How I Store My Makeup

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makeup stash

I used to be super trifling when it came to not only buying more makeup than I could ever use, but even worse I was even more trifling with how I would store it all. But I have SEEN the light and did a 40-pound purge from my stash and got my stash in order!

If you want to see the purge in action plus a talk through of all of the products in my stash, check out the video version of this embedded at the end of this post. If you’re curious as to what an item is and why I like it, definitely check out the video because I go through it all there.

the style and beauty doctor makeup storage

I bought these organizers a while back—you might remember them from my Stylish & Affordable Makeup Storage ideas post. I got them at Target—shop them in the widget below. I love these because they look great, seem durable, and are roomy enough to fit my stash.

stylish makeup storage

small makeup stash

makeup storage the style and beauty doctor

I store my makeup in my bathroom but since the lighting in there sucks, I took these pics in my bedroom. Having my makeup displayed this way makes it a cinch when it comes to doing my makeup not to mention I can see everything I have clear as day so I don’t “accidentally” wind up buying new things that are so similar to things I already own…lol.

makeup palettes for dark skin mac nars

I used to own a gazillion eyeshadow palettes but gave them away to friends and family (I donated any unopened makeup). Having these custom palettes makes it so much easier for me to have everything I need right in front of me and I don’t have instances like when you buy a pre-made eyeshadow palette and there are shades you never use. I wrote about the NARS Pro palette and refills here so if you’re curious check it out.

You can get the names of the shadows in my MAC palettes here. EDIT 9/16/19: I have since downsized my NARS palette and gave away the shadows. I now have the smaller NARS palette and only have the blush shades in there. The NARS blushes (wide rectangle ones) are: Miss Liberty, Exhibit A, Seduction, Orgasm, Taj Mahal. The others are from Inglot (skinny rectangle ones): #62, #70, #41.

makeup brush holder nate berkus target

I don’t love this as my brush holder, but I bought it and don’t want to feel like I wasted my money…lol. It’s a pencil holder from the Nate Berkus line for Target that I bought about 2-3 years ago.

How do you store your makeup? Tell me about it in the comments!

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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3 Responses to How I Store My Makeup

  1. Shanea says:

    Love this- the purge and the cute storage system. It is so much easier to use when you can see your stuff.

  2. Love the inexpensive storage solution. I won’t tell you how much I spent on acrylic storage unit a few years back when they were all the rage. Thanks for reminding me that I need a brush holder.

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