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As a new year approaches, it’s an ideal time to not only get your life in order but your makeup, too. No more dumping all your products into a junk drawer or makeup bag. You can’t even find your favorites that way! Think about how much easier it’ll be to get ready if your eye makeup, face makeup, and lip colors are actually organized. Wouldn’t that be nice? We won’t make you figure out how to reorganize your makeup collection all on your own. We’ve gathered our six best makeup storage ideas—including a few DIYs—and are sharing them right here. Now, let’s say it together: New year, new you, new makeup organization.
You know that candle you spent way too much on, just for the chic jar? It certainly looked cute on your coffee table for a month or two but not so much once it’s empty. Well, you don’t have to toss fancy schamncy candles once they’ve burnt their way to the very bottom. You can always give old candles a second life by cleaning them out and turning them into makeup storage. Once you’ve removed the remaining wax from the containers and given them a good scrub down, use them to store makeup brushes, eyeliners, mascaras, and lip glosses. Basically, anything tall and skinny will work! Your storage will look cute AND you can pat yourself on the back for recycling.
If you’ve already turned your desk into a makeshift vanity, you may have noticed that the office supplies you already own are often reminiscent of makeup storage. Instead of shelling out your hard-earned cash for products specifically meant to hold makeup, you can go ahead and make use of products designed for a desk. Do you have a file sorter that used to organize folders and papers? Try using it to hold makeup palettes, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette. Are you not sure what to do with a dingy pencil cup? Give it a coat of spray paint, then toss your lip liners, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner, inside. The options are practically endless.
Acrylic makeup storage may be all the rage, but if you’re prone to making a mess, it isn’t for you. At the beginning of the new year, you’ll no doubt be committed to keeping everything organized. But as the year goes on, the same can’t be said. That’s when you’ll be happy to have chosen storage that allows you to hide away your mess. Instead of storing makeup in clear, acrylic drawers or out in the open on shelves, keep anything you don’t need easy access to tucked away in drawers and boxes that aren’t see through.
Magnets aren’t just for securing an abundance of holiday cards and photos to your fridge. They come in handy for makeup storage, too! You can keep your makeup out of your way, and off the bathroom counter, by storing it on a magnetic board, (securely) affixed to the wall. You can even DIY your board by covering a metal pan with the fashionable fabric of your choosing. Once you’ve finished finding your magnetic surface and hung it up, all you have to do is add magnets to the back of your makeup. Try it with smaller items, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallic Eye Shadow and L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick. When you’re ready to use your products, just pull them off the board, then stick them back when you’re done—it’s that easy.
Sometimes you’ll love a product, but not its packaging. Giving up your favorite products in order to rid yourself of bulky packaging doesn’t seem right, but what’s a gal who needs to save space to do? Instead off tossing those eye shadows and lipsticks altogether, ditch the packaging and keep the product. Yes, it’s possible! You can purchase empty palettes to store them in.
Editor’s tip: This is also a great tip for saving products that are broken. No more trying to apply a lipstick that’s snapped in half! Not only will you be cutting down on how much space your makeup collection requires, but the palettes filled with your condensed cosmetics will be perfect for times when you’re on the go.
We’re pretty sure it’s true that every makeup lover has a bunch of makeup samples that they rarely reach for but can’t bear to get rid of. If that holds true for you, it’s time to force your hand a little. Throw away any samples you have no interest in trying and place all the rest of your samples in a makeup bag. Store the makeup bag with your suitcase, and that way, next time you’re traveling, you’ll be reminded to make use of the tiny products you might not bother to touch otherwise.
Ready to prep more for the new year? Here are 6 Makeup Resolutions to Make in 2018.