21 Clever Storage Solutions For Your Makeup & Haircare

21 Clever Storage Solutions For Your Makeup & Haircare


There's nothing like a blissfully organised dressing table.

With clips, lipglosses, blending sponges and god knows what else to fit inside, it's important everything has its own individual place. Create a system that works for you, and getting ready will be so much easier. Whether it's a rushed morning or a whole afternoon to beautify, you'll always be able to find what you need.

Sound too good to be true? Try some of the 21 amazing storage solutions for haircare and cosmetics and get your dressing table looking as good as you do!

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Storage solutions for makeup brushes

Some of us stick to one trusty makeup brush, whilst others have a set of more than ten. However many you have, make sure your makeup brushes stay tidy with these clever storage solutions.

1. Empty mugs & cups are a great cosmetic storage solution

Organise makeup brushes in mugs
This storage solution is always right!

Are you forever getting gifted mugs for birthdays and Christmases? If you're becoming inundated with drinkware, consider using them for makeup brush storage.

They keep everything tidy and look pretty cute too.

2. Keep makeup brushes clean with this organisational hack

No one wants dusty makeup brushes. Keep yours clean and organised for flawless application by storing them in an empty straw dispenser. Not only will this keep them clean, but it looks pretty snazzy too.

3. Plant pots are perfect for organising

Plant pots are a pretty and sturdy place to store your cosmetic brushes. Place them on top of your dressing table for a blissfully organised space.

4. A DIY fabric case is a gorgeous makeup storage solution

If you want to go all out, try making your own roll-up makeup brush storage case. 

5. Other uses for a pencil case

Your school days may be over, but you'll be surprised how useful a pencil case can be. With compartments and sturdy zips, they're a great way to organise all those makeup brushes.

6. An empty sunglasses case provides a great storage solution

Storage solution: makeup brushes in glasses case
Great for on the go too!

Sat on your old sunnies? Whatever you do, don't throw the case out. An empty glasses or sunglasses case will be the perfectly-sized storage solutions for makeup brushes.

Amazing storage solutions for your makeup drawer

If you're anything like me and have a love affair with makeup, you'll know how out of hand your drawer can get. If locating your favourite red lipstick is like finding a needle in a haystack, try some of these handy storage ideas.

7. Magazine racks are the ultimate storage solution

Who actually uses magazine racks anyway? Give yours a new lease of life by using it to store something you actually use - makeup palettes!

8. Your cosmetics will look cool in a paper organiser

There's no need to splash out on an expensive makeup organiser - use an old paper organiser instead. The drawers will be great for segregating all your cosmetics and it will look pretty cool too.

9. Store nail varnish in a cookie jar

Store nail varnishes in a mason jar

Does your cookie jar spend more time empty than full? If so, why not use it to store nail varnishes instead. That rainbow of colours will look super pretty on top of your dressing table.

10. Make an amazing DIY chest to store all your cosmetics

If none of the makeshift ideas above appeal, take a look at Peachfizzz' DIY makeup chest. Organising all of her beauty products must be super easy. Check out her blog for the tutorial.

 11. How to organise makeup in ice cube trays

Ice cube trays are not just cheap as chips, they're also the perfect size for storing all your eyeshadows. Colour code them and get tidy with this great storage idea.

12. Tiered fruit stands are great for organising

I don't know about you, but I prefer to keep my fruit in the fridge. Repurpose your empty fruit basket on top of your dresser and use it to organise your cosmetics.

How to organise haircare products & tools

How to organise hair products
Why do we have so many?!

Gone are the days when all we needed was Elnett hairspray and a hairbrush. All those products and electricals can be hard to keep tidy. If your hair products and tools are a mess, try some of these storage ideas.

13. Over-the-door storage solutions are the best way to organise haircare

An over-the-door shoe holder is one of my favourite storage solutions. Alongside toys and other clutter, they're also a great way to keep haircare tidy. From brushes and straighteners to mousses and gels, there's not much that won't fit inside.

14. Wine racks are handy too

Wine racks aren't just amazing for storing wine. Repurpose yours in your bedroom or bathroom and use it to keep all your haircare products neat and tidy.

15. Organise haircare in over-the-door baskets

If your haircare collection is out of control, an over-the-door basket may be the most practical solution for you. They'll be plenty of room for all of your products.

 Simple storage solutions for hair accessories

16. Use empty jar lids

organising hair accessories in empty jar lids
Pretty & practical!

Next time your jam jar is empty, don't throw the lid. Give it a good wash, and it'll be the perfect place to store bobby pins and other clips.

17. How to store bobbles

Bobbles can be seriously pesky to store. Our secret? Using a handy D-ring to keep them all together. It's perfect to chuck in your bag for when you're out and about too.

18. Organisational hacks don't get better than Tic Tac boxes

Tic Tacs are useful for so much more than just minty breath. Use your empty boxes to keep bobby pins all neat and tidy - you'll never have to find them on the living room floor again.

19. Magnetic strips are a great storage solution

If you'd rather keep things streamlined then all over your dresser, pick up some magnetic strip. This can be stuck to walls or the inside of drawers, then you can attach clips and pins onto it. Organising doesn't get easier than that! 

20. Pill boxes are really useful for storing

Pillboxes may be a bit small for your own hair accessories, but they'll be ideal for children's hair bobbles. Keep them all kept safe inside and you'll finally be free from constant trips to Claire's Accessories!

21. DIY your own hair bobble holders

Using jars to store bobbles

If you're a fan of DIY, no doubt you'll have some excess piping lying around. These scraps are the perfect size for hair bobbles. Cut them into short stumps and stretch hair elastics over them for a super swanky storage solution. You could even paint them for that extra wow factor.

If you don't have any pipe, jars are also a pretty convenient storage solution for bobbles.

We hope you've enjoyed our tips! Next, learn how to get lipstick out of carpet

Phew! My dressing table looks SO much better now everything's organised. Which tips will you be trying?

Stephanie C


Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

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  1. Author Sandra Grey on July 21, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Hi, have read several of your articles and you keep mentioning over the door shoe storage. I have looked in all the shops locally but cannot find one, can you tell me where you get yours?

  2. Author Carole Dunn on May 31, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    I use a bathroom sponge to keep my earrings together. Just push the posts into the sponge & you'll never loose one again. Keeps them tidy as well for that morning rush

    1. Author Joanne A on June 2, 2020 at 11:29 am

      What a great idea!

  3. Author Heather Hine on August 6, 2021 at 9:16 am

    My make up drawer is organised with a cutlery tray, bought from a charity shop. There are various sizes and configurations around so just look out for one that will fit your needs.

    1. Author Joanne A on October 13, 2022 at 2:09 pm

      LOVE this idea!

  4. Author Josie G on October 29, 2022 at 1:00 am

    I've read dozens and dozens of "clever storage solutions" articles. I've collected plastic take-away trays. lots and lots of handy storage containers, I've decluttered my bathroom and dressing room and make-up etc. I now have dozens of assorted storage containers of varying sizes spread all across my living room, office, hallway, stairways etc. I've no idea what to do with them or where to put them now. I can't find anything because I don't remember where I've put things. It takes me longer to scrabble my way thru the assorted boxes of things than it did to find the things I was trying to organise before I tried organising them! It's been three weeks now and I'm losing the will to live (not really, but I have lost interest and heart) My partner is not happy. Everything is a mess. I am thinking better to throw everything away and start all over again. With a better "clever storage solution" SIGH!!

    1. Author Joanne A on October 31, 2022 at 11:57 am

      Sounds like this system isn't working for you. Have you tried labelling your storage boxes, so that you know what's inside them?

  5. Author Josie G on October 31, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    Joanne A: Thank you!! I wish I'd thought of that... it seems such an obvious and simple solution... I can't believe I was so myopic! I'm on it! Crystal is opaque by comparison. Thanks again xx

    1. Author Joanne A on November 1, 2022 at 9:25 am

      You're very welcome!


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