Tidy Up Your Beauty Collection with the Best Makeup Organizers

updated Jan 6, 2022
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Even if you don’t consider yourself a makeup guru, chances are you’ve struggled when it comes to organizing all the tubes and brushes that make up your beauty collection. Instead of piling them all in a drawer or basket (as I’ve been guilty of doing in the past), using a handy makeup organizer is the best way to store cosmetics and all the assorted toiletries that come with basic self-care. We’ve rounded up our favorites here, from classic acrylic styles to more stylish, creative, and space-saving options below, all for under $50.

Tips for Organizing Makeup

  • Keep everything visible. Hiding away makeup is a surefire way to forget about it or lose it. While it is tempting to keep it out of sight in the name of clutter control, storing makeup in organizers will make everything visible without looking messy.
  • Get creative with household objects. If you don’t want to shell out money for a traditional organizer (or want to supplement one with something extra), there are many ways to DIY your own storage. Using empty candle vessels, spare tupperware, ice cube trays, spice racks, and traditional utensil dividers are just some of the many household objects that can be repurposed for makeup storage.
  • Throw a magnet on it. If you’re in desperate need of counter/drawer space, then magnets are your new best friend. Hang a magnetic board on the wall or on the side of a dresser or desk, attach small magnets onto your makeup (or a container to put the makeup in), and you’ve got a storage solution that won’t take up any valuable space.
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When we polled AT staffers, there was one unanimous winner: the Threshold Hinged Vanity Organizer. "Despite many personal opinions, MOST folks here at AT chose the very simple, well-priced, non-fashion-forward Threshold Hinged Organizer as their top pick," shared Apartment Therapy's CEO Maxwell Ryan. "In fact, a number of them already owned it. Personally, if I had a choice, I'd go for the glass and the gold down below, but what do I know? :)"

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Really not a fan of displaying products on your counter? Then you're going to love this drawer makeup organizer. The POKE A DOT Cosmetic Organizer is great for anyone looking to tidy up a messy makeup drawer. Durable and easy to clean, it comes with eight partitions that can be placed vertically, horizontally, and even diagonally, so you can customize your organizer to your needs.

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A change from the classic acrylic style, this bamboo organizer will instantly elevate your bathroom's look. It might not be big enough for diehard makeup lovers, but it'll easily contain your everyday essentials while adding a nice natural element to your space.

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Our top pick for the budget-conscious, this classy little vanity organizer is made of glass and comes from one of our favorite affordable Target brands. It’s bigger than it looks, too, so storing all your favorites (including eyeshadow palettes) won’t be a problem.

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was $22.69

This rotating organizer is a great solution if you have a lot of makeup but little space. This lazy Susan-esque organizer claims to hold at least 30 brushes and 20 bottles, and we don’t doubt it. Plus, it’s incredibly functional — all the trays are adjustable, so you can create the perfect organizer for your specific products.

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Bed Bath & Beyond
was $44.99

When it comes to makeup organizers, you can’t beat one that doubles as a vanity station. This Joseph Joseph pick includes a detachable mirror, a convenient drawer for all your larger items, and plenty of compartments in all shapes and sizes. The best part: it’s priced pretty low for all the perks you get.

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This Sorbus organizer comes in three stackable pieces, allowing you to arrange it as you like. With three different drawer styles, this is one of the best makeup organizers for those looking for something that can hold a variety of different types of products. Plus, with 15 compartments, you’re guaranteed lots of storage space.

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The Container Store

This storage system is ideal for the ultra-particular people out there. With 12 different pieces to choose from, you can truly build the organizer of your dreams, plus you'll have the freedom to change it up (or add more pieces) as time goes on.

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This vanity organizer from Anthropologie isn’t exactly practical for makeup hoarders, but it is beautiful to display. There’s a decent amount of space for brushes and liners, as well as eight spots for lipsticks, but our favorite part is the small dish for your go-to jewelry.

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If you’re really looking for something heavy-duty, check out this extra-large acrylic organizer system that comes in two convenient pieces with seven drawers and 16 compartments. We love how minimalistic this one is despite its large size. The system comes in six chic colors, the material isn’t cheap (even though the price is low compared to other extra-large options), and the compartments are thoughtfully designed.

Sarah M. Vazquez also contributed to reporting.