July 14, 2016

5 Ways to Organize Your Makeup Life

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5 Ways to Organize Your Makeup Life

I have to admit there has come a point in my life where I just feel like downsizing my entire makeup collection. But sanity soon returns and I just think up extra ways to organize my makeup life versus downsizing it.

Here are 5 ways to organize your makeup life that may or may not help get that big old beauty stash under control!

Label Everything with Expiration Dates
Head to amazon.com and purchase yourself a cheap label machine and start labeling your makeup, perfume, and skincare after each purchase. Believe me, this goes a long way at helping you to keep tracking what stays and what has to go. I place a small date of purchase label on the bottom of all my skincare! I keep the boxes my fragrances come in and label the inside flap with a date of purchase. Likewise for makeup compacts, etc…..When you start checking those dates after a year or two it’ll help a lot knowing that the product is well within or well past its expiration date if you have a huge stash and can’t recall exactly when you made a purchase! This is particularly helpful with skincare as I have a lot which I use in rotation and sometimes I won’t use one particular item for a long time and forget when I purchased it and how old it is. That little label reminds me if it’s a tosser or not!

Keep your Staples, Essentials, Favorites, and Most Reached for Makeup Separately
Do yourself a massive favor and head to the Container Store or some online shop and buy a little storage unit, makeup bag, or train case to keep your beauty staples and essentials in. I use Benefit Lemon Aid Daily, Em The Great Cover Up Concealer, and I’m always using NARS Orgasm Blush, and the new Maybelline Shine Shot is getting a daily work out too. All of these items I tuck away separately because I don’t want to have to look for them in my huge sea of makeup and beauty. Believe me it saves a lot of time if you have your favorite foundations, concealers, lipsticks, blushes, and other goodies that you use often in one spot.

Rotate Often
Rotate your makeup and your perfumes! Believe me if you don’t you’ll be sorry because they’ll go bad before you have a chance to use them. I like to rotate my stash every season. It gives me a fresh new set of makeup or fragrance to look through plus I’m not always looking at the same shades and products by being too lazy to rotate.

Organize by Season not by Color or Brand
Some folks like to organize their makeup collections by color and others by brand but I organize by season. I like to bring out all my nudes in the Fall, I like golden peach blushes in the Summer, I love sparkly shades for the Holidays, etc…! Organizing beauty items and makeup colors by season will get your beloved products more air time.

Don’t Be Scared to Toss It
Ok, so you’re not going to want to part with the limited edition Dior Blush you brought twenty years ago which is unused. But everything else? Toss it! Anything you can easily replace should be tossed if it is old and thanks to the handy labeling system I described above it should be easier than every to scale down and toss items that are expired or aging!

Good Luck!

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Nikki

    I went thru my entire makeup collection last month and swatched everything. I divided it by season and put the “nots” in a drawer for my daughter to play with (she’s 2 and already into makeup!). My current season’s makeup is on the counter while the rest is put up to be switched out in a couple months.

  • Dee

    I do the same as you in that I rotate by season and keep my daily items separate from everything else.

  • Robin

    I’m decluttering my house and my makeup stash is on the agenda tomorrow. It’s hard to toss because eyeshadow palettes are so pretty. I also look at them and think how much I spent for each item. Ugh! But if I’m not using them, why keep them? By Monday, my goal is to have it down to five palettes (Laura Mercier, Benefit cheekathon, Urban Decay Naked 3, Stila Perfect palettes in Fair and Light) Keeping all Colourpop since I use their lippie stix daily. Two mascaras and I think that will be it.

    Now I just have to be strong and not buy the upcoming collections for fall and holiday!

    container store is wonderful! We recently got one about an hour from where I live. Nirvana!

    • Isabella Muse

      Nicely done Robin! I really really really wish I could get it down to five palettes! I’m so impressed! 😀 Oh girl, I have two of them within 10 to 15 minutes away so I live there ;-D haha!

  • Christina D.

    Great suggestions, Sista Muse, especially regarding expiration dates.

    I’ve incorporated a new rule for myself: if I acquire something new, something old has to go. Given the recent purchasing binge I indulged in, I tossed or sold quite a few items. Also, I refuse to purchase any new storage containers. I’m too much of a neat freak to have stuff all over the place so if I doesn’t have a storage spot, it has to go.

    Finally, I’m very good about the six-month rule for everything else– if I haven’t used it in six months, it gets tossed, donated, sold or gifted, depending on the condition — so why not cosmetics?

    • Isabella Muse

      do it! seriously sis! do it! It’s really a life saver! I’m the same way, I’m a complete neat freak! But I find myself purchasing more and more storage lately! Rolling eyes!

  • Agona

    I’m actually on the fence of doing a mini purge right now. I can’t decide if I want to keep cardboard palettes in my collection or not. Right now, everything I have is still clean (I try to meticulously wipe them down after use; they have glossy coating on the cardboard for the most part that makes this possible right now) but I know eventually, cardboard gets stains unlike plastic palettes. I do know that for future purchases, it will definitely be a consideration that will make me hesitate because I’m a little OCD about keeping my makeup clean–I wipe down my makeup containers all the time with a damp paper towel and a little bit of vinegar and water.

  • Steff

    Muse! Can you do a more in depth post about how you (as a beauty blogger) organize your makeup collection at home so it doesn’t totally take over your house lol? I’m a new(er) blogger myself and finding that my collection is starting to get a bit overwhelming, but I’m not ready to part with things yet for reviewing/comparison reasons, but don’t like putting things totally out of sight out of fear I’ll forget about them LOL. Is this just standard #bbloggerproblems?

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Steff. I’ve actually done a few different posts about my storage if you look in the archives you’ll find them 🙂 Haha yeah I know the feeling well! It’s totally a beauty blogger problem 😀

  • Kate

    This post is so timely as I was planning on organizing my uncontrollable makeup stash this weekend! I finally decided today that it’s okay to throw out those eyeshadows that I’ll never, ever use. Thanks for the tips, Muse! Glad you’re back; love seeing your emails in my inbox again. 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw my pleasure Kate! Good to be back btw! I missed you all!

    • Agona

      I have a hard time tossing eyeshadows I like but never reach for because every time I start to toss them, I think “but I like them!” but in reality, I have other shadows that I prefer to use and that’s why they’re not getting use. I really need to be better about asking myself if I’m going to actually use them or not.

      • Isabella Muse

        I do this too, Agona! I develop an emotional attachment to everything haha!

  • Nicole

    Well I am blaming you for the delivery I get from the container store, Isabella! LOL! My label maker and I label EVERYTHING! My other half actually said, “I see your surgery has not slowed down your ability to use that label maker.” I just rolled my eyes and wrinkled my nose. 😀 As he walked out of the room Max (our now 7 year old Ragdoll kitty) was sitting next to me keeping me company, he said, “Don’t label Max, he is 33 1/2 pounds and looks like a cat.” Then he started laughing and I can’t laugh too hard so he’s a dork!
    When he sees the containers I ordered, I swear he will say, “I am calling the doctor this OCD medication is just making you more OCD!” I just reply well Isabella told me about this place online, the Container Store… He’ll ask for your number and ask if you know how crazy you are making him! HaHa! I’m so excited for my order to come!!! 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      lol Nicole! Oh no! 😀 sorry! haha! I just love me the container store 😀 hahaha! Don’t label the cat, he’s right! ;-D LOL! It’s ok you can blame me for EVERYTHING! 😀

      • Nicole

        Oh good, glad you don’t mind! 😉 I won’t label Max, well I could label him “Best Kitty Ever”… 😀 By the way, your little I, want to say baby, but pup is adorable!
        Don’t be sorry! I ordered some stuff for the better half in the bathroom too (or because it drives me nuts to open his linen closet and drawers). I’m so nice! LOL! 😀
        Oooooo…. I could do Max’s room!!!

        • Isabella Muse

          lol! I’m going to label my baby “best pup evers!” haha 😀 and thank you! Now you have to show me Max so I can squee over him ;-D Ha! Or you can be like me buy containers to put your containers in!

          • Nicole

            Sent you those pics of Max!
            I think I have already been told I put my containers in containers. Well I know where my stuff is and am not asking, “Where are my tweezers, clippers, my razor refills?” LOL! 😀

  • Jenny G

    I have a medium collection I would say. I dont’ label the products but I keep a track on excel. I rotate and I try to use everything up, but that is a miss for lipstick and palettes in general because I just love to collect them. It is great to organize your makeup so you don’t buy something you already have or let something go bad. Great topic!!!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks Jenny glad you enjoyed the topic 😀 and thanks for commenting!

  • Ashe

    I hate tossing eyeshadows but I keep in mind that anything you use near your eyes is worth a replacement! No sense in getting an infection or irritation when you can easily replace a color 🙂

  • VailValleyGirl

    Thank you for the tip regarding seasonal products.
    After this article I went on a clean out and tossed out a few products.
    Is it possible to sell make-up online? Isn’t it against health department rules to sell make up? Or is that just commercially. I have a few products that I could sell.

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasure! There’s something called Glam Bot where you can send your used makeup to them and they’ll estimate a value and send you paypal funds. But I’ve heard a lot of bad things about the service so, do your research before using it. I’m not really sure, personally I’ve never sold used makeup before, the idea kind of grosses me out but people do it on their blogs and across a variety of different forums also people trade on MUA and such. I’m sure if you google you’ll find some place to sell it and also if it is against the law etc!

      • Agona

        I looked into GlamBot, and I think it’s geared towards Beauty Bloggers because you need to send in at least 20 items at a time.

        What I normally do, if it’s gently used, I use a Q-tip to scrape off the surfaces (or you can use alcohol to sanitize) and pass it along to friends/family.

        In some states, domestic abuse shelters or churches that are helping sex workers get out of the business will take gently use cosmetic donations. It depends on that state’s health regs but for the most part, these type of chartable causes are for women who literally have nothing but the clothes on their backs and anything helps.

        • Agona

          I forgot to mention…if it’s anything but new or gently used (aka well-used but fell out of love with it), then I just toss. It’s sad to toss something that you used to love but don’t anymore (or just don’t use or reach for) but I find my collection more enjoyable when it’s not overwhelming.

  • Bah Lopes

    Awesoooooome ways! I have never thought about labeling the cosmetics, it goes tooooooo simple and practical in the end! I’m in love about it, congrats! <3

  • Diana Zollner

    Would love to see some pix of your entire makeup/skin care/fragrance stash. Bet it’s a doozy!

    • Isabella Muse

      oh look under storage I have a few older posts with some of my stash but not at all haha!

  • Anne

    I organize my makeup by day and night. Night has false eyelashes, glittery stuff, dark lipsticks etc. Daytime is my nudes and mattes.
    And then I have a stash of extras under my sink (mainly, mascara and eye primer because I toss those things out every few months regularly so I need backup).

    I love the idea of setting aside my always-use makeup. I should just keep them out. And I definitely need to start labeling some things. It’s easy to remember when I got the mascara if it’s three months old, not so easy to remember when I got that perfume that maybe is smelling funky. 🙂