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17 genius ways to store your makeup, according to professionals

Keeping your cosmetics neat and tidy is easier than you think.
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Whether you're striving to be cleanlier or just have makeup brushes and lipstick and hundreds of other cosmetics strewn around, it may be time to get your vanity in order. The first step in maximizing your space is having a plan in place, which means it may be time to get yourself a makeup organizer or two.

We talked to two professional organizers about how to make the best use out of a makeup organizer, along with their favorites that'll fit practically any space. Whether you have a dedicated makeup vanity or rely on storing your beauty essentials under the sink or in the medicine cabinet, there's a storage solution for anywhere in your home.

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Vanity makeup organizers

Jerrybox 360-Degree Rotation Makeup Organizer

This product packs a big punch — it’s compact so it doesn’t take up a ton of space, but it provides a lot of storage. “It’s taller and rotates, which is a great way to take advantage of otherwise unutilized space (i.e. depth and height),” said Meghan Duplisea, founder of organizing service You, Organized in Boston. “The shelves are adjustable, as well, which allows you to customize the storage solution based on your belongings.”

You can accommodate taller foundation bottles, makeup brushes and eye shadow palettes — you name it, you can find a home for it on this organizer.

iDesign Clarity Stackable Makeup System

According to Lisa Jacobs, founder and CEO of Imagine it Done in New York City, makeup is one of the most challenging yet fun categories to organize in a bathroom. “Be sure to frequently check makeup expiration dates and purge any old or unused product,” she said. “If you use makeup frequently, find a place for it that is easy to access, whether on a countertop or in a drawer. Group makeup according to categories and/or frequency of use.”

This clear system from The Container Store offers modular pieces that can be combined in a variety of ways in order to be tailored to your organizational needs. “Clear stacking drawers categorize items while still allowing you to see what is inside, and the divided containers keep daily items within easy reach,” explained Jacobs.

STORi 6-Compartment Vanity Makeup Organizer

This solution is super convenient. “If you have a smaller makeup collection or have a fairly simple morning routine, this compartment is a great solution to keep everyday makeup contained and organized on the counter or in a cabinet without taking up a ton of space,” said Duplisea.

Made By Design Make-Up Turntable Beauty Organizer

“I cannot sing my praises of a lazy Susan enough,” exclaimed Duplisea. “I absolutely love them to help organize any space in your home. They are a great tool to help you access and take advantage of space that is difficult to reach, or organize a corner or counter space that lends itself to piles. With one simple spin, you have exactly what you need.”

iDesign Linus Divided Lazy Susans

For beauty products in particular, Duplisea recommends investing in a divided lazy Susan. “Each compartment can hold a different category (eye, face, lip, etc),” she said. “And the best part is that the circular compartment in the middle is perfect for holding makeup brushes.”

AmeiTech Makeup Organizer

“This rotating makeup organizer from Amazon is a beautiful and functional piece that allows you to see every item easily,” said Jacobs. “I love that every shelf is adjustable, making it completely customizable to your products.”

Ultimate Beauty Rotating Organizer

“This PB Teen rotating makeup organizer, available in a white finish, with compartments of various sizes, ensures room for all of your products with perfect visibility,” said Jacobs.

Makeup drawer organizers

The Home Edit by iDesign Organizer Bins

Organizer bins are a great, streamlined way to create categories,” said Duplisea. “These are useful to organize makeup in deeper drawers, larger bins, cupboards or medicine cabinets — containment is key, and these are a great tool to achieve that.”

The Home Edit by iDesign Expandable Drawer Organizer

This is a great solution if you are looking for simplicity. “This organizer comes in one piece and will expand to the width of your drawer to ensure you are utilizing the full space,” said Duplisea. “A few simple compartments allow for you to keep a tidy, clutter-free space.”

The Everything Drawer Organizers

These are a great option if you have the drawer space or prefer to keep counters clear. “I love drawer organizers because they are available in various materials,” said Duplisea. “They also provide the ability to customize based on the size of your drawers and the amount of product you own.”

Lipper International Bamboo Wood Drawer Organizers

Duplisea’s pro tip is to invest in museum gel. “Adhere to the bottom corners of the compartment, which will keep containers in place and will prevent them from sliding around the drawer,” she said.

Room Essentials Long Storage Trays

These only come in one size, so if you feel overwhelmed by the create-your-own drawer organizer sets, use these instead, suggested Duplisea.

Makeup organizers for under the sink

madesmart 2-Tier Organizer

“The area under the sink is often the most under-utilized space in the bathroom,” said Jacobs. “Without an organizational system, it easily becomes a dumping ground for things like cleaners, paper goods and inventory. Edit, edit and edit! If you don’t see it, you don’t know about it.”

Jacobs loves these Madesmart bins to make use of the vertical space under the sink. “Clear pull-out drawers contain a variety of items and provide easy, visible access to hard-to-find items,” explained Jacobs. “I recommend placing one on each side of the sink drainage pipe.”

The Home Edit by iDesign Large Drawer

“These clear drawers from The Container Store are not only stackable, but they also provide a flat surface top where additional items can be placed,” said Jacobs. “Wide and deep, the clear acrylic makes it easy to keep track of what’s inside.”

Like-It White Modular Drawers

“These modular drawers from The Container Store are a great solution for narrow under-sink storage,” said Jacobs. “Like the Madesmart bins, these can be placed and stacked on each side of the sink drainage pipe.”

Makeup organizing carts

Yamazaki Slim Rolling Bathroom Cart

If you have the space for it, a rolling cart is an easy way to add storage space in your bathroom without making fundamental changes, suggested Jacobs. Carts can hold extra paper products, cleaning supplies, heated hair tools, linens or back stock products.

“The Yamazaki rolling cart fits in most small spaces and provides discreet storage underneath with space above for display,” said Jacobs. “[It] can be oriented both outward or inward, depending on how frequently you access the storage.”

3-Tier Wire Rolling Cart

“This storage cart from Urban Outfitters is sleek and functional,” said Jacobs. “It features three shelves and plenty of storage space that can be combined with other products for easy maintenance.”

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