If you opened a beauty guru’s makeup drawer, what would you see? Well, depending on their level of organization, either a really lovely layout or a bit of a jumbled (but trying!) mess. But no matter what your makeup organization skills are, it’s important to know that there’s actually a science behind storing different types of products. And you can actually lengthen the life of your makeup by storing it a certain way. So, we’ve rounded up the six best tips we’ve acquired over the years to enhance the life of your products, no matter your style of makeup configuration.
Keep Your Brushes Upward
If there’s one makeup rule to always follow now and forever, it has to be storing makeup brushes upwards in a jar or round container. Not only will this protect the gentle bristles from accumulating any gunk, it will help save you money since you won’t have to repurchase brushes for years.
Flip Your Makeup Wipes
Another set of beauty products chock full of moisture? Makeup remover wipes. Like the other creamy products in your collection, these also do best stored upside down. This not only prevents them from drying out on the inside, it will also help keep the opening completely shut so that outside air won’t seep in.
Will a Real Set of Lipsticks Please Stand Up!
Lipsticks are the most precious makeup in our collection. To get the best life and use out of them, it’s important to keep them upright in an open container. Placing them sideways or upside down in a drawer might loosen — or worse — disfigure the bullet, so it’s vital that they’re stored the way they are meant to be: tall and proud.
Store Cream Shadows Upside Down
Ever wonder why your cream eyeshadows keep drying out? It may just be because you’re storing them the wrong way. Arranging your cream shadow pots upside down will help prevent moisture from escaping out of the jars, and will keep your paint pots fresh and velvety like they’re brand new. Also, never store any pigment-based cream in an area that’s too hot or too cold, as this may also be another cause dehydration.
Magnetize Your Loose Eyeshadow Pans
Many artistry makeup brands pride themselves on their amazing abilities to create thousands of eyeshadow shades and innovative ways to present them. Particularly, pan eyeshadows come in all different sizes and forms, but storing them can sometimes be impossible and messy. A little trick to store pan shadows is to cut magnetic tape into small squares and attach to the underside of the pans. Simply pop them into a Z-Palette or another flat magnetic holder and behold: You’ll have a killer new palette at the tip of your fingers.
Gel Liners Go Upside Down Too
Like cream shadows, gel liners are best stored upside down. Even better, store these babies next to your cream shadows as a reminder to always flip them after you close them.