Makeup Collection Storage Ideas

Sunday, October 27, 2013


I've spent more time than I should probably admit thinking of ways to store my makeup. I suppose as someone that has a love for both organising things and beauty products...well it was bound to happen. Makeup collection posts and Youtube videos are some of my favourites, not only do they satisfy my nosey blogger inquisitiveness but also give me ideas of the best ways to store my own stuff. If you haven't spent quite as long looking into the topic as I have, but want a quick round up of some of the most popular beauty storage solutions- here they are!

I love the modern and clean look of clear acrylic, the mini sized drawers are perfect for splitting your collection into different categories. What makes muji storage such a winner is that individual drawer and divider units can be stacked together and added to- this means you can always add to them if your collection grows. There's loads of different variations too from wide drawers to narrow drawers, and various different shapes and sizes of boxes that you can have with or without lids. John Lewis do a stackable jewellery storage range similar to this which I think is a great idea, I have so many accessories and as with my makeup I'm always wondering how to store them. 

2. Ikea Alex/ Malm Tall Drawers
While I don't think these are particularly pretty pieces of furniture, I can definitely see why they're so popular. The narrow drawers mean they don't take up too much floor space, and because there are lots of drawers within the one unit it means you can have all of your collection in one place. Take my word for it, a LOT of searching for similar pieces around this price bracket and I came up dry- the only tall units I could find were in the £200-£300 price range. Both of these sets of drawers are less than £100, which is an amazing price for any piece of sturdy furniture. I'd probably go out and buy one of these tomorrow, the only thing stopping me is they'd look terrible stood next to my ivory dressing table (I wish I'd considered this before I bought the thing- a matching tall unit is impossible to find without spending hundreds!)

3. Plastic Storage Trolley
The same concept as the Ikea drawers, the tall unit takes up hardly any floor space and the fact that theres a lot of drawers means things can easily be categorised. They're less expensive and more mobile than solid furniture, so are ideal if you want to store everything away in a cupboard and then wheel it out into your room when you're getting ready. While they lack the sturdiness of fixed furniture, if you need something that can easily be stored away or moved around this is the perfect thing for the job.

This is how I'm currently storing my makeup, I have a set of five wide drawers in my bedroom which are dedicated to my beauty stuff. Each drawer is categorised by theme (face, lips, eyes, nails, skincare) and then each drawer is split into different sections depending on the product. For example the face drawer is split into: foundations/ bb creams, blushes, bronzers, highlighters, concealers, powders and primers. I use mini white baskets in some drawers, and ikea drawer dividers in others. The good thing about this is that you can use furniture you already have in your bedroom; previously I was using these drawers to store things like spare bedding and basics like leggings and vest tops, which were easily moved to a different set of drawers.

5. Train Case
Typically what professional makeup artists use to carry their kit around, but the fact that they're designed to hold makeup makes them quite handy just for storing products at home too. If you have a smaller collection and want something compact that will keep your makeup protected I think this is a good option.

How do you store your makeup?
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29 comments

  1. Thank you sooooo much for this post!!! I have makeup coming out of my ears and have spent the last week online looking for storage ideas and haven't really found any good ones. A train case just isn't cutting it now. I'm going to start looking for a plastic storage trolley asap! I can roll it into my closet when I don't need it, I like that. Great post!

    http://mattekat.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thank you, really glad you found it helpful :) The storage trolley would be perfect for keeping everything out of the way until you need it, great space saver!. Have a look on ebay for them, the ones I've shown link to ebay UK but if you're somewhere else in the world you should still be able to find them x

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  2. Those storage trolleys would be great for people living in small flats :) I like that they are on wheels too,so I can take them wherever I need them.Lovely choices x

    http://peachypowderpuff.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I agree, I live in a flat myself so know that it's not always practical to have a huge amount of space dedicated to just beauty stuff (until the day I can have a whole bedroom dedicated to clothes and makeup- I'm still wishing for it to happen haha!) x

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  3. I've wanted muji storage for so so long! I think they look so chic and they're so practical! Top of my Christmas list this year haha. x

    Gemma // DuggyDimples

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    1. I love the look of clear storage, I have an acrylic makeup holder on my dressing table for my most used products and I love it :) I'd definitely love to have an entire Muji set for my makeup collection. I hope Santa isn't feeling stingy and you get your storage! :) x

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  4. I really want the small version of the Alex unit, but it only comes in White and all my bedroom furniture is Black :(

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    1. dont you just hate it when that happens! :( I'd love the Malm or Alex but as they only come in different wood effects or white they wont go at all with my current ivory furniture which is so annoying. I've seen a gorgeous mirrored tall set of drawers that would match perfectly but it's £300- a bit out of my budget for makeup storage lol x

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  5. Fab post I just bought the malm dresser so next on my list is the Alex or malm drawers, such great value for money!
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

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    1. I saw a makeup collection video on Youtube about two years ago where the girl had the Malm tall unit and have wanted it ever since! I wish I'd just bought my dressing table from Ikea now so could have had the whole set would have been perfect. Would love to know which one you went for when you get it! :) x

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  6. The Malm dresser in white and Muji drawers are firmly on my wishlist, they will be mine some day! At the moment I have a few storage trays I got in TK Maxx as my make-up simply will not fit into a make-up bag.. But they are overflowing so I need something else to fit it all! x

    Rachael | overdosedemaquillage.blogspot.com ♥

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  7. I love those Mujhi draws . just got them last week :) they are awesome !!
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  8. I currently use different dividers and containers but I can't wait to have a proper make up vanity and maybe the Ikea Alex, since everyone seem to love it so much :)

    sparklewithlaughter.blogspot.com

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  9. i'm just like you, spending way too much time looking for ways to organize my makeup :D i'm thinking of getting the alex drawers for christmas as i want them for such a long time, but i'm also currently designing my own makeup organizer for my product design course which hopefully will end up really good :D
    http://confessionsofagnes.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. I need to do something about my makeup storage BAD. Right now I'm using one of those Rubbermaid things. I mean, it does the job because there's separate drawers but it's uglier than sin.

    VoyageOfTheMeeMee

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  11. My makeup is currently in its travel bag still because I've just moved. It'll probably stay there and under the that room sink until January when I move again so for now its safe and I know where I can find it if need be.

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  12. The Muji drawers are the best! I did a really old review of them but I just bought some more and plan to do another post of them on my new vanity table. I guess Muji is my consolation prize for not being able to afford the Original Beauty Box or the Sherrieblossom Ice Box. :)

    http://glossyglamblog.blogspot.com/2013/09/makeup-storage-muji-review.html

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  13. I love clear makeup containers! I need to try and get the MALM tall drawers though or a MALM desk. I love being organised with my makeup, IKEA have some containers too and they're pretty cheap! http://www.ikea.com/ie/en/catalog/products/50043573/ €2.00 so £1.70 for you! Thanks so much for all these ideas! x

    Leanne | makeupblast.blogspot.ie | bloglovin.com/blog/3923219

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  14. Great post I love the tall malm draws :)

    Sophie
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  15. I have an IKEA Helmer to store my nail polish (not full but almost there), and the majority of my makeup fits in my Lori Greiner Deluxe Wood Cosmetic Box. I also keep some of my liner and lip gloss in various makeup bags.

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  16. I have a huge acrylic drawers (same has the Kardashians) which I won in a Kardashian Beauty competition. They cost around £120 to buy so I was quite lucky really. It came filled with make up too, adding my own collection to it and it's quite full :)

    Kate | A British Sparkle x

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  17. Loved this post and it really nice to see a whole array of different design solutions. I use Muji drawers which I love and my dressing table has a big drawer too :)

    Kimberley x

    www.kimberleysbeautyblog.com

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  18. I really want one of the Ikea drawers, but we don't have Ikea here.... ugh. I have a desk where my whole life resides and that includes all my makeup. I'm squished in a corner, haha. My little beauty corner, literally. :)

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  19. Love the storage ideas :) Adore your blog :)

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  20. Love this idea. i think number 2 would be good for me :) looks plenty of draws with it :) x

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  21. What a great post! I am in desparate need of organizing my makeup. It's such a mess right now. These are fabulous ideas!!

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  22. I can't say I have ever written a review for a storage place before, but hey there is a first time for everything and these people are really good! They are the only place I visited that took the time to show me my options and did not try and force me into a larger unit.
    Sitelink self storage software

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