Ever since I moved into my home, two years ago, I never took the time to organize my huge inventory of makeup. One of the perks for working for Lancome was all of the gratis they gave us. I’m embarrassed to admit that a lot of my stock pile was over – wait for it – 3 years old! This made it easy to sort through, since I ended up tossing most of it.
Here are some steps to organize your makeup:
- Sort through and toss ALL of your old makeup and any duplicates
- Put like makeup together according to type (lipsticks, brushes, shadows, etc.)
- Organize once more according to color
- Separate the broken eye shadows, blushes and bronzers and find info below about how to fix them.
- Place individual shadows and blushes into palettes if you have any available. Details on how to separate them from the manufacturers packaging can be found below.
- Take inventory and find containers that match to capacity each of your makeup groups – my lipsticks, lip pencils, lip glosses each fit into a plastic cup and I used small boxes for blushes and foundations. If you want uniform containers, I suggest taking a trip to the Dollar Store or The Container Store. The reason I didn’t was because I’m storing most of my makeup in my linen closet where they won’t be seen everyday. I have my everyday essential makeup out on my counter top in an acrylic makeup container from The Container Store and brushes in a decorative glass cup from Marshalls.
Before you throw out that pot of broken shadow, blush, foundation, or bronzer, WAIT! There’s a way to fix it, and thanks to an easy Google search, I found a way that works:
- Break up the rest of the pot using a pin or paperclip so that the powder becomes somewhat uniform
- Pour alcohol into a small container (I used the alcohol lid) and gently pour it onto the pot until the entire pot turns into liquid/cream
- Using your pin stir it so the cream is even
- Tap the pot on a counter top to make it as level as possible
- Let it sit out overnight
- It should be good as new! You can rub the surface with tissue so that it becomes free of any lumps or bumps.
Do you have a lot of single pots just waiting to be part of a palette? I had no idea there was a way to remove them from the manufacturers casing until my bestie, and uber talented hair stylist, Gina (from Plum Studios, Burlingame), posted this tutorial on Instagram. I tried it myself and with some patience and a couple of tweaks, it totally worked.
- Remove the pot from the casing. This takes some elbow grease – I used a Tweezerman to pry the two apart.
- Place a piece of foil on the bottom of the plastic pot and heat with a hair straightener for a few seconds. You are just trying to melt the glue a bit.
- Use a needle to separate the metal pot from the plastic portion. Gina poked through the back of hers which apparently had a hole to do so – mine didn’t have one so I had to work with the front and separate it as mentioned above.
- Drop your pot into the palette.
**Additional info: I was asked where I got the palette from. Mine is from MAC since my single pots are made by them. If
the manufacturer of the single pots doesn’t make an empty palette, you
can try replacing shadows from an already made palette. If you want to
take it a step further, I suggest using a shallow plastic box from the
craft store or a used-up compact and just gluing the shadows in it to make