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You Need Better Makeup Storage to Declutter That Messy Bathroom Counter

Rid your space of clutter with our roundup of all the best makeup organizers on the market.

Robin Mosley Former CNET writer
Robin Mosley (she/her) formerly wrote commerce deals for CNET about beauty, fashion and other essential gear. Before that, she freelanced for Healthline, Simply Recipes and Nerd Street. She is a Chicago native living on the East Coast who is a fan of all things beauty, food, gaming and tech. When she isn't writing, she's at a restaurant, shopping online or making YouTube gaming videos.
Robin Mosley
2 min read
$33 at Amazon
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Sorbus Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case
Best overall
$35 at Amazon
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Ameitech 360 Makeup Organizer
Best rotating
$16 at Amazon
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Stori Clear Plastic 6-Compartment Vanity Makeup Organizer
Best budget
$40 at Amazon
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DreamGenius Makeup Organizer
Best large organizer
$20 at Amazon
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Relavel Travel Makeup Train Case
Best travel
$25 at Amazon
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Stori Audrey Stackable Cosmetic Organizer Drawers
Best stackable

Is your entire bathroom counter overrun with makeup? If the answer is yes, you’re probably in need of storage. Bring order back to your space with a makeup organizer -- from portable cases to stackable makeup boxes, there are plenty of options to choose from. 

Invest in the right storage solutions and you can ensure that, despite your growing cosmetics collection, your bathroom counter (or wherever you choose to store your makeup) remains clear and clutter-free. The right makeup organizer, whether it’s a cosmetics storage tray or a set of drawer dividers, will calm the chaos and allow you to streamline the space. 

To help you out, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favorite makeup organizers, with options to suit every style and budget. 

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This makeup case is clear and will look great on any vanity desk. It comes in pink, bronze glow, black jewel, glitter, purple, tie-dye and clear. It has seven drawers, four tiny and three large, making it suitable for both cosmetics, such as palettes to be stored in. There's even a separate makeup holder with 16 spaces for products including lipsticks and brushes. 

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Being able to rotate your makeup and find what you're looking for is much better than having a static case. Ameitch's 27-compartment 360-degree makeup organizer has an adjustable height to accommodate not just smaller beauty bottles but also larger bottles such as perfume. It's around 15 inches tall and doesn't take up a lot of space, making it easier and faster to apply makeup.

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People who prefer simple designs will appreciate this makeup organizer. The Stori vanity makeup organizer has six clear compartments that can hold makeup brushes, location, lipstick, foundation and other products. Using a sloped design, larger products are arranged in the back, while smaller items can be kept closer to the front for easy access.

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The DreamGenius is a good option if you're looking for a huge, stackable beauty organizer. Designed to withstand any bumps or falls, it includes four separate components that can be interlocked or detached. Additionally, this organizer comes with a black padding that you can use to line your organizers and protect it from any makeup spills. 

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It's portable, inexpensive and available in a variety of colors. The Relavel travel train case is a durable organizer with removable compartments for all of your cosmetics, skin care products and other accessories. This case features a nylon lining and a waterproof, shockproof and anti-wear design ensures that your beauty products stay safe no matter where you travel.

The Stori Audrey stackable cosmetic organizer has two drawers and can hold a variety of cosmetics, including makeup palettes, skin care and other beauty essentials. In addition to being easy to clean and see-through, the material is composed of sturdy acrylic that can withstand any minor accidents.

Other makeup storage organizers I liked 

Royce New York Executive Leather Toiletry Bag: This is a versatile bag that can be used with a wide range of outfits thanks to its simple design. In order to protect both your products and the bag itself, Royce New York's executive leather toiletry bag features a leather exterior with velvet interior trim. Two-way zippers make it easy to get at your cosmetics and there are magnet buttons on the outside that you can unfasten if you want to add extra makeup inside. 

Caboodles Beige Lifestyle Train Case: With a large mirror and sliding sections, this Caboodles train case is a great way to keep track of all your belongings. And there's a latch closure to keep your makeup safe and secure.

How I chose the best containers

All of us have different makeup storage requirements. As your makeup collection grows, you may find yourself in need of a more substantial cosmetics organizer. All of us have different makeup storage requirements. As your makeup collection grows, you may find yourself in need of a more substantial cosmetics organizer. Accordingly, I used my own experience with organizing beauty products, research and makeup enthusiasm to select these makeup organizers. The following factors influenced my decision:

  • Price
  • Material
  • Reputation 
  • Capacity

Makeup Storage FAQs

Do I need a makeup organizer?

If you've made it this far, it's likely because you already know you need an organizer. But to tell for sure, consider your current makeup collection as well as what it could be in the foreseeable future. If you tend to stockpile makeup, you'll want to invest in a makeup organizer.

How do I organize my makeup in a small space?

There are a couple of things you can do. The first step is to determine which beauty items are the most necessary and then choose which to keep in your organizer while keeping the rest of your makeup elsewhere. Additionally, if you have room on your desk or storage area, you can buy a larger organizer that will allow you to store more items. Finally, consider trying stackable organizers that you can arrange horizontally or vertically as you see fit.