7 Makeup Storage Ideas

If you’re a beauty junkie like me, then you’ll probably have at least some form of makeup collection. Whether you like to stick to a small kind of capsule collection or you absolutely love collecting makeup, so much so that you’ve accumulated a huge collection over the years, you’re probably going to need somewhere to store your collection and keep it as organised and tidy as possible. I’ve got a series of ideas to share with you in which you can store your makeup to suit whatever needs you might possibly have and that are more on the budget friendly kind of side.

Makeup Storage Ideas

1. Draws – Now if you’re familiar with the brand, Ikea, then you’ll probably be aware of their ‘Alex’ drawer range that quite a few beauty lovers go for to keep all things beauty inside. Me being one of them #guilty. I can definitely see why they live up to the hype. Not only are they super stylish looking, but they also are so good value for money. The quality of them is so good and I love how much room each draw has. You can either go for the 5 draw that comes with 3 small drawers and two bigger ones for £50 or the 9 draws with five small draws and 9 bigger ones for £90. Of course, there are other brands which do similiar style draws that you can use. All you really need is a chest of draws that suit your style, budget and needs. There’s a whole range out there. Great places to look include Agros, Wilko and Dunelm. 

The only cons to using draws to store your makeup in would be the lack of display that comes with this style of storage. You won’t be able to see any products, particularly any luxurious ones that are worthy of display and you also have to take into account your spending funds. Some places are quite pricey when it comes to furniture, so if you are going to splash the catch, then ensure you pick a piece that is going to be of great quality and going to be used for a long period of time.

2. Dressing table – Another style of furniture you could go for as your makeup storage is a dressing or vanity table. Not only are these great for organising your makeup, but they’re also a piece to use as the place you go to every morning to put on your makeup. I also think they scream femininity and you can style them to make them look really lovely within your room space. Most vanity’s come with drawers included, so you can pop your collection into there or display other smaller sized storage on top of the vanity. Again you’ll have to take the price into consideration as furniture is expensive. But I think it’s a great investment piece not just for storing makeup. It’s worth mention again that Ikea is a great place to look. Not only is it affordable, but you can pretty much find exactly what you want on there. Malm is a great shout. Other places to have a look at are Argos, Dunelm, Marks & Spencer and The Range. 

Any downsides to having a dressing table as your main storage supply is probably minimal space. The draws in most vanity’s are pretty small and secluded, so if you have a big collection you might want to avoid using this as your primary place to store your makeup inside. Also a lack of display of products might turn you off if you want to show them off around your room. 

7 Makeup Storage Ideas

3. Pots/Jars – If you’ve got a smaller collection, storing your makeup in pots or jars might be the perfect option for you. Whether you go for a glass, plastic or tinned option, ensure whatever style you go for goes with the rest of your room and is practical enough for your requirements. You can get jars and posts pretty much anywhere. The Range, Hobbycraft, Supermarkets, Ikea are just some of the places you might want to go to find your perfect pots or jars. Plus you can store other cosmetic tools inside these jars such as your makeup brushes, eyelash curlers, tweezers etc. If you wanted to do your own to save some extra pounds, then washing out any old food jars and using them is a great option. Also you could use any old candle jars or plant pots. 

Downsides to this option is that it’s probably not advisable if you have quite a large collection of makeup. You might find it hard to find pots the right sizes for some of your makeup products. 

4. Vanity trolley/cart – Another option to store your makeup in is a vanity trolley or cart. These are typically three tier trolleys with wheels on the bottom. This option is perfect for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of space and is always changing where they put on their makeup, whether that’s the bathroom or the bedroom. Plus you will be able to see all your makeup sat on the shelves, which means picking out products will be easy and you can still admire their beauty in whatever room they are based. This is probably more recommended for those with small-medium size collections. You’ll probably find these style of carts in the kitchen or bathroom sections of most stores. Ikea, Wayfair, Lakeland and Urban Outfitters supply these style of carts.

7 Makeup Storage Ideas

The only negatives might be a lack of space within the cart tiers for all your makeup products, so you might have to invest in another option alongside it. When wheeling your cart from room to room, some products may get damaged or break in the moving process. 

5. A makeup bag – Probably more of one of the obvious options is storing your makeup inside a makeup bag. There are hundreds of makeup bags out there to choose from, you can find them in most high street stores and online retailers, like Boots, Superdrug, New Look, Topshop, H&M, ASOS etc. They’re also super travel friendly, so you can easily throw them into your bag and take them with you on the go or any long haul travels. This style of storage is probably more suited for those with smaller collections due to the lack of space. 

The only problem with this one is that they do tend to get more on the messy side of things with products leaking and being tightly close together. This might be one to avoid if you don’t want to ruin any products and want to keep them neat and tidy elsewhere.

6. A case – When you think of makeup cases, you probably picture a makeup artist heading to her next photo shoot with all her makeup for her clients shut up inside a big large case. You can easily use this idea for your own makeup collection. This is a really good way to organise all your makeup with the use of the different sections inside. It will keep them extra clean and in a great condition It’s also very travel friendly, so if you find yourself moving around alot and like to bring a lot with you, then this could be perfect to suit all your needs. You could also add other cosmetic products inside like any skin or hair products. I would say this is probably more aimed at medium to larger sized collections. But I definitely it’s a great affordable buy if you invest in this style. You can find these in places like Argos and Amazon.

In my opinion, when it comes to using a case to store your makeup collection inside, I think it’s quite bulky and might be a bit too out of the way to store if you don’t have a lot of space or can’t fit it into your decor. It might not also suit any smaller collections and doesn’t give you the chance to keep it on display.

7 Makeup Storage Ideas

Acrylic draws – Apart from the Ikea Alex drawers, I would say this next one is another firm favourite with beauty lovers. Acrylic draws are a clear transparent organiser style draw set. You can literally find these in so many different stores these days. They’re originally from the Muji website, but other places like Tkmaxx, Primark, Ryman and Oliver Bonas also sell these style of drawers. What I love about these is that they not only are very practical, but they also look good and go with so many different room themes due to them being clear. You can also stack the draws up to meet your requirements and also add lipstick holders on top to keep your lip products stored well too. Whilst they are more recommended for those with smaller collections, you can easily use these to put on top of your vanity or other draw units for extra storage space if you have a larger collection. 

How do you store your makeup?

Lauren x

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  1. soslu badem
    November 18, 2016 / 9:32 am

    thanks for sharing ….Have a good weekendwww.soslubadem.blogspot.com.tr

    • Lauren Victoria
      November 18, 2016 / 12:30 pm

      Have a great weekend xx

  2. Kate Rose xo
    November 18, 2016 / 11:16 am

    I use acrylic storage to hold my makeup a the moment but I really want to invest in the Alex drawers, they look fab! xKate// katerosexo1.blogspot.com

    • Lauren Victoria
      November 18, 2016 / 12:31 pm

      They're definitely a great investement! I love mine xx

  3. Katie
    November 18, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    Great ideas! I wish I had some Alex drawers, they look so nice. At the moment I have the bulk of my collection stored in plastic drawers with other makeup displayed on top of my vanity. Old candle jars are a great idea, I usually use old perfume boxes for storing makeup brushes! http://www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

    • Lauren Victoria
      November 19, 2016 / 12:33 pm

      Thank you, Katie!! Aw sound's cute. Old perfume boxes is a great idea xx

  4. AnnaBelle
    November 18, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    I gave up my makeup table when I moved and now live out of make-up bags. I have them sorted by make-up tape. its not awesome, but it doesn't completely suck.

    • Lauren Victoria
      November 19, 2016 / 12:33 pm

      Aw it's better than nothing!!xx

  5. Amy
    November 18, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    I wish I had space in my home for Alex drawers! I checked them out when I was in IKEA last and they were perfect. I would love to have a dressing room with a dressing table. They never date and always add a pretty touch to any room 🙂 have a great weekend lovely xxAmy | http://www.whatamydid.co.uk

    • Lauren Victoria
      November 19, 2016 / 12:34 pm

      Ah I'd love a dressing room with a table too!! Thanks so much, Amy. You too xx

  6. Erin Grace
    November 19, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    I keep mine in acrylic drawers I got off amazon! I love how they have individual spaces to hold lipsticks and they are really nice to display makeup. I'd love to use Alex Drawers too, they look amazing in photos!xErin // Everything Erin

    • Lauren Victoria
      November 19, 2016 / 2:13 pm

      Aw I definitely agree with you!! Both are so good for photos xx

  7. Tijana Momcilovic
    November 19, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    lovely post :)http://itsmetijana.blogspot.rs/

    • Lauren Victoria
      November 20, 2016 / 11:26 am

      Thank you, Tijana xx

  8. Dalal Tahira
    November 19, 2016 / 11:08 pm

    I store my makeup in one of the Muji acrylic drawers and it's literally perfect because I have such a small collection so it fits everything! For my makeup brushes I just have them in this pot I bought from ikea and they all look so cute ahh. can you tell I love makeup storage hahaDalal monochromedaisies.blogspot.com

    • Lauren Victoria
      November 20, 2016 / 11:28 am

      Haha aw sound's really lovely!! Ikea is a fab place to go to for storage xx

  9. Valentina Batrac
    November 20, 2016 / 10:02 am

    This post is really helpful, thank you so much for writing it! I need to organise my makeup asap haha. Amazing photos xxValentina from https://psminimalist.blogspot.com/

    • Lauren Victoria
      November 20, 2016 / 11:28 am

      Aw thank you, Valentina! That's such a lovely comment xx

  10. Sophie Mariah
    November 20, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    This post is so helpful! I need to get myself some acrylic drawers, I have no space for a dressing table and it's so hard to find my makeup in my makeup bag without scrambling through it all! Sophie xx | http://www.snippetofsophie.com

    • Lauren Victoria
      November 21, 2016 / 10:33 am

      Thanks so much, Sophie! I'm glad you found it helpful. Acrylic drawers will be perfect for you xx

  11. Tiffany Legg
    November 20, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    Great tips, thanks for sharing. I love my acrylic drawers, they're such an easy way to store makeup x Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

    • Lauren Victoria
      November 21, 2016 / 10:34 am

      Thanks, Tiffany! Me too. They're great xx

  12. Frankly Flawless -
    November 20, 2016 / 5:46 pm

    Great tips, one can never have enough storage right?! xfranklyflawless.com|YSL Giveaway 

    • Lauren Victoria
      November 21, 2016 / 10:34 am

      Thank you! You're so right xx

  13. alittlekiran
    November 20, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    Great storage ideas! I thought about getting a travel case or kit from Zoeva or Makeup Forever but I prefer clear storage so I can see what I own. Lovely post xALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Lauren Victoria
      November 21, 2016 / 10:34 am

      Thanks so much, Kiran!!xx

  14. Jess Athorn
    November 20, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    Great ideas! I love your blog theme by the way, it's so pretty 🙂

    • Lauren Victoria
      November 21, 2016 / 10:35 am

      Thanks very much, Jess!xx

    • Lauren Victoria
      November 21, 2016 / 10:35 am

      Thank you, Katherine:)xx

  15. Angelika G
    November 21, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    I wanted Alex draws for like ever.. Well, since they've appeared on youtube! But I don't live anywhere permanently for longer than a year while I'm at uni, so I just stick to cases, surface space and Acrylic draws for now 🙂

    • Lauren Victoria
      November 22, 2016 / 4:33 pm

      Aw they sound just as good xx

  16. Miss Danielle
    November 22, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    The little pot you have is so cute. I like to recycle big candle jars too for brushes. Danielle // missdanielle.com

  17. Cally O'Neill
    January 5, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    I'm currently storing mine in some basic storage baskets from Argos which comes with 4 stacked baskets and I've got some clear acrylic draws and lipstick holders on top. They're totally rammed so I need something bigger! I also have old Nutella jars to hold my brushes in!Very informative post, I'll bare some things in mind when I eventually buy something bigger xCally | xcallyloves.blogspot.co.uk

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