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May 28, 2018

Try These Makeup Storage Tips & Tricks To Keep Your Vanity Looking Chic

A million eyeshadow singles? Lip colors scattered about? We’ve been there! Which is why we’re going to make your life so much chicer (and saner!) with these three easy makeup storage tips. Marie Kondo would be proud.


Battle station. Command centre. Beauty bar. Whatever you call the area you’ve carved out to do your makeup, getting organized is important.


How you store things is just as important as your precious beauty collection. There’s always the go-to acrylic makeup storage sets, but some people (me me me me) would rather hide things altogether to create a calm, clean space. Just because things are hidden doesn’t mean they have to be inaccessible. You can keep things neat and handy in just three simple steps. The first is depotting all of your shadows for storing in uniform sized palettes, second is logging your shadows, and third is the storage options themselves. (Plus, bonus storage tips for your cushion and liquid lipsticks!)


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Depotting can seem like a scary undertaking. But it’s really fairly simple. All it takes is a steady hand and the right tools. There are several depotting technique tutorials on YouTube. There’s the oven method, the straightening iron method, there are even machines you can buy that are dedicated to depotting. Watch these tutorials and see which looks right for you and what you’d be the most comfortable with.


I won’t go into explaining how to do them all as these videos give a much better representation visually. To help you get started, Z Palette sells some great supplies for depotting. They have a flexible spatula that makes removing pans a breeze, square and round magnets, and most importantly, palettes in a variety of size. Calculate how many palettes are needed to house your various eyeshadows. If you’re a pro (ahem, more like hoarder) like me, you might need several. I have around six extra large palettes. I also got ambitious and depotted a lot of my blushes and got empty palettes for those as well.


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Etude House Pink Show Room Customizing Palette


If you collect Etude House shadows and blushes, you’re in luck because they offer a customizing palette that perfectly fit Etude House’s popular makeup products.


Log your products


Keeping a log of your products is also very important. Once depotted you’ll want to remember the names of your shades and which palettes they might have originally been in if you ever want to re-up. I keep a cute log book on my vanity that has the names of all my shadows, which palette they’re in, and where. To make this system work I also have stickers on all of my palettes labeling them in sequential order. You can also put stickers on the bottom of your palettes with the names of the shadows if you have a label maker or printer. I avoid doing that just because I like to switch things up a lot in my palettes as I add to my collection.




Once you’re all depotted, it’s time to store those precious palettes! One great looking and very budget-friendly option is the $2.99 SMÅRASSEL box with lid from Ikea. You can file your palettes away like a record collection with these boxes. Depending on how small your acquisitions are, you might be able to store everything in just one box. One SMÅRASSEL could easily store 10 or more palettes and oodles of lipsticks if you wish. (I, however, like to keep my lip and eye products separate.)

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Another more boho option is the SÅLNAN basket. It’s a basket made of seagrass without a lid like the SMÅRASSEL, but they’re attractive storage options for palettes or any other miscellaneous makeup bits and tools you’d like to keep from cluttering surfaces. I also use these to store my sheet masks! They’re the perfect size to store masks upright like a card catalog (remember those?).

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For brushes, which should always be stored upright so as not to warp the bristles, I use a solid bamboo set up, the DRAGAN Box is just the right size for my brush collection. Of course, a trio of pretty tumblers would work equally as well.


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Just a few quick storage tips for your makeup. Try not to store liquid lipsticks upside down, even if looking at the labels make for an easier selection process. If stored upside down the liquid may pool up around the wand and make for a mess when opened. Same for mascara for similar reasons. You can try to remove the labels and put it on the right side of the lid or make slim labels of your own to put around the top if seeing the color names is important for you. A regular bullet lipstick can also slip out of its casing internally when stored label side up, so avoid that as well.


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However, storing upside down isn’t always a no-no for other products. For example, it’s an excellent idea to store your BB cushions upside down! Keeping them upside down will help keep the sponge-y part loaded with BB cream before the unused product goes dry.


If you wear false lashes, keeping them stored around the curved well they come in is always recommended, as it helps to keep their curved shape and adhere to the curves of your lids better. A lash that’s gone straight is a nightmare to get to behave and go on nicely.


I want to see your storage solutions! Do you have a dedicated vanity? How do you store your makeup?



Coco Park is an author, beauty journalist, blogger, podcast host, and all around oddball living in Montreal Quebec with her family. Originally from the southern USA, she worked for several years in the makeup industry as a professional makeup artist and holds a certificate in esthetics. She is a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Want to know more? Check her out on the Beauty Beyond Basics podcast, on her blog, on Instagram @thebeautywolf, and in her book "Korean Beauty Secrets: A Practical Guide to Cutting-Edge Skincare & Makeup."



Great tips! I'm always reorganizing my stash.

For makeup and other small items, I like the InterDesign clear plastic organizers with multiple small compartments. They come in lots of shapes and sizes: some are for standard medicine cabinets, some are shallow enough to go in a drawer, etc.

For larger products that I store on shelves in a closet or large cabinet, I like to use turntables so that I can see and reach everything without moving or knocking over the stuff in front. I prefer the ones that are nonslip and have a raised outer rim so things don't slide off.... Read more

I have some drawers that I got from IKEA that literally every YouTuber guru is always going on and on about. I thought I was going to regret spending the money on them but they have changed my entire organizational life. I have a separate drawer for my storage of excess and backups skincare/cosmetics have a set drawer that I use for my daily used products. It's so nice to see everything laid out in front of me. I have a basket that I use to cart around my daily skincare products (I frequently am getting ready for bed in... Read more

I love seeing beauty storage! You should totally post a photo on your wall! Is it the ALEX drawers?

My beauty storage is a bit insane. I have ridiculously small built-in storage considering my bathroom is the master. So my daily skincare and makeup base/cushions go in there, I have one trolley for toners, sunscreen, and the rest of my color cosmetics, another trolley for backup skincare/makeup, and a cabinet for storage. And that's just my bathroom ...

Yeah it's the ALEX drawers! They really are worth every penny. I've been trying to condense down a lot because there's way too much that I don't use that really doesn't need to be floating around; it's my project for the summer lol.