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10 Pretty Ways to Organize Your Makeup Collection

Whether you’re looking to clear off a cluttered dresser or need to organize a makeup-filled drawer, we've got you covered.

By Amanda Hawkins

True story: I just spent $385 at Sephora. (Side note: Why is it that all of my beauty products disappear at the same time? I’m going to need a full-blown investigation into this, thanks. And while you’re at it, please investigate why my laundromat continuously misplaces at least one sock per wash.)

So where am I going to put my new $385 order? Funny you should ask, because makeup organization is like my second job. I regularly swap acrylic cases for mirrored boxes and porcelain cups. Currently my (prettiest) go-to products are adorned on a wooden tray that’s flecked with turquoise, but after researching the below beauties, I may need to retire it for a while.

But whether you’re a makeup hoarder (you just had to become a VIB Rouge member, didn’t you?) or just someone trying to get a little more organized, we promise that something on this list will help you store your makeup in style.

1. Carson Multi-Use Shelf

If drawer or dresser space is an issue, think vertically. Hang this rose gold shelf for a little extra space for your favorite perfumes, bottles of nail polish, concealers, or whatever you use on a daily basis. The copper metal is adored with two wooden shelves with about 8” between them, so you’ll be able to store your smaller go-to products in style. (Just a heads up that hardware for mounting not included, so be sure to grab a few screws from your local hardware store to hang this beauty.)

BUY FROM: Urban Outfitters, $29

2. Jerrybox 360-Degree Rotating Makeup Organizer

If you’re one to hit “add to cart” as soon as your favorite beauty blogger tells you about the latest and greatest lipstick or a new set of must-have beauty brushes, then you might need something like the multilevel Jerrybox. (Guilty!) This large organizer checks all of the boxes: It rotates so your oft-neglected beauty products are front and center once again, you build it yourself with easily adjustable shelves so you can store both small and tall products, and it comes in four stylish different designs—though we’re partial to the feminine scalloped flower look. In fact, it’s so handy, the Jerrybox promises to hold at least 20 skincare products and 30 makeup brushes. But don’t worry: The plastic organizer is strong enough to hold even your heaviest serums and creams.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $25.99

3. Blush Glass Catch-All Tray

What’s not to love about a tray? It’s the perfect catch-all for everything from keys to matchbooks and even a coffee table topper for your remote controls. But if your makeup is what’s out of control, we suggest a petite tray, perfect for showing off your prettiest perfume bottles, your current fave nail polishes and your daintiest gold jewelry. This mirrored one from Urban Outfitters comes in trendy rose gold with a pine wood border that—we hope!—will inspire you to organize your dresser.

BUY FROM: Urban Outfitters, $20

4. Mirrored Glass Jewelry & Cosmetics Box

This multilevel box is almost as impressive as your makeup collection. Read: Almost. Let this mirrored case showcase your prettiest bottles while also keeping you super organized. Inside, store everything from eyeshadows to less-used items, and in the exterior compartments, keep your eyeliners, moisturizers and daily go-tos. The crystallized handles are a chic bonus, while the added cleaning cloth is a utilitarian one.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $59.99

5. PuTwo Acrylic Makeup Organizer with Rosy Pearls

If brush organization is your problem, look no further than this acrylic box with double duty pink beads that not only look pretty, but also help keep your brushes standing tall. The lid is helpful, too, to keep your brushes clean from rogue hair spray, dust and more.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $27.99

6. Grier Vanity Organizer

Your makeup is already pretty enough, so why not invest in an organizational piece that’s chic, but won’t take away from what you’re really trying to show off? Enter the Grier Vanity Organizer set, a simple set of marble bases with golden brass bars. The lipstick holder starts at $34, but this set is too elegant not to buy the whole thing, which comes with the lipstick holder, gold mirror, lipstick and brush holder, and simple marble tray. Alas, if you're going to go with one, we suggest the lipstick and brush holder combo, which is just simple enough to complement your best brushes and lipsticks.

BUY FROM: Anthropologie, $34

7. Cq acrylic 9 Grid Makeup Organizer

The organizer is sectioned off into nine parts to hold your lipsticks, brushes, blushes and more. It’s made from premium acrylic that won’t stain—ugh, the worst!—and no more digging through drawers for your liquid eyeliner or favorite foundation! The clear container helps you pick out your daily routine in just seconds.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $13.99

8. Glass & Metal Vanity Organizer

If acrylic isn’t your jam, try a glass piece instead. This Threshold organizer is lined with gold metal to section off the six compartments. While we’re fans of showing this beauty off in the bathroom or on a dresser, it’s small enough to fit in your drawer to store your special products. Bonus: You can pair it with the matching vanity tray to complete the set.

BUY FROM: Target, $19.99

9. Wood Box Cosmetics Organizer

The only wooden box on this list, the three drawer organizer is also the thinnest. It’s the perfect dresser addition to hide away unsightly bottles and tools but gives a little lift to your daily products.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $31.99

10. JackCubeDesign Leather Cosmetic Makeup Organizer

This leather box has a single drawer to stow your tweezers and other products you want to hide away, with three equal top compartments. An added bonus? Two acrylic holders that can be used to store brushes or lipsticks with ease. Oh, and did we mention the best part? It’s pink!

BUY FROM: Amazon, $15.90

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