With so many makeup releases these days, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by how much you’ve achieved over time! It is important to know how to organize your makeup collection so that you can easily find what you are looking for and make better use of all your products.
You do not want that!
Organizing your collection ensures that you know what you have, and it should give you a better feel for what you love, what you like, and what didn’t work for you (the latter are products that could disappoint you) !). .
My own collection has grown from a personal to a steadily growing one of the larger collections in the world (right?), And I’ve learned a lot about organizing makeup over the years. The less organized I am, the messier everything becomes and even with as much organization as I, there is still at least one make-up product in almost every room in my house.
1. Inventory what you have
When you start an organizational process, it’s important to assess what products you have, how much you’re likely to add to your collection over time, where you store everything, how you’d rather access products, or search for what you want Use this option to keep everything sorted / organized and so on.
We strongly recommend using our vanity tool to take a full inventory of your products! It makes it easier to keep track of what you have.
2. Decrypt your makeup collection
The art of debugging is to really connect with YOU and YOUR needs. I can tell you why I’m decoding something, but it doesn’t necessarily apply to you. Here are some questions that will make you think about your needs if you still find out:
Why do I use makeup? How do i use it Is it working? Is it creative? Which products do I use regularly? Which products can I remember straight away? Which one do I never use? Do I really wear something that is outside my “comfort zone” or do I just like the idea? If I never use the X product, why do I keep it? What purpose does it serve?
The easiest way to troubleshoot is to remove older products that have expired / rotated / gone bad. I strongly recommend checking older products for viability and whether they are no longer usable, such as dried out eyeliner or old mascaras or lipsticks that have lost their smell.
Are you really using all the lipstick colors you own? If you don’t, are there ones you rarely use?
Regardless of whether you follow strict usage guidelines or make changes in smell, texture, etc. when you start organizing or reorganizing, it’s a good time to make sure you put away and keep products that are still usable!
For some categories of gently used beauty products, you can donate them to places like Project Beauty Share, which also accepts donations by mail.
You can also contact local nonprofits and it may take a while to find one that is used gently (most require new products), but you never know. You would like to donate products that can be disinfected (i.e. no mascara, lip gloss, etc.) and that they are in good (almost new!) Condition. Donation is about giving something to have a better life in someone else’s hands and not about throwing away garbage. If it can’t be donated, check to see if you can remove a product to recycle the packaging.
When it comes to the more difficult part of debugging, much of it learns to let go of products that you don’t use, either because you don’t like them, because they’re of poor quality, or if you like other products better, and that can be one emotional journey that can be more difficult for some.
Trouble shooting is important when the amount of products you have creates negative feelings. It’s not about being a minimalist or consuming everything you own – it’s about enjoying what you have. Only you can decide how much is right for you, and it’s not a competition to see who can have the least or the most.
If a product is of poor quality and you have a better quality option, why do you keep the bad? Why should you use an inferior product when you have a great version ready? If you never wear red lipstick, why do you have five of them? Why don’t you keep the best for your coloring? (Maybe you should wear it even if it’s only around the house! Or try dabbing it on as a wash / light spot.)
I heartily recommend visiting r / MakeupRehab for further assistance if you have problems with your collection, buying habits, and / or letting go of things.
3. Organize after your use!
Think about your makeup routine, from the types of products you use most to the way you use them to help you decide what to wear while wearing makeup . It is often easiest to organize your collection when you have an idea of how you think about products to look for. If you have a good memory and remember products by name, organizing by brand / formula / color can make sense. However, if your memory has no place for names, it may make more sense to organize by end or function by color or color.
I like to arrange my individual eyeshadows by color and finish, so I separate matte eyeshadows from my shimmering ones because I know I will when I create a look. Think: “Hey, I want a matte blue for the fold “or” I need a pale green for the inner corner. “
Products that you use more often should be the easiest to access at some point. This may mean putting your Go basic products like primer, primer, and powder closest and overall together, rather than grouping them by type (like all primers together).
Keep track of what you use most and which items you use less often are better hidden.
This way, if you tend to have “everyday” or “work-safe” products and “weekend” products, separating makes it easy to pull out for the occasion. It’s not a bad way to organize your products by putting together a few colors for special occasions, so it’s easy for every occasion!
For example, here’s how I think about my own use and how I’ve set up things at the end that may not apply to you, but may give you an idea of the thinking process and what drives the how of the organization!
Since I spend most of my time trying out new products, I only have a limited number of basics, e.g. B. Primers that work well for me, some lip colors that go with a variety of cheek colors when I’m Swatching 10 in a row, blush / highlighter colors that go well with a variety of lip colors when I’m 30 in a series of swatching, and then some of my favorite products that I will wear when I have a moment.
I tend to remember formulas and a few shades of color, so I organize most of my products (which are not easily accessible) by brand and formula. I found that I was more likely to think, “I want this red shade of Bite …” or “I want to wear a Pat McGrath LuxeTrance …”
All my Sephora Rouge paints in one organizer!
4. Create the space for your collection
After figuring out what to organize and having a road map for the organization, you want to make sure that you have the right area for everything, whether it’s a new area or an existing one.
This can be a makeup traincase for easy storage on the go, which was my preferred solution when 1) I had a smaller collection and 2) when I was in college as it was easy to take everything with me when I went after Home for vacation or summer vacation.
My vanity attitude! Here I sit down to apply makeup and keep my more basic products like primers, brow gel, etc.
If you have more space, you may be able to create your own space with your own vanity. A vanity is really a flat surface with a mirror, so it can be used as a desk and vanity with a wall-mounted mirror or a stand-alone mirror. You can use desks, vintage vanities, desks, dressers, bookshelves and whatever you have.
I have a bookshelf for organizing makeup that has just come in and that I am not going to check immediately.
If you like to stand up to put on makeup, I recommend using a larger chest of drawers or a tall bookcase with adjustable shelves.
What types of organizers and what might be practical is usually largely determined by your space. You may need to think vertically or outside the box for smaller spaces to work, but there are so many ways to organize your own storage, regardless of space!
Next, we’ll look at the best makeup storage solutions I’ve come across and why they work. Stay tuned!