I am all about getting my home organized right now after all the DIY projects. Something caught my eye the other day, my daughters vanity. It’s so organized and she has done an amazing job of doing some DIY stuff for organizing as well as purchasing some things. So I thought what a great idea to put together a post on makeup organization ideas.
Do you have a makeup vanity? I only recently started using one in my bedroom instead of putting my makeup on at the bathroom sink. The reason I got a vanity is because I had ankle surgery and there was no way I could stand on one foot to blow dry, straighten my hair and do my makeup. So I had my husband bring up the card table and I used it as a vanity.
When my daughter took the desktop computer into her room I started using the desk as a vanity. Takes up a lot less space! I am constantly trying to figure out good organization for my makeup. My kiddo has some great ideas! In fact when we were at IKEA she asked me to buy her a silverware tray for her makeup! What teenager asked her Mom to buy a silverware tray? LOL
Let’s get to it then, here are 16 makeup organization ideas.
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1. Ice cube trays
The small eye shadows or blushes can easily be stored in an ice cube tray. They look great but you can also easily see each color so it makes it easy to find the one you want.
2. Document Sorter
My daughter came up with this one, she took a document sorter from Walmart, spray painted it gold and used it to display her palettes. This is great because it’s inexpensive and customizable to whatever decor you have in your room.
3. Decorative Jars
An amazing way you can store your makeup brushes is with a decorative jar. My kiddo uses mason jars! I also like these white ones from IKEA, they are cheap and cute at the same time. Another idea, mugs!
4. Silverware Tray
So I mentioned that my daughter asked me to buy her a silverware tray. She uses it to store and organize her pencils, eye liner and mascara’s, basically anything long and skinny.
5. Spice Rack – Ikea
This is a phenomenal idea, use this spice rack from IKEA for all sorts of things!
6. Alex drawers – Ikea
If you have ever watched a Youtube video on a makeup tutorial chances are the person has one of these. The Alex drawers come in a variety of sizes. The drawers get deeper as you get lower. These babies hold all sorts of different kinds of makeup. My daughter has an awesome desk from IKEA with the Alex 6 drawers on each end.
7. Hanging Cubbies
These particular cubbies are amazing for a small space, like a bathroom or hanging on the wall above or next to your vanity. Lots of hair products or makeup brushes would fit great in these.
For instructions on how to create this go here.
8. Metal Rolling Tiered Tray
I love this utility cart from Ikea. It is so versitile!
This is another alternative from Target, same idea but it has handles at the top.
9. Tiered Trays
Tiered trays are an elegant way to display jewelry, makeup and perfume! Basically you can put all your pretty stuff on here.
10. Small Decorative Dishes
You can find decorative dishes anywhere, from antique stores to Anthropologie. Some of my favorites have come from Hobby Lobby. You can corral small items here and even use these dishes on a tiered tray or decorative tray.
11. Alex 42 Compact Organizer
I talked earlier about the Alex drawers from IKEA, now I think this is purely genius! This company created organizers that specifically fit the Alex drawers!!! How awesome is that! I truly wish I had thought of it!
12. Makeup Organization Ideas using Glamorous Trays
Glamorous trays are a great way to corral everything! If you have each thing laid out on your vanity alone it can look cluttered but when you put them all inside a decorative tray all those individual things become one thing….and a pretty thing it is too!
I bought my daughter this tray, it’s a Lilly Pulitzer patterned tray, she has a big love for anything Lilly Pulitzer.
Here are some other beautiful, swoon worthy trays.
Here are some trays that you can purchase:
13. Elevate your Makeup by using a Cake Stand
My favorite thing to put on a cake stand, other than cake, is perfume. Perfume bottles are a work of art and should definitely be displayed. Here are some really beautiful examples.
14. Empty Decorative Boxes or Recycled Candles
So you can use old candles jars, simply take off any label and get residual wax out, and they can hold lots of different things. They can hold brushes or eye liner, maybe lipsticks…….sky’s the limit!
Decorative boxes are great because you can put small blushes or eye shadows in them or simply use them for decoration on a beautiful tray.
15. Makeup Storage on Etsy
Etsy has tons of ideas for storage, and all of them are super creative!
So this one takes the acrylic boxes to another level, if you are into monograms (like my daughter is) then this is perfect for you!
I liked this one because you can set it on the vanity or mount it on the wall, gets thinks off your vanity and clears up desk space.
This is small wood boxes that can be re-arranged to your desire to organize makeup, jewelry, whatever you want! Too cool!!!
16. Acrylic Boxes
Last but probably my favorite makeup organization idea is to use acrylic boxes. These are transparent so you can see what’s inside a drawer. I also like how you can see the colors of the products, and the whole look is a lot cleaner too.
You can buy these boxes at a variety of stores, I have seen them at Home Goods, The Container Store and also on Amazon. Here are some great examples:
Sorry this is so small, I couldn’t get it to enlarge any more!
I hope that these makeup organization ideas have you feeling inspired to organize and decorate your vanity. I know I am ready to go attack mine! And I think shopping for makeup might be in order too, or maybe perfume…..BOTH!!!! 🤗