How To Organize a Makeup Drawer in 6 Easy Steps

Posted February 23, 2021 by in Beauty

A survey found that the average American woman spends a whopping $300,000 on makeup in her lifetime. It’s not a small figure, but it explains why our makeup drawers might be so endlessly chaotic with that many products.

All this is to say, if your makeup drawer has turned from chic nirvana into a ghoulish nightmare, you’re not alone. We’re here to guide you back into the light and help you figure out how to organize a makeup drawer with our 6 easy steps:

1. Empty Everything

First things first, empty everything, and we mean everything, out. It’s probably easiest to lay down a towel on the floor to stop any errant foundations from getting the best of your carpet.

2. Clean Like Mad

If you’re anything like us, you haven’t seen the bottom of your makeup drawer in many moons. Once you do, you’ll likely realize it’s a bit of a state in there. Remnants of eyeshadows, the occasional stray fake lash, and all those bobby pins you lost reign supreme down here.

Your best opportunity to clean your drawer is while nothing is in it. Get in there with the wet wipes, sanitizer, and duster to get your makeup drawer sparkling again.

For chronic cleaners, it’s also a great opportunity to clean all your products. Rid yourself of the concealer marks that seem to get onto every container. Also, make sure to wash all your brushes and sponges while you’re at it.

3. Take Inventory

With all your products laid out in front of you and cleaned, it’s the perfect time to go through all of them.

As you’re sorting through them, the first thing to check is for expiry dates. It’s so concerning how many people ignore expiry dates when it comes to makeup. You wouldn’t ignore it on a food label, so don’t ignore it when it comes to your makeup.

Beauty lovers will remember the drama when Jaclyn Hill’s lipstick line was launched and customers received lipsticks with mold and hair in it. This is what happens when there’s no quality control to your makeup. So apply some vigor to your clear out.

Makeup that is past its expiration date will drop in quality as the chemicals separate. It can also harbor bacteria which can wreak havoc on your skin. This can cause rashes, acne, and even eye infections.

To help you with your clear out, here are some approximate makeup expiration dates to refer to:

  • Lipstick and gloss: 1 – 1.5 years
  • Eyeshadow: 3 – 6 months
  • Liquid eyeliner: 3 – 4 months
  • Mascara: 3 months
  • Foundation: 6 months – 1 year
  • Blush and powders: 2 years

Some products will have a symbol on the label to tell you how long the product lasts after opening. The symbol looks like an open cream jar. 

Expired products aren’t the only product you should be throwing out though. You should also be getting rid of products you haven’t used. Whether that be recently or at all!

If you have got sealed products that you haven’t used, you can make good use of these by donating them to beauty banks. These products will go out to women in need such as homeless women or women in shelters. This act of kindness is a great motivator to do a proper clearout!

4. Get Organized

It might seem obvious to have a step called get organized in a guide of how to be organized. What we mean by this is get the right materials to get organized.

Measure your makeup drawer and find some trays that you can neatly tidy away your products into. These are absolute lifesavers for staving off the chaos once you’ve put all your products back in your drawers. They’ll stop them from turning into a mess again.

You can DIY these trays if you’re handy enough. Just assess what different tray sizes you need and use plastic or wood to separate up your drawers. Alternatively, most major furniture stores sell a variety of drawer organizers that can fit nicely into makeup drawers.

If your drawer is part of a dresser, it’s also worth investing in the right products to organize your products on top of the dresser. This could include pots for your brushes or incredibly cute lipstick organizers like these: https://forhervanity.com/lipstick-organizers/

5. Put It All Away

What comes out, must go back in.

Once you’ve got your trays, pots, and other organizers set up just right, you can start putting all your products back into your makeup drawer.

We’d suggest grouping your products into categories. Depending on how many products you have this could be a few different categories.

You could try organizing them by face, eyes, and lips. So primer, concealer, and foundation would all fall under the “face” category and so on.

If you have too many products for this, sometimes it’s just easier to organize by product type. A section for your foundations, a section for your lipsticks, and so on.

It’s also worth figuring out what you use more regularly and putting that in a more accessible spot. This could be on your dresser table in organizers, or at the front of your drawer. Then put products you only wear when you’re dressing up towards the back. 

6. Keep on Top of It

You might think you’re done, but there’s one final important step — keeping on top of it!

Don’t let all your hard work be for nothing and your makeup drawer be a mess again in just a couple of months. A clean makeup drawer makes getting ready in the mornings so much easier. So it’s well worth spending a little time every week giving it a quick clean and tidy to keep it sparkling.

That’s How to Organize a Makeup Drawer

Now you know how to organize a makeup drawer, it’s time to get to it. Following our easy steps will make sure you end up with a clean and tidy drawer with more free space… for new goodies!

*Photos by Emma Bauso