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!)
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.
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.)
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?).
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.
Makeup storage tips
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.
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?