{organizing with style} My Makeup Drawer

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Is your makeup a mess? It doesn't have to be! Today I'm sharing a few simple tips for keeping makeup organized in a drawer.


The first step to organizing any drawer is to empty it out completely. Once everything is out on the counter, begin sorting your makeup. The categories I selected were eyes, lips and face. 

Once I had my makeup sorted, I began to purge anything that was too old or that I just don't use anymore. I am never sure how long to keep certain types of makeup, so I consulted this guide from Makeup.com.


Makeup can make a big mess in your drawer, so it's a good idea to line your drawers, especially if they are wood. Lining drawers makes them easier to clean up, which is particularly helpful when you are dealing things that are powdery (like blush and eye shadow), as well as things that are sticky (like lip gloss). 

My drawers already have a smooth, easy to wipe up surface, so lining them was less necessary, but I couldn't pass up this fun black and silver leopard print liner paper.

I also find that lining drawers with pretty paper helps motivate me to stay organized. When I take time to make things pretty, I am more likely to put things back where they belong so that it continues to look nice.

Once you've sorted all of your makeup and determined your categories, it is imperative that you purchase appropriately sized containers to keep things organized within your drawer. If everything has a designated and separate space, it makes it quick and easy to find what you need and to put things away.

For bathroom drawers, my go-to containers are the Viola Drawer Organizers from The Container Store. And since I love to label, I pulled out my Cricut and quickly cut some silver labels for the bins in my makeup drawer {as well as all of my other toiletry drawers}.

Place your containers in your drawer, and then begin filling them up.

The "face" bin at the back of the drawer is where I put moisturizers, concealers, blush, and the brushes that I used for powder. The "lips" bin on the left holds lipstick, lip gloss and chapstick. The "eyes" in on the right contains eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow, and the brushes that I use for eyeshadow.

As you can see, I stacked and organized my makeup within the bins. I don't expect that it will always stay quite this neat, but as long as the makeup makes it back into the appropriate bins, I'll always be able to find what I'm looking for.

After organizing my makeup into the plastic bins, I was left with some extra space on the right side of the drawers. Every inch of a drawer is precious real estate, so I gave some thought to how to best use this remaining space.

To remove my makeup, I prefer Ponds Cold Cream and the Biore brand of makeup removal wipes, and I was pleased to find that my Cold Cream bottle and the refillable plastic container that I store the wipes in both fit perfectly in the back corner of the drawer.

I added a quick label to the top of the wipes container with some leopard washi tape and my trusty label maker.

I used the remaining space in the front right portion of the drawer for my two hair brushes.

Of course, your organized makeup drawer will look a bit different depending on the products you use, but hopefully these tips will help you get your space organized in a way that fits your needs.

Having organized toiletries drawers makes getting ready in the morning so much quicker! And who can't use a little extra time in their day? That's what organizing is all about - making life a little easier and saving time for more important things.

If you are looking for more bathroom drawer organizing tips, check out how I organize my nail polish in the drawer below my makeup!


  1. Great tips! I love an organized makeup drawer!
    House on the Way

  2. I love organization and your makeup drawers look great!


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