Ever since we moved, my makeup drawer has been a mess. I can’t find anything and I have to take every single item out every morning. The first problem is my everyday makeup lives in a bag since I travel often and it’s easy to pack, but the bag doesn’t really fit in this drawer. The second problem is, there’s just too much other makeup here! I have some makeup that was in my purse from several mornings of running late, and some makeup that I had previously left at my parent’s house for when I visited, oh, and there’s the big box of things I don’t really use. Time for a new system.
This is the drawer from my bathroom. It looks like there’s some rhyme or reason and there is… some… but it’s not great and it’s honestly full of things I don’t use. See that skinny black bag? I call that makeup purgatory. It’s where I put things that I can’t stand to get rid of yet, but never use.
Step 1: Take out all my makeup and … Step 1.5: Clean dirty brushes
Step 2: Organize makeup by type- foundation, lip stick, etc.
Step 2: Take out anything that is broken, empty, expired, the wrong color, or not even makeup. Get rid of them and don’t look back.
Step 3: Take out anything I use only on occasion
For me, this was two categories: 1. Things I use but have duplicates of (brown eye liner, eyebrow pencil, powder, and some brushes) and 2. Things I use when I wear dark makeup (black eyeliner and volume-crazy mascara. Black eye shadow would have gone here… RIP).
Step 4: Take out everything I would use if I were to do my makeup for a week (I change styles often so I don’t really have a daily routine.)
Step 5: Re-evaluate what’s left.
Step 6: Find a way to organize my “everyday” makeup.
I used the silver box to make drawer organizers of sorts. I took the lid and cut it so it was the same height vertically as the base. It’s not pretty… but here it is.
Step 7: Organize and finalize.
In the front is the makeup I use regularly. In the middle is my grab-and-go bag of duplicate products and things I use less often. In the back is my travel bag for my makeup and the black pouch I use for my brushes when I travel.
Update: I now tend to keep my eyeshadow palette in the middle. Ch-ch-ch-changes.