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How to Organize Makeup

Updated on September 17, 2014

Makeup Organization Ideas

Are you looking for a little inspiration or advice on how to organize makeup?

Or maybe suffering from the winter blues and looking forward to warmer weather. Since your stuck inside anyway, now is the time to tackle that messy disorganized makeup drawer.

I know you have acquired an enormous amount of makeup and you are having a very difficult time finding that purple eyeshadow you bought last fall.

After you read some of my Makeup storage ideas your life will be decluttered once and for all. And you will be able to find that long lost purple eyeshadow you have been seeking.

Makeup is something we all use everyday and sometimes more than once day. Makeup organization is one of those areas which deserve attention to get it right. Just being able to find what you are looking for will help you get ready faster and feel so much better.

Follow along and let me show you how to organize that makeup once and for all and show you a few tools to help you stay decluttered.

Photo: ScottieRock - How to Organize Makeup

Out with the OLD!

Makeup Expiration Dates

Is your makeup expired?

You may not want to hear this but some of that makeup you have been holding on to for years may be expired.

Now your probably thinking...expired?

Yes, unfortunately makeup does expire.

The other important fact about makeup is bacteria. Bacteria builds in up in makeup and can cause skin breakouts or pinkeye so it is very important to go through your makeup and toss the old stuff.

You can check the expiration date of your cosmetics by the batch code. The batch code shows what date a product was manufactured. The code is usually printed directly on the bottom of the container or on the packaging.

There are a few sites which allow you to put the batch code in and it will show you the expiration date.

Or the easier method is to follow the general rules of Makeup Expiration by the experts. I have created a chart below to help you determine which products may be expired and should be thrown away.

Makeup Expiration

Guide for when to toss that old Makeup


4 months - Mascara expires quickly and it is important to replace your mascara in a timely fashion to avoid eye infections. Also to avoid your mascara from drying out, do not pump it in and out of the tube, this only adds air into it which will dry it out. Pump once and apply if you need more, just pump again.  

Lipstick & Lip Gloss

2 years - However if it smells funny, it is not good anymore. Lipsticks go rancid when they get old.

Foundations and Concealers 

1 year - Water based Foundations expire faster than Oil based foundations, which will last 18 months.

Powders & Shadows 

18 months - A good tip for those broken and crumbling eye shadows. Just add add a few drops of rubbing alcohol and press firmly into eyeshadow pan.

Gels & Cleansers

1 year

Cosmetic Chest - 7 Drawers Acrylic Chest

This seven drawer chest is great for organizing all those cosmetics which are thrown into your drawer. The clear acrylic makes it super easy to find the smallest necessity.

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This multi drawer chest will surely organize all your makeup in a super sleek and neat way.


Expired Makeup

Did you know that Makeup has an expiration date?

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Makeup Expiration Date! - What to Keep What to Toss!

Makeup and Bacteria
Makeup and Bacteria

Beauty So Clean

Healthy Makeup which lasts longer

Bacteria is everywhere and especially our hands. Beauty So Clean is your number 1 defense against bacteria and germs from your makeup without changing it or drying it out.

The Beauty So Clean system makes it easy to sanitize your makeup everyday.

In the picture to the right, you see two compacts, the one on the top was disinfected daily with Beauty So Clean and the bottom one was not. You can plainly see the difference.

1. Beauty So Clean Sanitizer Mist

Cleaning is so easy. Simply hold about 6 inches from your makeup product and spray. A fine mist will be applied to your makeup and you are finished. It will dry very quickly and ensures your makeup is free and clear from bacteria and ready for the next time you need it.

2. Beauty So Clean sanitizer wipes

Beauty So Clean sanitizer wipes are for Mascara, Lip Stick & Lip Glosses. These need to be cleaned.

Imagine eating and then applying some lip gloss to your lips. Your lips contain bacteria which now was picked up on the lip gloss applicator and when you push it back into the tube you have now contaminated the entire product.

By wiping the applicator with a Beauty So Clean sanitizer wipes you remove any bacteria and avoid contaminating the entire product. As far as Mascara goes, do you get those clumps on your wand which end up on your eyelashes. What a mess! Beauty So Clean wipes will remove this. By cleaning your mascara wand after each use, you will never have a build up and your mascara is bacteria and germ free.

3. Beauty So Clean Conditioning Brush Cleaner

Brushes are a wonderful way to apply makeup and the most sanitary. However, those brushes do have to be cleaned. Beauty So Clean Brush Conditioner is your answer. Simply spray some Beauty So Clean Brush Cleaner onto your brush and brush onto a paper towel. The brush will dry in a few seconds. Easy as that.

Help your Makeup Last Longer - Beauty So Clean

Do you worry about bacteria on your makeup or have you suffered from an eye infection. They are no fun at all. These products listed below will not only extend the shelf life of your makeup but will make them bacteria and germ free.

BeautySoClean Cosmetic Sanitizer 8.5 oz (250 ml)
BeautySoClean Cosmetic Sanitizer 8.5 oz (250 ml)

Just a mist over your makeup to Keep it bacteria and germ free!


What kind of Makeup Storage Plan do you have?

My messy Makeup Drawer
My messy Makeup Drawer

Well, I must admit I kind of just toss it in and hope for the best. While my makeup storage is definitely not the most disorganized, it certainly is messy.

What does your makeup storage area look like right now?

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Divide & Conquer

How to Organize Makeup

and Keep it that WAY!

Now that you have tossed your expired or old makeup, we can move on.

  • Look it over again and think about the last time you used that shade. If you answered, last year. Then you know what is next. TOSS it! Remember we are decluttering our lives. If you do not use it, GET RID of IT!
  • Next, you will need to separate all the items and put the similar ones together. All lipsticks, brushes, eye shadows and so on together. This is how we will be storing the makeup so it is easy to find and PUT AWAY again after you use it. That's right we need to put it back where we got it. This is important or you will be right back where you started and all this hard work will go down the drain.
  • Do you have a plan of where you would like to keep your makeup?
  • You can keep it on your vanity, if you have room by using one of the Clear Cubes with Drawers. They look nice and keep all your makeup right at your fingertips. I have several of these list below. They come in 5, 4 or 3 drawer models and and the Kardashian makeup organizer as seen on the Kardashians. Kim claims her mother had them made for all the girls through a tweet. But, the 5 drawer cube I have listed looks to be the exact same one. You can see for yourself since I have included a picture of Kourtney Kardashians Makeup organizer.
  • Some people like me, prefer to store makeup in drawers with a drawer organizer.
  • Okay now you have a plan! Lets GO!

Makeup Storage Ideas for Drawers - Organizing Makeup in Drawers makes it so neat!

Imagine, Opening up your drawer to see all your makeup neatly sorted and organized. Now isn't that a sight to see!

Makeup Organizational Ideas

DIY Makup Storage - Brush Makeup Storage

how to organize makeup
how to organize makeup

Brushes posh a problem since you need that specific brush and need to be able to find it fast. Here is a great solution on how to organize makeup brushes in a cute way.

DIY Makeup Storage for Brushes

Find a suitable container to hold your brushes, one which you like because it will be most likely sitting out on your vanity. I used a clear floating candle vase I had laying around collecting dust. I like using something clear so you can see whats inside.

So what is inside? Well, I used yellow glass pebbles, I had laying around, which I most likely have overpaid for at Pottery Barn. But you can use anything. How about some dried beans, sand, gravel or anything small and colorful. Look around your house, you are bound to find something you can use. Otherwise head over to a craft store and your head will spin with all the options available.

Once your container is filled, stick the makeup brushes in and your done. I think this is the easiest project you will ever do.

Cubes, Trays & Drawers

Kardashian Makeup Organizer - Makeup Collection and Storage

Drawer Acrylic Cube Makeup Organizers are great to store all your makeup. The drawers make it so easy to get what you need. The Acrylic Cube Makeup Organizer comes with dividers to organize your makeup. The top has a flip up lid to access those most commonly used items.

Kardashian Makeup Organizer - Acrylic Cube Makeup Organizer

Kardashian Makeup Organizer
Kardashian Makeup Organizer

Here is a clip of The Kardashians showing the Acrylic Cube Makeup Organizer. I guess if it is good enough for the Kardashians, it must be good enough for us.

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Do you have any tips or advice on organizing and storing makeup? I hope my article has helped those who are clueless in their pursuit for how to organize makeup or may have needed a little inspiration to get the job done. Good luck and Happy decluttering.

Please share any makeup organizing ideas you may have.

Thanks and have a great day!

How Do You Organize Makeup? - Tips for Makeup Storage

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    • Scotties-Rock profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @kerryhrabstock: I prefer drawer organization myself. I like to keep my countertops free so it is easy to clean. :)

    • kerryhrabstock profile image


      5 years ago

      When we remodeled our bathroom (lens still to come), I had tons of drawers put in and bought drawer organizers for all of them. Greatest system for me.

    • Scotties-Rock profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @Ramkitten2000: I know the expiration date came as a shocker to me too! Thanks for the visit!

    • Scotties-Rock profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @Scraps2treasures: Thanks so much for the blessing! Yes, the makeup expiration date was news to me too, I discovered this info when I was writing this lens. As embarrassing as it may sound, I found some makeup which I think that I may have had before my children were born. And my oldest is 18. LOL

    • Scraps2treasures profile image


      5 years ago

      Excellent tips - especially about throwing out old makeup. You have inspired me to clean out my makeup drawer! Blessed.

    • Ramkitten2000 profile image

      Deb Kingsbury 

      5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      For someone who is very organized in so many ways, makeup is one area where I just throw it all in a little zippered bag. Then again, I don't have all that much of it. What I do have, though ... seeing your section about expired makeup ... is probably long since expired. Still seems to work and look fine, but I know it's way out of date. I honestly never really think about that. Yikes!


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