How to Organize Your Makeup Drawer

Save time searching for your makeup by organizing your makeup drawer.


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Whether you're a certified hoarder or are just messy, get things put away, organized, and under control with this Howcast series.

You Will Need

  • Plan
  • Water
  • Mild shampoo
  • Liner
  • Organizing trays


  1. Step 1

    Examine the makeup

    Examine the makeup and throw away any makeup that is expired, smells funny, has changed color, or has dried out. Also throw away makeup that you won't use.

  2. Old makeup can build up bacteria and germs that can cause infections, like pink eye and skin breakouts.

  3. Step 2

    Sort items

    Sort items together. Group eyeliners, eye shadow, mascara, and blushes.

  4. Step 3

    Wash brushes

    Wash brushes with lukewarm water and a mild shampoo.

  5. Step 4

    Clean out the drawer

    Clean out the makeup drawer, and replace the liner with a new one.

  6. Step 5

    Place items in organizer

    Place the makeup that you use on a daily basis in organizing trays. Place the organizing trays in your drawer.

  7. Makeup should be stored in a dry, cool place.

  8. Step 6

    Stay organized

    Stay organized by returning your makeup back to its proper place when you are done.

  9. Eye shadows expire after two years, mascara after three months, and eyeliners after three months.