How to Organize Your Beauty Products Like a Pro

If it were up to us, we’d spend all day scanning Pinterest for photos of beautifully organized makeup. Rows of foundations all facing the same direction, lipsticks elegantly lined up? It’s like porn for beauty hoarders. We’ve vowed to live out our organization dreams by finally coming up with solutions that will make all of our beauty products look like they just stepped out of a catalog.

Photo: Jinna Yang (Sonia Kashuk makeup brushes, $16.99)

Photo: Jinna Yang
(Sonia Kashuk makeup brushes, $16.99)

Makeup Brushes
To keep makeup brushes looking pretty on your vanity, fill a mason jar with colorful stones before placing brushes upright.

Photo: Jinna Yang (Sonia Kashuk makeup brushes, $14.99)

Photo: Jinna Yang
(Sonia Kashuk makeup brushes, $14.99)

Another option is to store your brushes in an existing sunglass case. It cuts down on clutter and has the added bonus of protecting the brushes from outside dust.

Photo: Jinna Yang (Bobbi Brown lipstick, $26; Bobbi Brown lipgloss, $25; Lancôme eyeshadow, $20; Chanel foundation, $45; Maybelline blush, $5.99)

Photo: Jinna Yang
(Bobbi Brown lipstick, $26; Bobbi Brown lipgloss, $25; Lancôme eyeshadow, $20; Chanel foundation, $45; Maybelline blush, $5.99)

Eyeshadows
Eyeshadows are the hardest to organize, because different brands’ shadows come in different shapes, making stacking impossible. A beauty board is a great solution, because it allows you to keep everything lined up. To make one at home, take a metal sheet, wrap it in fabric, then put it in a frame. Glue small magnets to the back of your products (lipsticks and foundations, too!), then line along the board. You can then hang your beauty board on a wall or just have it lean against your mirror.

Photo: Jinna Yang (Essie nail polish, $8.50)

Photo: Jinna Yang
(Essie nail polish, $8.50)

Nail Polishes
It’s true: We keep a polish in every color. The problem with having over 200 polishes, though, is there’s nowhere to keep them, and they can start looking cluttered very quickly. To keep them looking pretty, try using a jewelry box as storage. A clear glass one is optimal, so you can see each polish with ease.

Photo: Jinna Yang (Essie nail polish, $8.50)

Photo: Jinna Yang
(Essie nail polish, $8.50)

You can also use a large candy jar to keep all your polishes together. This one from The Container Store easily holds 60 bottles.

Photo: Jinna Yang

Photo: Jinna Yang

Perfumes
When organizing your perfumes, you can keep the idea pretty basic, since perfume bottles are ornate enough on their own. A silver three-tiered spice rack is inexpensive and holds 12 bottles for those scent collectors out there.

Photo: Jinna Yang (Shu Uemura eyeliner, $21; Bobbi Brown lipgloss, $25; Bobbi Brown lipstick, $26)

Photo: Jinna Yang
(Shu Uemura Drawing Pencils, $24; Bobbi Brown lipgloss, $25; Bobbi Brown lipstick, $26)

Lipsticks
Lipstick/lipgloss-addicts, rejoice! These magnetic pods adhere to any metal surface and contain those small items that are so easy to lose (including eyeliners). And when attached to a mirror, they make makeup look like it’s floating in space.

Photo: Jinna Yang (Bobbi Brown lipstick, $26; Bobbi Brown lipgloss, $25; Lancôme eyeshadow, $20; Chanel foundation, $45; Maybelline blush, $5.99; Essie nail polish, $8.50)

Photo: Jinna Yang
(Bobbi Brown lipstick, $26; Bobbi Brown lipgloss, $25; Lancôme eyeshadow, $20; Chanel foundation, $45; Maybelline blush, $5.99; Essie nail polish, $8.50)

Miscellaneous 
To get the most out of a makeup organizer, you want to make sure there are plenty of different sized openings, so you can store a variety of products. This large organizer has space for your foundations, blushes, Q-tips, lipsticks, nail polishes, brushes and perfumes. It’s impossible to be messy with this thing in tow.

Photo: Jinna Yang (Bobbi Brown lipstick, $26; Lancôme eyeshadow, $20; Chanel foundation, $45; Maybelline blush, $5.99)

Photo: Jinna Yang
(Bobbi Brown lipstick, $26; Lancôme eyeshadow, $20; Chanel foundation, $45; Maybelline blush, $5.99)

Another great multi-function organizer is a jewelry hanger, which has the perfect amount of space for your blushes, foundations, eyeshadows, lipsticks and more. Hang it in your closet or your bathroom for easy access, or roll it up and take it with you when you travel.

Read more: 15 Beauty Organization Ideas from Pinterest

Credits:
Photographer: Jinna Yang
Features Director: Sam Lim

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