How i store my makeup

Makeup storage and collections are very 2017, gone are the days of a makeup bag with your go to faves, it seems now everyone has a foundation collection and Ikea Alex drawers filled to the brim with palettes. I am no exception, my collection is pretty established and growing, so recently i took to eBay to expand my acrylic storage and sort out my makeup life. If organisation makes you excited you’re in for a wild ride.

how to store makeup acrylic storage palettes

I found palettes the hardest thing to store, you’d think they’d be the easiest being fairly flat and rectangular, but i just kind of had them either shoved in a drawer or balancing on top of each other (my Becca face palette broke because of my neglect at proper storage). I went on the hunt for palette storage and i found possibly the best thing to hit eBay since 99p phone cases, this acrylic storage system. For £14.95 and free P&P my dreams had come true, it’s genius isn’t it? Am i the only one who’s never seen anything like this before? You can even adjust the spacing to make the gaps bigger or smaller or you could fit multiple palettes in one slot, i’ve even been slotting smaller palettes down the side too, 3 in one slot it’s convince heaven! I can see all of my palettes now, none are hidden away and it’s no hassle keeping things tidy because i just place a palette back in here when I’m done with it and nothing is out of place, i’m pretty happy about this one, can you tell? 

how to store makeup acrylic storage palettes

Don’t be fooled, what you see below is no drawer-foundation-and-lipstick-holder hybrid, no. It’s two Primark storage systems placed on top of each other. The two drawers are one part and then the holder on top is separate, but because they’re both from Primark the dimensions of the bottom are the exact same so the top half slots in perfectly. The drawers even have grooving at the top so it means the second bit is held in securely.. i’m starting to think they might have designed them to go together, but we’ll just keep pretending this was all me okay? 

This is quite a small little combo but it’s ideal for any extras, i use the two drawers below for excess pressed powders and eyelash glue and the top has a slot big enough for 4 foundations and a sample size, along with 6 lipstick holes which i’m using for lip balms, primers and lipstick overspill. I can’t link to these because they’re Primark, but i was in my local the other day and they’re all still there, so pop into yours and you should find them – i believe the top half was around £4.50 and the drawers were £6. 

how to store makeup acrylic storage palettes organisation

Before my acrylic storage overhaul, all of my nail varnishes were either out or thrown into a jar which i had to completely empty before i could get to the nail varnish that i wanted to use.. not practical. That was until i typed “nail varnish holder” into eBay and found this stroke of genius, a £7.49 three tiered, acrylic masterpiece to say the least. This stores all of my nail varnishes with space left over for primers and other bits and bobs at the top, in some places you can’t even get a sandwich for £7.49 – i even left eBay feedback i was so pleased. You could use this for other things too, if you’ve got a giant collection of liquid highlighters, foundations or other bottled things of that size this would work amazingly for storage for those.

how to store makeup acrylic storage palettes nail varnish holder

Now we have lipsticks, the daily question “what lipstick will i wear today?” now mine are all out in their glory ready to be picked. Specifically ready to be picked out of this 24 piece lipstick holder, that only cost me £7.16, eBay i love you. Sometimes i think lipsticks are some of the most beautifully designed cosmetics, so it’s only right i have them out on display, right? The only thing that annoys me about this is that i don’t have the entire thing filled with Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks exclusively. I’ll just have to buy another and fill it up and that will be my excuse. 

how to store makeup acrylic storage palettes lipstick holder

I keep the bulk of my makeup in this Muji set of 5 acrylic drawers, this was actually the first makeup storage i ever bought and at the time it was actually enough to hold it all. It was before i started a blog, and we all know when you have a blog you just end up buying more makeup, it’s inevitable. 

I use this to hold the makeup i reach for the most, although it looks fairly full it actually isn’t, there’s 2-3 drawers that are practically empty. Once i explain my second acrylic set of drawers you’ll see how some makeup i’m testing will eventually make it into those empty slots. These Muji storage drawers are what everyone used to have when acrylic storage started becoming popular, but i do find they’re pricey and now that makeup storage is more common, you can find the same thing on Ebay for cheaper. 

how to store makeup acrylic storage palettes muji 5 drawer

I did however find the Muji or Ebay drawers really restricting, even for normal makeup collections the fact the drawers we’re all the same size and the biggest thing you could fit inside was the height of a bronzer, meant a lot of products just didn’t work inside. Then HerClutterBox came to my rescue, if you’re someone with a larger than normal makeup collection this line of acrylic storage will save your bacon (and your eyeliner). I actually keep this 5 drawer HerClutterBox on my desk away from where all my other makeup storage is, at the minute i use it for new makeup i’m currently testing out but i’m planning to also use it for excess makeup that doesn’t get used on a daily basis too. 

how to store makeup acrylic storage palettes HerClutterBox

This is huge, the photos don’t even illustrate just how big this is. The bottom drawer is about double the size of the rest of the drawers (you could stand up lipsticks in this) , and the top drawer has hinges so you can actually lift the lid and access products in the top drawer that way too. A HerClutterBox is definitely a considerable purchase compared to cheap eBay storage, but it’s one to consider if you’re looking to invest in some proper sturdy high quality storage. Also this comes with little acrylic dividers too so you can even organise your organisation, magic. This is the type of thing you keep for life, it’s the highest quality heaviest acrylic i have come across and is for the most serious about storage. 

how to store makeup acrylic storage palettes HerClutterBox

Some may call it obsessive, and it probably is, but it’s organised too. The only problem is, i think i’m going to need more soon ..

How do you store your makeup? – Maria x



Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples. 



  1. July 27, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    I love acrylic storage – these look like they fit all the different items perfectly x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

    • July 28, 2017 / 3:22 pm

      Same!! I think it's the best way to store makeup! x

  2. July 27, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    It all looks so organised and tidy! I love acrylic storage too, you can see everything! x

    • July 28, 2017 / 3:22 pm

      aw thank you! Yeah exactly, it means i sue everything rather than forgetting about things! x

  3. July 27, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    I'm so so jealous of your organisation skills! Wish I had them too! 🤣 Everything looks great and tidy!!

    • July 28, 2017 / 3:22 pm

      hahaha thank you, believe me the rest of my room is not that tidy! That would be impossible x

  4. July 27, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    I love how they're on display and you can easily see everything! This post just reminded me to clean out and organize my own collection ��


    • July 28, 2017 / 3:23 pm

      Yesss do it!! Everything feels so much better when you're organised x

  5. July 27, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    I bought a clear two drawer organiser on sale for only £2 on primark the other day and its great! The clear storage I use for my lippies are some 3 clear drawer box from Ryman stationery and its great!

    • July 28, 2017 / 3:24 pm

      Primark is a really great place for things like that, omg yes stationary holders work so well too – i hold some of my brushes in a pen holder! x

    • July 28, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      Yess its great that you can layer things too, i don't have a huge amount of space so these really help! x

    • July 28, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      They do look really good!! ahaha a smaller organiser would suit you fine then! x

  6. July 28, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    I loved this post Maria! It's always great to see how other people organise their makeup as you can get inspired by it! Funny enough, I also have both of the Primark storage systems you talk about and I also have them on top of each other haha

    Rita xx

    • August 24, 2017 / 11:21 am

      Aw thank you! I love seeing how other people organise things too, i find it so satisfying! x

  7. July 28, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    This is organisation goals!! I bought a load of muji drawer storage to sort my makeup out and it was the best decision. It looks so much neater.
    liv xx

    • August 24, 2017 / 11:22 am

      Yesss and i love that they're clear, it's so handy to be able to see everything! x

  8. July 29, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    I've always loved acrylic storage and since having the HerClutterBox my life has felt so much more organised, my makeup also stays much cleaner.

    Alice May Snell ♡

    • August 24, 2017 / 11:23 am

      Yess!! The clutter box is hands down the best acrylic storage i've come across! x

  9. August 3, 2017 / 12:13 am

    I've been really struggling for makeup storage and skincare too so it was really nice to see how you store yours! I'll have to check out some of those sets from eBay they look great!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • August 24, 2017 / 11:23 am

      aw yay! So happy it was helpful, hope you get yours sorted soon! x

  10. August 3, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    Love your beauty organisation! Acrylic drawers etc are the best, I have one and its changed my life. Definitely need to get a few more like yours for lipstick, nail polish etc xoxo

    • August 24, 2017 / 11:24 am

      Thank you! Yeah the drawers are great but the specially shaped ones for lipstick and nail polish are even better!! x

    • August 24, 2017 / 11:25 am

      eBay is one of the best places to find affordable storage, thank you so much lovely x

  11. August 3, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    Great Post! I'm always so intrigued to see how other people store their makeup as I am nosey like that and always want some more tips haha! I have most of the same acrylic storage as you however you've inspired me to mix it up and have a de-clutter! xx

    • August 24, 2017 / 11:33 am

      hahaha same, i love reading posts like this – thats why i wrote it! Yesss go and declutter girl! x

    • August 24, 2017 / 11:35 am

      aw i hope you get round to switching it up lovely! x

  12. August 7, 2017 / 9:45 am

    I used to keep my palettes in two Paperchase letter racks but my palette collection has out grown them �� I'm currently turning my spare room in to a beauty/lego space (my sons lego collection rivals my makeup) and plan to fill it with all the blogger basic acrylic storage xx

    • August 24, 2017 / 11:37 am

      omg thats such a good idea! I use a pen holder for brushes so stationary storage works so well! that room sounds like the dream though! x

  13. August 9, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    Organization posts ♥♥♥ I love them!
    I love these acrylic stuff and I love this copper candle holder? whatever that wired thing is where you keep your brushes 🙂
    as much as I love your photos, I wish you had pulled back a bit for this post so we could see more of storing and not just some focused product, if you get me 🙂

    xo Honey – blog Royal LifestyleTwitterInstagram

  14. August 23, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    I love make up storage! I've recently bought a lipstick tower to keep my lipsticks in and I'm super excited about it! I love the nail varnish rack though! xo

    Hanney |

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