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Depending on how much makeup you use, it can become quite disorganized. With all of the different sizes and shapes it can be difficult to organize it all. This is a page about organizing your makeup.


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By 16 found this helpful
April 8, 2011

Do you go to discount or department stores to find a make-up bag to carry your make-up in your purse but don't want to spend an arm and a leg? Try an office supply store and you can find decorative pencil pouches with zippers and other compartments to fit your lip gloss, lotions, contact lens case, comb/brush, foundation compact or anything you carry to keep looking good.

I found one for $0.50 and it was very cute and had four pockets (2 zipper pouches and 2 mesh pouches) and keeps all of my cosmetic items organized and easy to find! It folds too and is easy to keep in my purse.

By CJ from Indianapolis, IN

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November 9, 2010

I have tons of make-up and samples that I just get for buying a lipstick at the dept store and I can't part with all this new make-up, even though I don't wear a lot of it. After getting a new job recently and wanting to look good in the morning, I am using some of it, but it takes me a half hour to find what I need, (i.e., the right moisturizer, the eyeliner, the blush, the mascara, the body lotion, the ped egg, the eyebrow brush, the lipliner, etc. and I do like to change colors.


So after searching high and low on the internet for an organizer that I can keep right on my desk (and not tipped over and spilling out in the fifty million free cosmetics bags they give you with the samples), I went to Home Depot and bought a good size wall mounting organizer with clear drawers and large trays.

I can't wait to start separating my brushes, hair products, etc. in it and to have it all in one place. I only hope it does not look obnoxious in my office. But then again, I can be creative with paint and marker pens and make it look pretty instead of the gray color that it. I'll let you know how it works out. The girls at the checkout thought it was a fantastic idea. If I didn't find this, I was really going to build myself one.

By gingthegardener from New York, NY

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By 3 found this helpful
January 11, 2011

I rush through my mornings and have found several ways to save time on makeup application.

The first is: Do not wear any. It's actually freeing.


But if you do want to wear it, I have my makeup in a little drawer under the sink that is removable. I can carry it into my room before our kids overtake the showers, and I have learned to apply makeup while holding the curling iron. It only takes a little practice to put on mascara with your right hand during the 10 seconds you are holding a curl with your left.

I have a mini-makeup bag in the car (NOT for while driving) for after I run carpool, in a parking lot, while my hubby is driving, and occasionally at stop signs. :)

Let's just say I do not read magazines in the restroom.

By Lori L from Minneapolis, MN

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September 3, 2008

I am always bothered that it takes me so long to put on my makeup, and realized finally that it was because it takes so long to find my items among the pile.

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By 2 found this helpful
May 12, 2017

If you ever have a few small powders or eye shadows that need organizing, you can use a small kids' craft container. It fits small compacts perfectly as well as brushes. You can also customize it with Washi tape or glitter.

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By 1 found this helpful
October 13, 2016

I use a lot of coupons. As a result of this, I get makeup for free or very inexpensively. I used to keep everything in one large bag, but it was hard to see what I had. I now separate my makeup into individual makeup bags.


You can also use plastic zip-top or slider bags as well. I now can easily see how much of each type of makeup I have, and, if I'm running low, can keep my eye out for a good sale.

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June 25, 20041 found this helpful

I found a way to organize my make-up that really works for me. Use a straight sided container the size you need, like a baby wipe box, and hot glue or duct tape small bottles and/or jars inside it.

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March 25, 20131 found this helpful

It's everywhere! Makeup storage in a female house is a problem. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.



April 1, 20130 found this helpful

I use a wicker suitcase (that's what it looks like). Its 12 x 8 x 4. I have smaller plastic trays inside to separate by type blush, eye, face etc.


Bought a square lipstick holder. A caboodles train case works well also. That way its all in one place, you can carry it to the bathroom, the kitchen etc.

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April 6, 20130 found this helpful

Well, depending on the amount of make-up everyone has, and the storage space available, there are multiple options. One of my favorites, however; is the good old, common tackle box. They come in a good variety of neutral shades, and are easily stored. Best of all, they come in just about every size you could need. The interior fold out racks are fantastic for sorting say, brushes from eyeliners, from lipglosses. They also come in a wide price range, but even the largest ones at 'big box' discount stores are rarely more than $30 or so, usually much less.


Now that warmer weather is arriving, and fishing is getting going, many stores put them on sale, so it's a great time to purchase one (also look for ones in sale around Father's Day). It's also fun that they can be customized with permanent markers, so each member of your household can decorate their own to their liking, avoiding confusion, and better yet-no sisterly squabbles over the rightful owner of that lip liner!

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By 0 found this helpful
January 6, 2012

Any suggestions for a makeup organizer that can hang on the wall? I've seen the acrylic ones that have drawers and are very large, but they're so expensive, well over $200! That's insane. I have a couple of small 5-drawer organizers that I use, but I can't hang those on the wall. Any ideas? I have so much makeup that I just want to be able to reach on the wall, because they take up precious counter space. Thank you.

By Pamela


January 7, 20120 found this helpful

You can buy ready made, wood type cabinets to hang on the wall, that have one shelf inside doors, and one shelf on the bottom. They are in the bath room area of discount stores and most likely home improvement stores - starting at about $50.00. Most people hang them above the toilet.

Maybe it is time to start downsizing your make up. All of my make up fits in a little basket about 3" x 8". I used to have a lot more, but as I have got older it is harder to see to apply make up without my glasses on. The basket is also where I keep my tweezers, a small scissors, etc. I have never used any skin care products, other than at night when I put lotion on my arms before going to bed, I rub some on my face and neck.

People that are meeting me for the first time say I look 10-15 years younger than my 71 years. In fact I had a young man tell me the other day, that he thought I was only in my forties.

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January 7, 20120 found this helpful

I've seen, on Pinterest, someone use wall-hanging containers, like mail organizers, planters, baskets, etc... Very nifty thrify!

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January 8, 20120 found this helpful

I've seen commercially made make-up and toiletries bags that hang from a shower curtain or hook on the wall, and I've seen people improvise with the less expensive see through wall hanging shoe bags.

I'm thinking about using some salvaged clear vinyl from bedding sets to make something like the shoe bags. One for me, one for my husband, to clear the clutter and get some organisation into the little bathroom we share:)

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February 24, 20190 found this helpful

Many of us could use some ideas for organizing our beauty products to make them easier to access. Try this simple solution by using a lazy Susan for beauty products.

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