If I’m being totally honest, my salary doesn’t stretch to buying the most expensive makeup on the market. Of course, I do splurge every so often on the latest and greatest product TikTok told me to buy. But because a lot of my foundations, concealers, blushes, and contour sticks are just drugstore buys, I don’t take care of them. They get shoved in my makeup bag, stuffed wherever there’s a gap on my bathroom counter, and sometimes just thrown on my floor. Recently, though, I’ve come to the conclusion that my life is just a bit TOO messy. So, I’ve decided to start sorting out my sh*t. I’ve been buying so many home organizers, whether for my closet or my kitchen cabinets, but now it's finally time to organize my makeup. And what better way to do that than with a makeup organizer?
After endlessly scrolling the internet for the best makeup organizers on the market, I’m kicking myself a little bit. I don’t know whyyyyyy I haven’t bought one of these things before! These bad boys can sit perfectly on my bathroom counter (because, let’s be honest, my rental accommodation isn’t big enough for a dressing table), and they’re super portable for overnight stays. Plus, knowing where every single one of my lip glosses is has made me happier than I ever thought possible.
Yep, the nine makeup organizers below have truly changed the game — and I’ve made sure to give you all a few different options to choose from. Whether you’re into drawers or whether you want to see inside your makeup organizer at all times, these are some of the best on the market. And you can quote me on that.
What is the best way to store makeup?
We asked best-selling author and presenter Lynsey Crombie — AKA Queen of Clean — for a few li’l tips on the best ways to organize your makeup. She said to “group products — face, eyes, lips, skincare, and brushes. Try and organize by colors and take into consideration how often you use and give easy access to the everyday items.” So, keep your foundation and your mascara at the front of your makeup organizer, and then place the bizarre makeup you bought for that Halloween party back in 2019 towards the back of the organizer.
Alternatively, just throw away or donate the makeup you don’t use anymore! Buying a makeup organizer could be the PERFECT excuse for you to declutter your makeup bag once and for all. Just remember Lynsey’s final words… “Once you have everything how you want it, give it a weekly clean and monthly sort out so you can keep on top of it.” That doesn’t sound too hard, right?
Then 9 best makeup organizers to buy to finally organize your sh*t
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Makeup organizers with drawers
Makeup comes in all different shapes and sizes, so you need a makeup organizer that offers space for everything, right? A makeup organizer with drawers is perfect if you’re someone who can’t get enough of an eyeshadow pallet, or if you have enough Kylie Skin Lip Oil to cook an egg. But drawers are also great if you prefer to keep your makeup out of sight. After all, the more you see on counters or tables, the messier a room looks! And when you live in a small space, every inch of clean and tidy space makes it look bigger.
With 12 drawers
Size (in.): D9.4 x W5.4 x H15.9
Made from: Plastic
I’ve been obsessed with Amazon desk accessories for ages, but I guess I have a new obsession now. Yep, Amazon is full of amazing makeup organizers, and I just can’t ignore the 11,000+ customers who have all rated this particular product 4.6 stars out of five. Featuring one large standing compartment for your mascara and makeup brushes, this organizer also comes complete with not one (!), not two (!!), and not even three (!!!) drawers. All in all, there are 12 drawers! And they’re all different sizes! The exclamation marks are indeed necessary because this is just too good.
Size (in.): D6 x W7 x H4
Made from: MDF, Vegan Leather
If you haven’t heard of Stackers before, welcome to the Stackers fan club. I am the founder and president, and I shall rave about these products for the rest of my life. That’s because this brand is perfect for people who want to get organized but don’t want to scrimp on cuteness. Yep, these makeup drawers come in three different sizes, and the idea (if you hadn’t already guessed from the name) is that you can buy as many as you want and stack them on top of each other! This means that you can create your own bespoke makeup set-up to suit your space. Plus, it’s made from vegan leather, y’all.
Affordable and acrylic
Size (in.): L6 x W7.5 x H4.4
Made from: Acrylic
If you’re not into fiddly small drawers but still want to keep your makeup items stored in one place, this could be the perfect in-between option. In fact, it’s perfect for larger palettes and compacts! The two large drawers have oodles of space for you to shove everything you need in there, and the acrylic material means that you can see through the plastic without having to rifle around for that one specific eyeshadow palette you’re after. And what makes this product even better is the fact that this is a pack of two! And for that price, I think you’re definitely getting a bargain.
Makeup organizer boxes
Whether you travel for work, you just love spending your money on vacations rather than rent (I don’t blame you), or you head back home for the holidays, a makeup organizer box can come in super handy. Easily transportable, these boxes are perfect for those who want to pick up their makeup and go without having to transfer them to another travel-friendly storage container. Plus, they’re normally made of hight-quality, durable material — so you can accidentally knock them off the countertop without damaging the precious contents inside.
Size: D9.25” x W7.25 x H8”
Made from: Plastic
Makeup boxes are normally a li’l bit pricier than other makeup organizers, but this one is super cute… so it’s worth it, right? This retro-inspired floral makeup box has everything you could possibly need, including four cantilever trays that fold out when you open it. But let’s not forget the giant space in the middle for all of your makeup goodies, too! You could fit so much makeup in here, and the locking latch with keys means that it’s perfect for a dorm room if your roommate has sticky fingers — especially where makeup is concerned.
All-in-one makeup organizer
Size (in.): D8 x W11.7 x H15.5
Made from: Plastic
Drawers? Check. Larger space for foundation bottles? Also check. A carry handle so you can transport your makeup easily? You guessed it. That’s a check, too. Yuh-huh, this makeup box has space for all of the activities, but it’s not super big or bulky. Instead, it’s just the right size and will allow you to organize all of your makeup into different categories and groups. Plus, you can keep everything safe thanks to all of the little cubby holes. But if you do accidentally knock this over when the lid isn’t closed, you don’t need to worry. Here’s how to get makeup out of your rental carpet.
Size: D9.06” x W10.24” x H4.33”
Made from: PU leather
There are so many rental-friendly vanity mirrors out there, but another mirror can always come in handy when you’re trying to perfect the ultimate cut crease, right? Well, you’re in luck. Not only is this product a makeup box, but it also comes with a 3-level light mirror inside of it! But that’s not all. It also comes with 6 box dividers, a charging cable, a storage board, and even a set of makeup brushes in their own li’l pouch. Then, the whole thing zips up when you’re ready to go. It's super convenient for traveling, too, whether that's across the country or from your dorm back to your parents' home.
Acrylic makeup organizers
If you’re looking for the ultimate makeup organizer, look no further. An acrylic makeup organizer will not only go with any room, regardless of how you’ve decorated it, but it’s also super sleek and practical! When you can see through the organizer, you don’t have to waste time opening and closing drawers, or taking all of your makeup out just to see what’s at the back. And I’m all about that easy life, baby.
For large makeup collections
Size (in.): D6.25 x W9.5 x H14.25
Made from: Acrylic
You can always count on Walmart to sell a budget-friendly acrylic makeup organizer that covers literally every base… and then some. This organizer features space up top for standing products such as bottles of foundation and lip gloss, and then different drawers of varying sizes for all of your other li’l makeup bits. And I can guarantee that if you can see what’s in your acrylic organizer, you’re going to keep it tidy. In sight, in mind, right? Or something like that…
Size (in.): D7.3 x W5.9 x H9.4
Made from: Acrylic
Life in plastic, it’s fantastic! Yep, like everyone else in the world right now, I’m obsessed with everything related to the new ‘Barbie’ movie — which is why I’m super into pink home decor. This makeup organizer fits that bill PERFECTLY, and it’s a super cheap option if you’re someone who rarely strays from the everyday makeup look. With four drawers and a few divided compartments above, it’s the perfect companion to your everyday products. Just like Barbie to Ken.
Simple yet effective
Size: H3.75 x W12.125 x D6.125
Made from: Acrylic
Some people love all of their makeup to be in one place, while others prefer things to be a little more spread out… and that’s totally fine! In fact, these makeup organizers are perfect for people who prefer to organize a few li’l bits at a time. Featuring seven different sections in total, there’s space for nine lipsticks, two brushes, a drawer for eyeshadows, and three other open compartments. So, you could even separate your makeup looks if you wanted to. You could pop your daily makeup in one of these makeup organizers, and then your going-out-out makeup in another!
How we chose these makeup organizers
A lot of the products featured here can be found elsewhere on our site in other articles or buying guides. That’s because we only recommend products that are actually worth your time and money. They’ve been picked due to the impressive reviews online, or because the Real Homes team has bought (and fallen in love) with them themselves. These makeup organizers all have great customer reviews, with all of them having at least a four-star rating.
Where to buy a makeup organizer?
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