Beautiful Disaster: How to Easily Organize Your Beauty Products

beauty organization Us girls love our makeup, but no one likes to deal with a cluttered bathroom vanity. (And let’s be honest… many of us are dealing with a hoarder-like collection of products.)

Get your beauty organization on with these easy-to-use tips. 

1. Pick your favorites.

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If you’re like most women, there’s a pretty good chance you have so many products that you don’t even know what you own. (Right?)

Take a couple of hours one day to set every single makeup, skincare, and haircare product out in front of you so that you can see your beauty collection in its entirety.

You’ll probably discover you have a ton of stuff that you rarely use, specific products you rely on everyday, and multiple items that serve the same purpose (20 brown eyeshadows, anyone?)

Bonus: You’ll also probably find a few products you forgot you had.

2. Divide and conquer.

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Beauty organization begins with division.

Divide your beauty pile into specific sections to keep similar products together.

Start with broad groupings for your lips, eyes, and face, and then break those groups down by specific types of products: lip liners, lipsticks, and glosses, for example.

Either place each group in its own drawer divider, or create your own storage system with small drawer units or stackable boxes instead.

3. Spruce up your vanity.

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If your vanity tends to stay cluttered, spend a little money on a basket or mirrored tray that can hold your daily essentials.

Buying something you love makes beauty organization way more fun (and it gives your home decor a pretty touch).

4. Streamline your storage.

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Make the most of cabinets and drawers by using trays and dividers.

These handy storage solutions keep everything grouped together for instant access, and they make it easy to put things back where they belong.

5. Check for doubles.

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Back to those 20 brown eyeshadows for a moment. It’s fine to have a favorite type of makeup that you know works for you, but there’s no reason to have 100 nude lipsticks and black eyeliners.

If you do have a ton of duplicates, it’s a sure sign that you’re not throwing makeup products away on a timely basis. Which brings us to….

6. Toss expired products.

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Your palettes may still look pretty, but it pays to be on the lookout for expiration dates.

Here are some general guidelines courtesy of Huffington Post:

  • Eyeliner: 6 months to 1 year
  • Mascara: 3-6 months
  • Blush, eyeshadow, and other powder cosmetics: 1-2 years
  • Foundation: 6 months to 2 years
  • Lipstick: 2 years
  • Natural products: 3-6 months

7. Label everything.

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Beauty fanatics have a hard time keeping everything organized, because there are so many essentials out there.

Brow pencils, pencil sharpeners, face primers, cream blush, powder blush, highlighter, bronzer, brushes, and concealer… to name but a few.

Your best bet? Create storage compartments with labels on the front so that you know exactly what each drawer holds.

Consider making specific labels for special occasion makeup that you rarely wear or beauty tools that need their own space.

8. Keep replacements on hand.

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A girl can’t ever be without her favorite foundation or mascara, so it’s smart to keep a replacement on hand when you know your go-tos are getting low.

Designate one storage compartment just for those replacement products so that you’ll know what you have “in stock” and can re-order as needed.

9. Shop smarter.

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It’s tempting to buy a $2 clearance item over a $35 prestige product, but it’s more important to consider the overall value of each item instead.

Will that pricey item last longer, look better, and not break you out? Will that cheap product get one or two wears at most?

If you want to get serious about beauty organization, shop for items you’ll actually use, and don’t be afraid to spend more on products that offer better results overall.

10. Maintain your collection.

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Make it a point to organize your beauty collection once a month to toss out any expired products, and take an inventory of items that need re-stocked.

You’ll keep your stash in excellent condition with minimal upkeep.

What’s your beauty organization strategy?

Lesley Sheridan is a high-maintenance fashion, beauty and lifestyle writer who thinks she’s low-maintenance. (Yes, she stole that line from When Harry Met Sally.) In addition to writing for The Local Lifestyle, her work regularly appears on Zenni Optical and Slickdeals. Make her day by sending her a tweet.

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