How I Store My Everyday Makeup

As I write this post, I realise that I am actually in serious need of sorting out my makeup and putting everything back where it belongs.  When everything is in its rightful order though, my everyday “go-to” makeup and tools sit in this makeup organiser which I picked up from TK Maxx and as I love eyeing up how everyone else stores their makeup and beauty items, I thought I would give you a sneak peek into how I organise mine.

Of course this doesn’t hold all of my everyday makeup, just enough for me to reach those items that I tend to turn to on a regular basis without having to rummage through an endless stash.  So, as well as looking neat and tidy, this saves me a lot of time in the mornings too and it’s surprising how much I can actually fit in here.

At the back are two sections which are deep enough to store some bottles and makeup brushes.  To the left I like to place my primers and this is wide enough to house my favourite Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and the Kevyn Aucoin The Primed Skin Developer, a new one I am using.  You can find out about some of my favourite primers here.

To the right, although a narrow space, I am able to fit in two foundation brushes, a powder brush, a blusher brush, a concealer brush and a highlighter brush, which is pretty good going I think.  I am going to do a three-part series on my makeup brushes, the first of which is coming up on Wednesday 9th August so be sure to check this out.

In front of my makeup brushes are 8 individual lipstick holders.  Of course this is no-where near enough space to hold all of my lipsticks!  My recent post on My Luxe Lipstick Collection which you can read here will confirm that and as the packaging is so pretty, this is where I like to store my YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Glossy Stains.

To the left of the lipstick section are two separate fixed trays.  The one at the back is a bit wider and where I put my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers (really important), my Nars Sheer Glow Foundation and my current mascara – the L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes.  The tray in front of this is narrower and fits eyeliners and brow products very nicely.  As you can see, for me this is currently the Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel and the Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil (I did a post on these two brow products here), as well as my all-time favourite eyeliner by Mac in Coffee, which you can read about here.

Lastly, at the bottom is a fairly deep draw where I like to put my most used eyeshadows and eyeshadow sticks. The Kiko eyeshadows which featured in my post here as well as the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleons (see my post here) have a firm place in this draw as do my By Terry Ombre Blackstar and Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours which you can read about here.  The draw isn’t big enough to hold many of my larger palettes but smaller palettes like for instance my Mac eyeshadow quad or eyeshadow duos can squeeze in.

I’m sure you’ll agree that this makeup organiser can store quite a bit and other items like my skincare, blushers and highlighters are within easy reach on my dressing table or in my dressing table draw.  It’s also hugely satisfying taking the time to organise everything!

What about you?  How do you store your most used items and do you have any other makeup storage recommendations?  I’d love to know. x

  • The beauty Spyglass

    I have one of these too, as you say great for those every day most reached for bits. Mine is usually messy as I’m terrible at being organised with my make up. I use one of the drawers for hair elastics which is quite useful for keeping them in one place. I really do need to organise my make up!

    Samantha x

    • I always find after doing my photographs things go all over the place! x

  • I’ll probably be needing those soon!

  • The Sunday Mode

    I store my makeup in similar drawers, they’re acrylic ones from Muji (I have two) and I store my makeup brushes in another acrylic piece from Muji that’s intended to store pencils/stationary I think! I used to store my lipsticks in similar individual lipstick holders but I just ended up having way too many and I found it collected dust so now I just pop them in one of the drawers 🙂

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Yes this is no where enough space for my lipsticks and probably need to invest in some draws too!

  • I have an a acrylic 3 drawer system very similar to this, but I’m also looking for something to add on top that will provide some extra storage so I don’t have to keep rummaging around in other drawers below. Xx

    Toni | sheergloss

  • For me it depends, since it’s hot in my country there are makeups that I need to store in the refrigerator so it won’t melt. I have a designated place in our ref where I store makeup and skincare products. But those that I don’t need to store in a cool place, I use acrylic storage as well like those you use 😀

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  • I got my makeup drawers from TK Maxx as well; I think they`re amazing and they are quite cheap compared to others. I also have 2 Glossybox boxes where I store the products I don`t use that often, like dark lipsticks and bright eye shadows.

  • This looks so great. I love the idea of acrylic storage for everyday makeup and then rotating the products but I don’t like having my makeup on display because I am pretty sure my husband doesn’t know how much makeup I own. Haha! Plus having them displayed this beautifully would only welcome my girls to come and play with everything xxx

  • I love seeing how other people organize their makeup as well, it’s great for getting ideas of how I can better organize mine. I currently use an acrylic storage system similar to yours, and I use pretty jars to hold my makeup brushes. It helps having my most used products display and easily within reach!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

  • Yiotou_La

    My makeup and skincare products need a serious sorting too, I have been packing and unpacking them every week since we go away and I just leave them on my desk, it’s a huge mess. I use large coloured boxes to store them in categories, makes it easier for me to find what I want. I store my lipsticks in clear plastic containers that hold 24 pieces, I purchased them from ebay and they were super cheap!! x


  • I like your storage set up. It looks like it could hold a bunch of stuff!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  • Katie

    I want to pick up one of these as well, it looks so sleek and professional! 🙂

    Beauty From Katie

  • I have my makeup in my bathroom drawer in two paper apple boxes (the small ones), and the rest is stored away in my Alex in my “studio”. Bathroom space is very limited. Sometimes I wish I had everything on display, but that just doesn´t work in our current setup.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Space can be an issue I think i will be running out of it at the rate I am going! x

  • I got shit everywhere because I bought way too many new stuff. Oops! I should really be like you and be more organized about it.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  • This looks great because there’s room for so many different products, without being too many. I just use Muji drawers for my everyday makeup xx