9 No-Fail Ways to Keep Your Makeup Organized

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If your bathroom counter is looking like a war zone in the morning, it might be time to get serious about organization. And a great place to start is with your makeup collection.

Makeup is a challenge when it comes to organizing as you're dealing with so many objects of different shapes and sizes that all need to be contained. And depending on the size of your makeup collection as well as the size of your space, you’ll have a variety of different options for storage.

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Photo by: Photo: Severija Kirilovaite/Getty Images | Graphic: Erica Reitman

Photo: Severija Kirilovaite/Getty Images | Graphic: Erica Reitman

We want to help you wrangle the clutter, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite makeup organizing tools to use in your bathroom, on your dresser or on top of your vanity.

Over-the-Door Vanity Station

When you’re short on counter space, an over-the-door storage option like this vanity station is a perfect choice. This can be hung over your bathroom door or even over a closet door. The larger section on the bottom can be used for bigger items, while smaller bottles, compacts or lipsticks can sit in the top two sections.

Get It: Vanity Station, Pottery Barn, $89

Brush Holder

If you have a lot of makeup brushes, you need an easy solution for storing them all when they’re not in use. An acrylic holder with different sections allows you to separate your brushes by function while still keeping them all easily accessible.

Get It: CosmoCube Brush Holder, Sephora, $40

Nail Polish Riser

This organizer is a perfect option for nail polish junkies. There’s enough room to store up to 40 bottles, and it fits polish from all of the major brands. The caddy is pretty enough to leave on display on your counter, so you can easily reach for any of your favorite hues whenever you want to quickly switch up your mani or pedi.

Get It: 40-Bottle Acrylic Nail Polish Riser, The Container Store, $17

Expandable Cosmetic Bag

Once you have your storage sorted at home, it’s nice to have a good makeup storage option for when you travel. This flat cosmetic bag is a super easy solution to use on quick trips. There is enough room for your everyday makeup as well as a few brushes, too.

Get It: Lay-n-Go Cosmetic Bag, Amazon, $26

Mini Get-Ready Stand

If you don’t have enough room in your bathroom or bedroom to set up your makeup, you might want to consider a portable stand. The wheels and attached mirror allow you move the stand around to wherever you have space in your home. This is great solution for anyone who might have a roommate, or a college student living in a dorm.

Get It: Get-Ready Stand, PBteen, $139

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Glamorous Day Spa

Outfitted in crisp, white cabinets, silver fixtures and gorgeous marble accents, this bathroom evokes a feeling of simple luxury that is especially accentuated by the ornate antique mirror. To make the space all hers, a cut-out in the vanity reveals a small makeup area dressed with a chic standup mirror and glamorous accessories to match. Design by Bear-Hill Interiors

Lavish Design

Designer Aneka Jensen incorporated an oval antique desk and framed mirror into this luxurious master bathroom to serve as a separate makeup area. Framed with beaded silk curtains and decorated with a pair of table lamps, the space feels intimate and secluded, and instantly becomes the perfect place for the lady of the house to primp in the mornings. Image courtesy of Aneka Jensen Interiors

Timeless Elegance

Most modern-day makeup areas are built into the bathroom vanity and are simply a lowered continuation of the countertop. Many designers, however, still try to achieve that classic look by building the makeup vanity into furniture-style cabinetry and offsetting it from the rest of the space. This separate makeup area could easily be the most alluring part of the bathroom with its antique-style mirror, glamorous perfume accessories, fresh floral arrangement and framed pictures for an extra-special touch. Image courtesy of SFA Design

Deluxe Lounge

Designer Tracy Morris turned this calming, spa-inspired master bathroom into a true sanctuary with plush textiles, soft lighting and romantic elements. A desk-style dressing table and wingback chair offer a unique place to apply finishing touches in the morning, with a mirror just off to the side. Located nearby, a traditional makeup counter and sink are ideal for quick, on-the-go applications and last-minute adjustments.

Contemporary Femininity

This sit-down makeup counter — nestled between two single vanities — features its own hanging mirror, pullout drawer for additional makeup and accessory storage and two sconces for proper lighting. To create a true contemporary look, designer Shane Inman added a gray, subway-tiled backsplash on the back wall and oil-rubbed bronze fixtures to contrast with the surrounding white cabinetry.

Everyday Treasures

Designer Sarah Richardson transformed this simple vanity into a personal piece of art by sliding a piece of glass on top and adding the homeowners' favorite pictures in between. The makeup vanity is now both intriguing from afar and holds sentimental value. Adorned with an antique-inspired standup mirror and lamp, this small makeup vanity is the perfect place for everyday primping.

Natural Functionality

Kitchen and bath designer Linda Burkhardt always encourages her clients to include a lowered counter vanity, like this makeup area, when their bathroom space allows. "There is something so luxurious about having a dressing table inside the bathroom," she says. The extra-low counter makes it more suitable for various seating options, but still appears cohesive with the rest of the vanity with its cream-colored stone and polished Thassos white-marble countertop. This makeup vanity includes a power outlet inside the drawer for hair dryers, a tabletop magnifying mirror and a sleek stool that tucks neatly underneath.

Parisian Escape

She can take a trip to Paris every day in this posh bathroom, which features four walls of furniture-style cabinetry inspired by the type of cabinets used in the south of France during the 18th century. To expand this European haven, designer Ken Kelly turned the additional space between the two sinks into a sit-down makeup area with a magnifying mirror and a backless, upholstered bench that can easily be tucked underneath when not in use. A flat-screen television mounted behind a tempered two-way mirror ensures she'll never miss a thing. Photography by Ric Marder

Old World Relaxation

To make this Old World-inspired bathroom even more serene, designer Debra Campbell added a lower counter vanity for a cozy, fireside makeup area. Jerusalem stone countertops provide a sleek spot to get ready, while an arched window offers striking outside views. When not in use, the cushioned, bamboo stool can easily be stored underneath the vanity and out of sight.

Cottage Retreat

Designer Gail Drury created a romantic dressing room with a smooth pastel palette, romantic floral wallpaper and built-in makeup vanity. No matter the time of day, the area can be flooded with light from the window above and the candelabra sconces that flank both sides. Of course, no dressing room is complete without jewelry storage. To hold all of her diamonds and pearls, there is a cabinet to the right of the makeup vanity that offers 10 customized jewelry pullouts.

From: Drury Design

Sleek in Silver

With its slim, floating design, this modern makeup area offers a space-saving solution to typical vanities. Unique to most makeup vanities, the designer chose to leave the countertop at bar height, using a modern swivel stool for seating. The full-length mirror accentuates the sleek and modern accents, while making the orange vanity pop even more. Image courtesy of the NKBA

Cosmetic Organizer Box

This large makeup organizer could easily fit your entire collection. When open, there are individual sections for all of the different types of makeup you might have, allowing you to easily separate everything. But you can also close up your box, hiding the makeup and keeping your space looking neat.

Get It: Lori Greiner Cosmetic Organizer Box, Bed Bath & Beyond, $99

Rotating Organizer

This rotating organizer spins around 360 degrees, providing easy access to your entire makeup collection in one spot. There is room for brushes, nail polish, palettes and even larger skincare items or perfumes.

Get It: Glam Caddy Rotating Cosmetic Organizer, Bed Bath & Beyond, $29

Drawer Insert Tray

If you prefer to keep all of your makeup tucked away, you might want to consider an insert tray for your bathroom drawer. Depending on how much drawer space you have, you could even purchase several of these to keep across all of your available drawers. You could then use the divided sections to separate all of your makeup and keep it neatly organized in the drawer.

Wall Organizer

This wall-mounted shelf option is another good choice if you're short on counter space. There are special sections to store your hairdryer and curling iron and additional storage for bottles, makeup and other supplies. There is even a built-in drawer for any items that you want to keep tucked away.

Get It: Bath Wall Organizer, Through the Country Door, $59

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