Makeup Organizing and Storage
(with approval for reprint by Kammi, a The Chicago Organizer team member)
For many women who love makeup, it’s time to admit we have more beauty products than we will ever need or use. Here’s how to get that overflowing makeup stash under control.
First, let go of any old or expired products. Makeup does expire, and you don’t want to risk a skin reaction or an infection. As a general rule, powders may last 12-18 months, lipsticks 18-24 months, liquid foundation 12-18 months, and some eye makeup in as little as 3 months. (Source: Healthline.com). Check the jar symbol on the product label. It will tell you how many months it will last once it’s been opened. You should never keep a product more than 3 years, even if it’s unopened. An exception would be fragrances, which can last as long as 5 years.
Next, be selective in choosing which beauty products to keep. Be honest with yourself and only keep what you use, need, and love. If you have new products you haven’t tried yet, commit to using them in the near future. You’ll soon know if they are keepers.
To help make your morning beauty routine quicker and easier, store makeup by category, such as foundations and concealers, eyeshadow and eyeliner, lipsticks, and blush. It’s a good idea to store skin and body care products in a separate drawer or container from makeup. Makeup can be ruined by the moisture that these products contain.
Store your makeup in a way that looks attractive. Drawer organizers are a great storage solution, as you can see what you have at a glance. Use the drawers to separate your categories. You can also create smaller compartments in each drawer using internal dividers. Many pre-made dividers are available, but it’s also great to use containers you already have around the house, such as tins or glass jars. Place your most frequently used products at the front of the drawer for easy access. Always keep cases and storage containers clean. You should also be cleaning your makeup brushes regularly.
Going forward, to maintain your organized makeup collection, be choosy about the new items you bring in. Don’t take home free samples just because they're free. And avoid purchasing duplicates — which should be a lot easier now that your makeup is neat and organized.