Edit and discard. As someone who ruthlessly edits her closet, the same holds true for my makeup. I don’t believe in makeup taking up valuable space if I don’t use it or love it. Unorganized makeup tends to be dirty makeup and products languishing away at the back of a forgotten drawer can go bad before you get a chance to use them. Remove every item of makeup and appraise it accordingly-toss anything you don’t use or makeup that has gone bad and expired. If you have any products from M.A.C. set them aside to be recycled. For every six original M.A.C. container you recycle, you can receive a free lipstick, lipglass, or eye shadow of your choice (*note* Viva Glam products are not eligible for recycling or for your free item). For more information on makeup expiration dates read Clean House.
Prime real estate. Heat and humidity are the destroyers of cosmetics and perfume. If you have ever left a beloved lipstick in the hot confines of your car you know this to be true. Bathroom cabinets and closets may be convenient but a dresser drawer in the bedroom or a shelf in the hall closet is ideal.
Divide and conquer. Separate your makeup by occasion-what you use on a daily basis, and your special occasion makeup and ala carte items. You want your daily makeup favorite’s front and center at your fingertips, ready to go. I like to organize my makeup in clear plastic bins and organizers specifically designed for cosmetics whenever possible. The Container Store is a makeup aficionados dream. You can also use shallow, low containers made for silverware, or simply use a drawer lined with a drawer liner or shelf paper.
Like with like. I group all my like products together: powders, bronzers, blushes, concealers, primers, lipstick and lipglosses. For lipsticks and lipglosses, I store them upside down so their shade name is visible. To keep things streamlined, I always prefer eye shadows in pan form to keep in palettes organized by different looks, i.e. day colors and evening colors. I also know makeup artists that divide their eye shadow palettes by colors, i.e. greens; blues, etc. select whichever method you prefer. Lip pencils and eye pencils can be separated and stored in pretty glasses or old candle votives. When I worked at M.A.C. we organized the products behind the displays and schematics in glass beakers and the efficient and functional aesthetic has stayed with me.
Brush basics. Some people like to store their makeup brushes in upright cups or safely tucked away in a brush roll or belt (yours truly). Whichever method you prefer is fine, so long as your makeup brushes are kept out of the high humidity of the bathroom. For more on brush care read How To: Care for Your Makeup Brushes.
Keep it clean. Makeup can get messy easily so be sure and keep makeup remover or baby wipes nearby. For stubborn spills I swear by Goo Gone. It smells like citrus scented turpentine but it works! Make a habit of wiping your products down and keeping them organized. Straighten up on a lazy Sunday to clean up after the busy weekend and prepare for the week ahead.
All the extras. To make applying your makeup even more painless and efficient keep the following items close by: makeup remover wipes, garbage can, Q-tips, coffee filters, rubbing alcohol, pencil sharpeners, tweezers, tissues, velour puffs, hair ties and clips. The aforementioned steps may look like a lot but it will help keep your makeup necessities clean and organized and get you out the door faster. Or allow you to sleep in longer.
How do you store your cosmetics? Do you keep your makeup organized and clean? Are any of you still using a Caboodle?
P.S. Kim Kardashian’s makeup storage is perfect except it’s stored in her bathroom.