24 Genius Ways to Keep Your Makeup Organized and Clutter-Free

March 21, 2023
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
A person holds up a lit-up mirror and applies blush to their cheek with makeup brushes stored in plastic organizers in the background

It probably goes without saying, but we Makeup.com writers and editors have a mild obsession with beauty products. To stay sane as our makeup collection steadily increases, we're constantly searching for clever ways to keep our products organized and clutter-free. Ahead, we've shared some ideas and inspo for how to store makeup brushes, lipstick, eyeshadow palettes and more — from spacious train cases with dividers to DIY hacks you'll wish you had thought of sooner.

The Best Makeup Organizer and Storage Ideas

Organizer Trays

It's all too easy for the drawers of your vanity to turn into a cluttered mess, but organizer trays of varying shapes and sizes help keep it all contained. Pro tip: Be sure to measure your drawers before adding trays to your shopping cart so you can buy the perfect size and number to cover the full extent of the space.

Woven Baskets

If your decorating style tends to be more lowkey, pick up a few woven baskets to store your makeup in. 

A Marble Tower

This two-tiered marble and gold tray provides a chic surface for you to display your fragrances, foundations and more.

Storage Crates

These stackable storage crates are perfect for storing your skincare products.

Drawer Inserts

If your eyeshadow palettes are piling up, consider organizing them with sectioned drawer inserts. It will make it much easier to keep track of every palette you own — and ensure they all get an equal amount of love.

A Train Case

Do you prefer to keep your makeup zipped away in a bag? Try a train case with dividers. It'll keep you from having to dig to find specific products and will also prevent leaks, spills or breaks since it's all so neatly packed.

Acrylic Organizers

Whether your collection is *this* extensive or not, the photo below makes a strong case for sticking to acrylic containers. We love how this content creator not only organized by makeup category, but also got creative separating them by colors.

An Organizer With Drawers

This chic makeup organizer is small enough to go on your dresser or vanity, but it has its own built-in drawers, so you can keep everything in its proper place. It has slot compartments on the top for lippies and makeup brushes.

Bamboo Trays

If your taste in decor skews more minimalist and natural, you’ll love these stunning bamboo trays. Just get as many as you need and stack them on top of each other.

Mounted Cabinets

A mounted storage unit on your bathroom wall is a great option if you have a more extensive collection of beauty products and toiletries. Not only is there plenty of storage space, but it enhances the look of your bathroom. 

A Mini Tabletop Cabinet

How cute is this mini cabinet? With drawers to organize your different products, this adorable and convenient organizer would make a great addition to your dresser or vanity.

PVC Makeup Bags

Store your makeup like a pro makeup artist with PVC bags. The best thing about these makeup bags is how easy they are to clean. 

Colorful Organizers

Colorful rotating organizers fit makeup brushes, lipsticks, eyeliners and more. Get a couple in matching colors for a stylish monochromatic look. 

A Ladder Shelf

If you have enough room in your bathroom, a ladder shelf like the one in this post is a cute way to maximize storage space. 

Bamboo Drawer Dividers

Use bamboo trays like these to divide and organize your drawers, rather than having to dig through a pile every time you’re looking for your favorite mascara.

A Marble-Patterned Makeup Organizer

Your makeup storage system doesn’t need to be purely functional. The marble design on the sides of this case elevates it above a basic plastic or acrylic organizer.

Painted Mason Jars

Upcycled mason jars can be used to store tons of different things, including makeup and makeup brushes. Plus, painting and decorating them is a fun activity to do with friends!

Mirrored Organizers

These mirrored organizers will match any room decor scheme. Get one big one, or mix and match a few of different sizes.

A Caboodle

Calling all ’90s kids! This sweet pink caboodle case gives us all of the nostalgic vibes. 

A Rotating Organizer

If you want to keep your products out of your vanity, a rotating organizer is a smart way to prevent disorderly chaos. It spins 360 degrees so you can easily access your beauty essentials from every angle.

A Rebranded Art Case

Struggling to figure out a solution to organizing your many eyeliners, eyebrow tools and lip pencils? Self-proclaimed "organization-obsessed makeup and hair designer" Pippa Woods brilliantly uses a "case for drawing pens from Amazon," as told to a curious follower.

Empty Candles

If you're looking for a savvy way to up your makeup organization game, upcycle your old candle jars into makeup organizers. This beauty enthusiast transformed four ultra-chic Diptyque candles and dedicated each vessel to a specific type of makeup product.

Pink Drawers

We personally can’t get enough of the color pink, and we love how the pink packaging of the makeup products in this photo match the drawers.

Wire Baskets

For larger beauty products and toiletries, like shower products, wire baskets are a stylish, minimalist storage option.

Additional Reporting: Jordan Julian; Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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