We all need a serious solution for our beauty collection. Life can also be pretty expensive, and not all of us have the time or the patience for unnecessary shopping sprees or DIY Pinterest fails. We put together 10 successful and easy makeup organization ideas — all under $10.


Organizing makeup can be a real pain. We dig through makeup bags for the perfect eyeshadow, show up late to Saturday date night because we can’t find our go-to lipstick and spend our mornings in complete chaos because out makeup tends to take over our bathroom counter. We all need a serious solution for our beauty collection.

Life can also be pretty expensive, and not all of us have the time or the patience for unnecessary shopping sprees or DIY Pinterest fails. We put together 10 successful and easy ways — all under $10 — to organize your makeup.

Makeup Organization Ideas for Under $10

Idea #1: Magnetic makeup board.


Declutter and utilize more space in your bathroom by using on-the-wall makeup storage. Stefanie Jones of The Realistic Organizer suggests using magnets to keep your beauty products in place.

“The good thing about this is that the hot glue easily peels off the makeup container, allowing me to switch out the makeup when a new one is necessary,” says Jones. “The gorilla glue keeps the magnet in place, so when I need to change out my makeup all I need to do is add another small dot of hot glue.”

Total cost: $9

Idea #2: Wicker basket.

wicker basket

If you’re sick of rummaging through piles to find exactly what you need, organizing with wicker baskets makes it easy to see all of your makeup options. Simply stack your pallets on top of one another and group similar makeup together. Standing your lip glosses upright will save time and hassle when it comes to selecting the right color.

Total cost: Nada

Idea #3: Lipstick pyramid.

Idea #3

“I love lighting candles,” beauty expert Jeannine Morris says, “but the best part is that you can use them when their time is up. I use the jars to hold my makeup brushes. I love using makeup as a display in my bedroom — it just becomes part of the decor.”

Take your candle holders and stack them on their sides like a pyramid. To keep them from rolling around, attach them to each other with a thin line of hot glue.

Because these containers are clear, they will match with any decor. Try placing your new organizer on your bedroom vanity, dresser or bathroom counter. Fill each one with your favorite lipsticks, glosses, stains and balms — making them visible and easy accessible.

Total cost: #3

Idea #4: Makeup brush pot.

Idea #4

To organize your brushes, buy (or repurpose) a flower pot that matches your room’s decor. Fill it with pebbles, rocks or stones, and place your brushes inside to keep everything in place. This will protect your brushes from building bacteria in an enclosed environment and from touching one another.

Dirty brushes contain bacteria that can cause acne and allergies. Before reorganizing your collection, follow this easy cleaning method from Ryan Smith at The Every Girl:

First, run your brush under lukewarm water. Then, pump a nickle-size of baby shampoo into your hand and swirl the brush bristles in the shampoo. Rinse the bristles under lukewarm water, squeeze out excess water an then dry with a paper towel. To get rid of any remaining moisture, leave your brushes to dry flat overnight.

Total cost: #4

Idea #5: DIY vanity tray.

Idea #5

If you love a classic style, you’re probably familiar with vanity trays. Instead of spending what can be a ton of money on a new tray for your makeup, just upcycle a vintage picture frame. Whether you steal one from your mom, pick it up at a garage sale or purchase a faux-antique option from your local boutique, you’ll be saving yourself time and money.

Remove the frame’s back, lay it flat on a surface and voila! Place your daily makeup, tools and scents on the glass. It’s also easily transportable.

“You can use your tray for all sorts of purposes,” Kristie Lame from The Suite Things explains.
“It could be a coffee table decoration or even a vanity tray. What about a platter to place your keys, change and mail when you get back home? The possibilities are endless!”

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Total cost: Zippo

Idea #6: Mason jar organizer.

Idea #6

Let’s face it: cotton balls, Q-tips and cosmetic sponges aren’t the most attractive beauty products. Storing them in oversized containers and large plastic bags certainly doesn’t add to your bathroom decor. Rethink your storage space and create your own makeup organization with a few Mason jars.

Check out the video for the full tutorial. You’ll need:

  • Three or four Mason jars (any size)
  • Strip of wood
  • Hose clamps for each Mason jar
  • Picture-hanging kit
  • Screws and a drill

Separate your daily bathroom necessities into the Mason jars and keep your sink clutter free!

Total cost: $8

Idea #7: Cotton ball organizer.

Idea #7

For a different spin on cotton ball and Q-tip organization, try a new option: drinking glasses. Pick up a couple at the dollar store, fill them with your cotton gadgets and place them safely in your home.

“Using glasses would be such a cute way to display and store Q-tips,” Jones says. “It’s also a great purpose for a wine glass that has lost its partner when one of the set breaks. It could even be really cute to store Q-tips in a stemless wine glass and cotton balls in a larger red wine glass.”

Personalize your glasses to match your decor by adding polka dots, an accent stripe or your favorite design. You can also mix it up with different shapes, sizes and heights. Afraid your kids will knock them over? Go stemless!

Total cost: $2

Idea #8: Travel makeup holder.

makeup holder

For those constantly on the go, it’s easy for makeup to get jumbled in oversized makeup bags. With different compartments for lip glosses, eyeliners and brushes, travel makeup holders make it easy to organize your daily necessities in a quick and easy way.

If you’re looking to make this a DIY project, Craftsy instructor Vanessa Wilson suggests picking up your favorite material and sewing your own travel makeup holder. View the tutorial here.

Total cost: $4

Idea #9: Mascara decor.


The majority of makeup comes packaged in long tubes similar to pens, making it the perfect size to organize in a pencil holder. Pick one up at the home office section, and fill it with your favorite mascaras, eyeliners, lipglosses and primers.

“Pretty coffee cups and vintage-inspired flower jars work really well, too,” Maritza Buelvas of BeautyForBloggers.com says.

Want to add a little pop to your decor? Pick out a second pen holder (same size or taller) and use it to display matching faux flowers.

Total cost: $2

Idea #10: Nail polish spice rack.

nail polish

If you’ve ever tried shopping for a nail polish rack, you know that it’s nearly impossible to find something that’s reasonably priced. By repurposing a spice rack, you can save space in your home without spending serious cash on new storage solutions.

Jaana, organizer and blogger for This Mom’s Gonna Snap, found a way to make her own spice rack for under $5.

“There are so many other things I’d rather do with $90, I couldn’t bring myself to click ‘buy’,” notes Jaana. “After shopping around, I found spice racks for $3.99. I felt very accomplished putting them together in under 10 minutes.”

Place the spice rack on a table or dresser, or mount the rack on the wall to spruce up your bedroom.

Total cost: $5

How do you organize your makeup?
What are your favorite ways to store your beauty collection? What do you find to be the biggest challenge? We’d love to hear your makeup organization ideas. Feel free to leave questions or comments in the section below or connect with us on Twitter @UncleBobsStorage.

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Grace Gerass

I love to share all sorts of DIY and home decor tips with my readers here at the Life Storage blog.

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