How to Keep Cosmetics Organized On the Go

pouch with several makeup

Trying out new makeup and skincare products is always fun, but keeping them organized can be quite a frustrating ordeal. When you’re on the go, you don’t have the time to rummage through your mountain of cosmetics to find that one tube of lip gloss. 

Today we’ll tell you some of the simplest ways you can keep all your cosmetics organized, at home or outside, even if you have a super busy lifestyle.

Stay Organized Outdoors

When you’re out and about, portability will be your highest priority. Besides investing in travel-size makeup and skincare, you’ll want a few handy storage bags with enough compartments to keep everything tidy.

1. A Practical Travel Bag

stevie by shortyLOVE, $88

Travel-size cosmetic bags are a total life-saver and we love the Stevie bag from shortylOVE. This nylon cosmetic bag has three compartments—one big, two small—to keep you organized. The inner lining is light pink so you can easily find whatever you’re looking for. Plus the material is sturdy and water-resistant. It’s a functional bag with a sophisticated look!


2. A Small, “Corgi-ous” Pouch

Dumpling Cosmetic Bag by Tworgis, from $13.95

Carry your cosmetics in a cute pouch with this portable makeup bag from Tworgis. It will not only keep your cosmetics safe and organized but will also deliver a dose of serotonin every time you see the silly corgis adorning it. These Dumpling bags have a main compartment with two inner pockets that can fit your staple makeup products.


3. A Flexible Brush Organizer

Kusshi Brush Organizer, $39

Putting your brushes with your other products isn’t always a good idea. This brush organizer from Peter Kate can save your precious brushes from getting smooshed and disfigured. You can also store toiletries and makeup products in it. The small case can be folded shut so it’s easy to carry.


4. Reuse An Old Glasses Case

Looking for something small enough to carry just the bare basics like a lip balm, a small mascara, a mini brush, and maybe a teeny tiny eyeshadow? Then you can simply reuse any old eyewear case! Most of us have one lying around at home, so this makeup organization hack won’t cost you a dime extra.

Your Old Sunglasses Case, free

Photo by Jean van der Meulen, courtesy of Pixabay


5. Travel Case With Lighted Mirror

MOMIRA Travel Makeup Case, $79.99

A portable vanity you say? This makeup case by MOMIRA comes with a lighted mirror which makes getting ready while traveling a total breeze. It comes with a main compartment that can be partitioned with dividers and a few compartments to store your brushes and other small accessories. It’s a mini suitcase for your cosmetics!


Staying Organized At Home

There are many ingenious ways to keep your makeup and beauty products organized at home that don’t involve buying fancy organizers. But if you have some cash to spare to make your life easier, we have some suggestions for that too!

1. Repurpose Desk Organizers

ARCOBIS Rose Gold Desk Organizer, $22.99

Multipurpose desk organizers are fantastic for storing your cosmetics for easy access. We love this desk organizer from ARCOBIS because it has all the compartments you’ll need to organize everything neatly. You can put your brushes, lip glosses, mascaras, and eyeliners in pen holders, your eyeshadow palettes in the paper tray, and nail polishes on the mini shelves.


2. Makeup and Skincare on Wheels

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White RÅSKOG Utility Cart, $39.99

If you’re one of those people who alternate between their bathroom, bedroom, and living room to get ready, then a utility cart will save you a lot of effort. This utility cart from Ikea is compact, but it can store all your makeup and skincare products and be easily rolled around the house.


3. A Lazy Susan for Your Essentials

VAEHOLD 2 Tier Lazy Susan, $25.99

If you’re looking for something that can hold your daily essentials without too much fuss, then a 2-tier lazy Susan is exactly what you’re looking for. Whether you’re too unbothered or too busy to segregate all your products, this will work. Just put all your stuff here to quickly grab what you need at a moment’s notice.


4. All-In-One Storage With Mirror

Every Quinn Green Cosmetics Storage Box, $175.99

This green cosmetic storage box from Wayfair will not only help you organize your cosmetics but also look pretty in your room! This stunning organizer has many compartments to organize your makeup and jewelry, along with a mirror with LED lights. Pretty convenient, we’d say!

Taking out the time to declutter your dressing table and organize your cosmetics can seem intimidating at first but it’s easier than you think. With the tips we’ve shared above, you’ll be able to keep your dresser looking mess-free and keep all your cosmetics organized for your on-the-go lifestyle!


About the Author

Tess DiNapoli is an artist, freelance writer, and content strategist. She has a passion for yoga and often writes about health and wellness, but also enjoys covering the fashion industry and the world of fitness.

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