5 Budget-Friendly Makeup Organization Ideas

Don't just store your makeup, display it.
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Don't just store your makeup, display it.

One of my favorite things about Sephora is how beautiful everything looks on display. So when I was reorganizing my makeup it occurred to me that I could create my own means of display atop my desk/vanity.  

The first thing I did was to decide which items I wanted to be displayed. I tried to stick with packaging that I really like and my most frequently used items. Once I separated out those things, I started thinking about how I would like them set out. Pinterest was an especially helpful source of inspiration in that respect. I bought most of my materials at Target and a couple of things at Hobby Lobby and then I got to it. In all I spent $75 to totally redesign my beauty bar. 

Blushes & Compacts

I have a lot of these and I didn't want to stack them, so I searched for a mid-size tray to line them up on. This $15 EV Holiday Gold Plastic Serving Tray from Target worked perfectly. 

gold plastic serving tray

It just fits all of my cheek compacts, including a few bronzers and highlighters.

Brushes, Liners & Lippies 

I knew I wanted to incorporate Mason jars somewhere because I love the way they look, so I filled three jars about halfway with craft marbles and used them to showcase my brushes, liners, and long-tubed lip products. It made sense size-wise, and these are the items I have the least quantity of. I had these materials around my house, but you can find pretty affordable Mason jars at Target as well. 

makeup brushes storage

I grouped one jar with all of my eyeliners and my favorite CK One Mascara, the next with all of my lip liners, lip crayons, etc., and the final jar with my most frequently used brushes.

Eye Shadows 

I typically buy eye shadow in palette format because I love to have options, but there a few brands that have individual shadows, pigments, and cream pots that I like to collect. I often think of these little containers as being candy-like, so I thought that showcasing them in little candy dishes would be a fun way to display them and make them easily accessible. 

eye shadow storage

Eye candy.  

I used one dish to display my gel liners, cream shadow pots, and single powder shadows, and the other to display my pressed and loose pigments.

Lipsticks & Foundations 

As I was strolling through Target, I spotted some Threshold Bamboo Rectangular Drawer Organizers ($7 each) that I thought would be perfect for storing lipsticks and foundations. I didn’t want to just set them on the desk, so I attached mounting tape to the back of the drawer organizers and adhered them below some pictures I had hanging above my desk. I like that they look like they’re floating, and it keeps my desk from being too cluttered. 


The thing I was most excited about creating was a display for my palettes (give me ALL the palettes). One of the ideas I loved on Pinterest was repurposing a magnetic board to hang makeup. For this I bought a magnetic dry erase board from Target and sprayed it down with black chalkboard paint. I choose chalkboard paint because I love the matte black finish--and plus you can write on it. 

I learned the hard way (because why read the instructions?) that you want to paint your surface in thin layers, rather than saturate it entirely from the get-go, and allow some time for drying between layers. While I waited for my board to dry, I took a pack of craft magnets and stuck them to the back of each palette. When it was fully dry, I mounted my board and arranged my palettes on it. 

makeup palettes display

It’s nice to see everything right in front of me.

I store the rest of my makeup in clear plastic storage bins to rotate out when I feel moved. (More than likely the surplus will be gifted to friends.)  

makeup storage and organization

Palettes palettes on the wall... 

  • How do you guys feel about display vs. storage? 
  • What’s your makeup setup? Throw some pictures in the comments if you have them!