Makeup Organization & Storage


I bet you all have been wondering how and where I store my monstrously huge collection of makeup. Maybe you have not been wondering but perhaps have thought about it. Okay, okay!  I have been wondering if you all were wondering and that is why I am posting this.

About a year ago, I bought the Sterilite 7 Drawer Storage Cart and I have managed to fill it up quite nicely. When I purchased it, it was on sale for $30. I took a look at the Target website and it looks like it is not available at the moment. You could check back in a week or two and see if they have restocked it. Here is the entire set up:

L-R: White Sephora makeup train (part of the pro kit), basket of cotton balls, jewelry boxes and random, Sterilite 7 Drawer Cart, Staples 5 Drawer Cart.

Starting with the Sterilite:

The drawers have a flip top lid. This is a slight inconvenience. I have to pull out the drawer and then open the lid while balancing it on the edge of the cart.

1st Drawer: Neutrals, browns & black eye makeup (shadows, liners & mascaras)

Colorful eye makeup (shadows, liners & mascara)

Lipsticks, glosses & liners. Yep, this drawer is full! This is a mix of my personal stash and the lipsticks I keep in my pro kit. I slice off the tip of the bullet and smush it into my lip palette. It makes transporting products easier.

Blushes, foundations, powders, and face products.

Samples, extras I dont always reach for, packaging.

False lashes, headbands, flat iron, extra NYX l/s, Barry M dazzle dusts

Extras for my pro kit: disposable mascara wands, foundation sponges, MAC 15 well palette inserts (keep them just in case), a box of Lakme eye kajal pencils, and other extras.

The Staples 5 Drawer Cart contains nail polish in the first four drawers. The bottom holds my personal palettes.

Purple polishes (some are in the back, out of view. You will notice this in the upcoming shots).

Blues & "Wild Colors" polishes

Neutrals, Golds, Blacks & Whites. The red polishes are kept in a huge plastic shoebox container.

Green polishes


Palettes drawer. This is the deepest drawer, so I decided to use it to store the palettes.


To show you how deep the drawer is:

Side view of drawer

I had to pull out my Stars Makeup Haven Large palette to reveal the contents underneath it. Here is the partially filled palette:

Open palette

So that’s where the makeup lives! How do you guys store your makeup?


About themakeuptrain

Beauty/product junkie hiding behind the title of certified makeup artist (that's the excuse I use for my makeup addiction). I am a human pet to two cats, a full time college student majoring in Cultural Anthropology and an organic food enthusiast (read: organic food freak) who cooks, bakes, and has not burned down the kitchen (I'm waiting for it). New York has put up with all of this thus far, so here is where I reside. I can be reached for comments, questions, complaints, and incoherent babbling at:
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