How to organise your makeup

by Ashley Longstaff

Most of us would have makeup, be it a little or a lot and like other cupboards throughout the house our makeup needs to be organised too. Ash from I Choose Me is back today sharing her top tips on how to organise your makeup.

For years I have used cosmetic bags and thrown everything I own into them. Occasionally, I would go through them and try and sort them out, only to get into a bit of a mess and give up. I found that not only did I have makeup from years gone by that I no longer needed, but I was using the same things over and over again because I couldn’t find anything else.

Recently, I bought a dressing table and decided now was the time to organise myself properly. I bought some great makeup storage containers from Ikea, but you can get them from anywhere Kmart, Aldi etc. I went through all of my makeup and categorised it into the following:

  1. Lipsticks/lipglosses (this is the Virgo in me but yes I did do this by colours pinks, corals, red, winter colours & lip-glosses)
  2. Eye shadows – all my individual eye shadows are together
  3. Palettes – the palettes were generally too big to put inside the clear container so I put them together eye shadows, blushes & powders.
  4. Eye products – liners, mascaras and crayon/crème shadows
  5. Face – I put my foundation, primer and concealer right next to each other

Read more:  A list of essential makeup kit every mum needs

By organising your makeup this way, you are able to see everything you own at glance.

Makeup can easily become cluttered within the drawers, these tips are simple and effective to help organise your makeup.

If you don’t have a dressing table, you can still use trays and containers to sort your makeup into these categories and place them in your bathroom drawers or cupboard. Or you can have separate makeup bags for each category. By doing this, I find I save so much time because I can see everything that I own.

Makeup can easily become cluttered within the drawers, these tips are simple and effective to help organise your makeup.

The last thing that I do is place all the makeup I want to use for the day onto one small tray. If I am extra organised I will do this the night before, but in the morning works just as well. This way I can carry the makeup into my bathroom with my pot of brushes and everything I need is at my fingertips…no rummaging around trying to find that elusive lipstick that you just can’t seem find.

Makeup can easily become cluttered within the drawers, these tips are simple and effective to help organise your makeup.

I know this may sound pretty simple, but it really has helped me in the mornings. With three little ones I have limited time and generally one of them trying to help me so these quick ideas and organising saves me so much time.


Do you struggle to keep your makeup organised?


Makeup can easily become cluttered within the drawers, these tips are simple and effective to help organise your makeup.

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8 comments

Nancy May 13, 2016 - 6:49 AM

Wow, I love how organised this looks! What are the names of the Ikea containers you used?

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Ashley May 13, 2016 - 7:03 AM

Hi Nancy,

I am thrilled that you like the post and how I like to organize my makeup ?. The ikea trays are called Godmorgen and are $14.99 for three trays. They also have larger ones for the same price too. Thanks so much.

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Jen May 13, 2016 - 7:56 PM

I recently culled and organised my makeup and now I feel calm and happy every time I open my Makeup drawer (and usually have max 3 mins to get it done too). I’m definitely going to try the ikea or Kmart trays now too!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 16, 2016 - 8:55 AM

Love it, that you open up the drawer and have that feeling!

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Ashley May 16, 2016 - 12:25 PM

That is great Jen ? It is amazing how much time you save when it is all organised so you can see what you have. I also find this way I use all my makeup rather than the same items over and over again.

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Sharon Hughes May 17, 2016 - 8:47 PM

I can only dream about being this organised! You have some fantastic ideas! Thanks for sharing with us.

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Ashley May 18, 2016 - 8:42 AM

Thank you so much Sharon. I am thrilled you like the ideas. I will be honest it took me a long time to become this organised!

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Mish August 11, 2016 - 6:21 PM

I like the organisation ideas here! Just sad to see that a lot of the make up is from companies that test on animals 🙁

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