The best makeup organizer will do wonders for even the most extensive cosmetic collections. As much as I try to live like Marie Kondo, I always find my bathroom shelves and cabinets looking more like a mini Sephora after an earthquake rather than the clutter-free, pristine powder room I aspire to have. I’ve debated getting rid of everything, but for some reason, I feel the need to have every shade of highlighter, lipstick, and blush known to man. So to keep my arsenal of cosmetics neat and tiny, I rely on a few beauty organizers.
Searching for the best makeup organizers, you’ll find there’s really something for everyone. From acrylic tubes designed to help makeup brushes stand upright on display to woven canisters that add warmth to my bathroom. I’ve even discovered beautiful leather pouches and toiletry bags. Honorable mention also goes to the classic hard-case Caboodles kit. Vogue senior beauty editor Lauren Valenti recently used the hero organizer to help her edit down her makeup collection. “In tandem with my desire to live more simply and sustainably, this relic of my childhood was quickly catalyzing a long-overdue, very adult lifestyle change,” says Valenti.
All these and more ideas to spruce up and declutter your bathroom cabinets and drawers, below.
The Best Makeup Organizers, According to Vogue
For those who prefer to catch flights, not feelings, a travel case is the easiest way to keep everything organized and intact when on the go. After all, there’s nothing worse than not being able to find your lipsticks or realizing that your foundation bottle has cracked, leaking over your new cashmere sweater. We prefer a travel case that is spacious enough to fit everything you need for a night out, with a handle for easy transportation and various internal compartments to keep everything secured in one place.
Vanity cases are great, but they can often be bulky or too big for a quick overnight getaway or for storage in your tote or gym bag. Enter pouches: lightweight, convenient, and with so many cute options available (many from our favorite bag designers), it’s easy to find one that feels uniquely you.
When applying makeup, it helps to have everything organized so that you can easily experiment with new looks or always have your favorite lipstick shade and blush within reach. After all, it’s easy for products to pile up in chaotic disarray without a vanity counter to organize and separate them. Whether you prefer a rotating display case or everything neatly stacked and compartmentalized, there’s a beauty organizer for you out there.
Ah, brushes, the unsung heroes of most makeup routines. They deserve to be organized too, especially considering the amount of grime and dust they’d collect lying flat on your vanity. We love a good brush organizer as it keeps them upright and also doubles as a drying tool for when you give them a good wash. But if you don’t want something as obvious (read: acrylic), we’re also partial to a beautiful cup holder.
There comes a time in everyone’s life when you realize that you’ve acquired too many beauty items. Now, the course of action is to either purge them (chances are, many of them are expired) or to get a standing organizer because you simply need the extra room. These organizers are also helpful if you want to keep all of your skin and hair items in one convenient place.
If you prefer to keep your beauty items in a drawer, trays are an easy way to keep things organized and out of sight. Alternatively, you can buy ones you’re proud to display and set everything atop them on your vanity. The size you choose really depends on what you’re looking to store, but thankfully, many come with an assortment of sizes, so you’re free to play around with it.