeup wipe or a damp cloth. This will help keep your collection looking fresh.

5. Select Storage Solutions:

Choose the right storage solutions based on your makeup collection and available space. Some options include:

  • Makeup organizers with compartments and drawers

  • Clear acrylic containers for easy visibility

  • Magnetic boards or trays for organizing smaller items like eyeshadows and blushes

  • Brush holders or cups to keep your brushes upright and accessible

6. Organize by Categories:

Group your makeup products by category, such as:

  • Face (foundation, concealer, powder)

  • Eyes (eyeshadows, eyeliners, mascaras)

  • Lips (lipsticks, lip glosses, lip liners)

  • Brushes and tools

7. Arrange by Frequency of Use:

Place the makeup you use most often within easy reach. Store occasional or special-occasion items in less accessible areas.

8. Use Labels and Dividers:

Label your storage containers or drawers to identify what goes where. Use dividers or separators to keep items neatly organized within compartments.

9. Consider a Makeup Bag:

If you have a smaller collection, consider using a makeup bag for daily essentials. This makes it easy to grab and go when you're in a hurry.

10. Clean Your Brushes:

Regularly clean your makeup brushes and sponges to prevent product buildup and bacteria growth. Clean brushes make for better makeup application and a healthier complexion.

11. Set Up a Vanity or Beauty Station:

Designate a specific area in your home for your makeup routine, whether it's a vanity, a dedicated bathroom shelf, or a well-lit corner. Keep all your essentials within arm's reach.

12. Regular Maintenance:

Periodically review your makeup collection to declutter and remove expired items. Reorganize as needed to accommodate new additions.

With your makeup collection neatly organized, you'll have a more enjoyable and efficient beauty routine. Plus, you'll be able to see and use your makeup products more effectively.

Remember that the key to maintaining an organized makeup collection is regular maintenance and staying mindful of what you purchase. By following these steps and staying organized, you'll make your daily beauty routine a breeze.

Melanie McConnell is a Professional Organizer and the owner of Mello Spaces. A former elementary school teacher and a mom of 2 under 2 she helps families get organized. Check out her website and follow her on Instagram: @mellospaces

Florena Davies is a Professional Organizer and Owner of Organize by Flo. She helps individuals and families of all kinds achieve their organizational goals and create spaces that reflect their unique needs and lifestyles. Check out her website at and on Instagram @organizebyflo.

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