Makeup storage tips

If I asked you where every single item of makeup was stored in your home, would you be able to tell me exactly where each item was located? Are some things in the bathroom, the bedroom, the handbag, and other items few and far between? I’m a big advocate of the saying “a place for everything and everything in its place”, so here are my top tips for storing makeup.


Invest in some storage item/s

It doesn’t have to be the latest and greatest $100 lipstick carousel tower or a custom built set of draws, but you do need something that works for the collection you have. If it all fits into one makeup bag, than one bag is all you need! Here are a few of my favourite places to purchase makeup storage from:

These little trays are my favourite way to store my powder compacts!

Make sure as much of your makeup is as visible as possible

If you can’t see it, will you know it’s there, and will you use it? For me the answer is no – I had palettes stacked on top of each other, and rarely reached for any that were more than one or two palettes down. I find dividers really useful for separating out compacts and palettes, while still all being in your line of sight.


Stack them in height order, so you can see them all at once!

Have some kind of grouping system

You can do this by item type, by brand and/or by colours, depending on your personal preference. I like to sort by the type of item, and then group them into brands. If your collection is fairly small, the grouping system isn’t essential, but will still help you keep track of what you own.


All of my glosses belong here, and are arranged by brand (ColourPop and Anastasia Beverly Hills)

Keep the space cool and dry

Aim for somewhere out of direct sunlight, and where the temperature remains relatively consistent. Avoid bathrooms and other places where humidity or temperature changes are an issue, as this will make your makeup go bad quicker. It’s also good to use some sachets to help keep moisture out of the space.

Use sachets like these to draw out moisture

Declutter your collection at least once a year

If it’s old and expired, toss it. If it’s unused/barely touched, pass it along to a friend or family member. Using some of the other storage tips will help you know what you reach for more often, and therefore make it easier to know what can stay or go. If you have a bigger collection, make decluttering a regular thing so you keep on top of what’s good (and not so good!)


Keep new products in their own space, that way if you don’t use them, you can easily find and pass them on!

I hope these tips helped give you some ideas on how you can start or improve your makeup storage. If you have any other suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!

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