When the Beauty Spotlight Team decided to post about storage solutions for cosmetics, I must say I felt I was a little out of my element. Frankly, I have been overwhelmed by the size of my cosmetics collection. For most of my life, I could fit my entire makeup collection in a small makeup bag. Well, things have changed! My once relatively spacious bathroom and now my office are both filled with cosmetics of all kinds. I give away a lot of makeup, but I definitely could stand to do a purge again.
I’ve been figuring out storage solutions as I go along. I did not have a master plan. For a long time, I kept my products in bags and shoeboxes in the linen closet in my bathroom. I’ve definitely outgrown that idea, and I’ve come up with specific storage fixes.
If possible, I like to use attractive storage solutions especially if the storage is something I keep out in my bedroom, bathroom or office. For instance, some time ago, I did a post about storing the makeup brushes I use most often. I bought an apothecary jar that I keep on the vanity in my bathroom.
To the left of the brushes is a blue glass container that I bought at Crabtree & Evelyn years ago to keep my cotton pads in. To the right is a handmade jar that I brought back from Siena Italy that’s perfect for my travel size eyeliner pencils. And I keep Q-tips in this pretty Wedgwood jasper ware container that I bought in London years ago. I can see from the photo that’s it’s splattered with soap and toothpaste – that shows you that it’s right on my bathroom vanity where I can grab it easily (I’ll wash it soon!!)
And I recently picked up this cute aqua metal, cut-out cup for $1 in that great treasure trove area in Target where everything costs either $1 or $3. It’s so handy for storing my eye cream/gel tubes.
I liked the apothecary jar for my brushes so much that I bought a three tier apothecary jar at West Elm to store most of my nail polish collection as well as my Milani eyeshadow singles (originally reviewed here).
I have waaaaaay too many eyeshadow palette. I found a storage box at Homegoods that’s in the accent colors of my bedroom. I manage to store over 30 eyeshadow palettes of all sizes in this box!
Recently, I purchased two small storage units that I keep on either side of my desk/cabinet in my office. My office is Tiffany blue, so when I saw this affordable (around $25) 3 drawer unit with soft, lightweight removable drawers at Target, I knew I needed to buy it. I try to remember to store the products I receive for review in the big lower drawer so I don’t forget where I put them. You can see, however, that I still am not the neatest person. Those are items from subscription boxes on top that I plan to giveaway.
I still didn’t have enough storage so that my makeup would be easy to get on a daily basis. To that end, I recently purchased a 10-drawer storage unit on Amazon (about $35). I keep a different type of makeup in each drawer, e.g. lipsticks in the top drawer, eyeliner and lip pencils in another drawer etc. As you can see, I’ve got a small, 3 drawer unit on top that’s still empty at the moment.
So those are my current cosmetics storage solutions. I’m open to more ideas, however. Do you have any suggestions for me?