Who’s sick of digging through drawers and bins full of eye shadow pallets and lipsticks to find what you need? I know I was.
So, Here’s a step by step tutorial on how I organized everything into 3 easily accessible makeup organizing accessories!
Decide what type of function you are looking for.
I really wanted:
- Firstly, create the ability to see the heads/tips of my brushes so that I could make an informed decision on which brush I needed to use with what product and get my desired effect.
- Secondly, organizing my makeup into categories based on their use.
- Thirdly, to stop having to dig and dig to find products!
So here are the three items I purchased to make that happen that are all available on Amazon!
Acrylic Make-up Organizer
Acrylic Eye shadow Pallet Organizer
Let’s Get Crackin’!
Step #1: Firstly, dump everything out onto a flat surface and make every item visible. Certainly remove all of your brushes and put them into the brush organizer. See? This is easy! Secondly, take out all my eye shadow pallets and put them into the eye shadow pallet organizer. My pile is looking much smaller already.
My Piles VS. Your Piles
Well, then comes the interesting part. It will be different for every person depending on what products you have. The acrylic organizer that I purchased has 4 large drawers, 2 small drawers, and a topper with one large section, two medium sections and a bunch of little small sections for lipsticks. Lets start with the drawers. Divide you makeup into piles.
Pile #10 is not pictured because I forgot to take a photo (“Great job, EmJay”): Highlighters!
Pile #11: Trash; sometimes baskets for storage can just be a catch-all for everything; just take it straight to the trash can!
I Have Too Many Piles and Not Enough Drawers!
Step #2: Secondly, you’ll need to combine some piles. But, how do you do that? OK, so there are 4 big drawers and 2 small drawers. That’s 6 drawers in all that I currently have.
What Piles Can You Subtract?
Subtract your piles by 3 if:
- If you have a trash pile
- A pile of things that won’t fit
- Or a pile of non-brush utensils. Essentially, I have 6 drawers but 8 piles.
Therefore, I need to combine some of these piles. Subsequently, the non-brush utensils will go onto one of the little compartments on the top.
Too Much Shit and Not Enough Drawers Space?
Now I have 5 drawers left (1 small and 4 big) and with 6 piles. Certainly, my biggest pile is definitely my eye shadows. There is no way that all of my eye shadows will fit in one drawer. So I can a split them up in a functional manner?
Divide Big Piles into Smaller Piles.
In conclusion, I divided my eye shadow into 2 groups:
- Pallets/ or multiple colors in one compact
- Single colors
Take a look below at my two piles.
As you can see, I divided my eye shadows and then used to of the big drawers and they fit perfectly with some room for growth, but lets be real. I don’t need anymore eye shadow ever.
Combine What Fits, Not What Doesn’t!
Alright, what does that leave me with? I still have 1 small drawer and 2 big drawers. My piles are down to 5.
Take a Look at Your Progress!
Next, was the part I had a little trouble with. Long story short I felt like all face related items (e.i. foundation, concealer, primer, bronzer, contour, blush, and highlighter) really all belong in the same category, but I couldn’t fit all of it together. As a result, I had to move some things around.
Small Detour Ahead
During the process not everything will always fit. I tried to combine a few categories with no avail. But eventually I came out on top. Therefore, I took these 6 categories and divided them into:
- Contour & Blush
- Foundation & Primer
Nope. Nope. Not Today, Satan.
Definitely didn’t like that. I didn’t like all my foundations and primers out on the top. Just for purely aesthetic reasons. It’s not pretty to look at. So I had to switch it up.
Pucker Up Buttercup!
Lets go over what is left, shall we?. Well, its pretty simple. I have one small drawer left and a pile of lipstick! How meant to be is that? Keep in mind: You have lipstick all over your house. And I love all the colors I have. Put the ugly things in the small drawer and display all the pretty ones or ones you use regularly up top.
Fortunately, I still have some space on the topper. So, what can I use it for? Well, the topper is like, easy access, so I decided to pull a few every day essentials out of the drawer and store them on top. That way I can just grab and go!
Share Your organization Tips Below!
I hope that this little “how-to” was helpful for you. To see the finished product, please click the link to my Instagram!