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Mascara, lipstick, varnish… How to tidy up your makeup ?

Mascara, lipstick, varnish… How to tidy up your makeup ?


As a true makeup addict, we collect varnishes, eyeshadow palettes and other sun powders. A lipstick here, a mascara there … but over time the products accumulate and clutter our drawers and many kits. Not to mention our accessories: brushes, beautyblender and other cleansing fabrics that scatter everywhere. The worst part? We always use our favorites and we leave the rest to such an extent that we no longer know what is hidden in our beautysta cave. The solution ? Tidy up your make-up to turn this clutter into a sublime store display. Come again? Thanks to the wise advice of a pro of tidying, Pauline Levasseur, founder of By Pauline, ” the network that tidies your daily life “.


To properly store her makeup, the storage expert reveals her tips in 4 steps to follow. Attention: we do not squeeze any, they are all essential !

Step 1: Gather her make-up

To begin with, it is imperative to group all our make-up in one place. Go hop, we go on a make-up hunt and gather everything that hangs in the kits, in the handbags, in the drawer of the bathroom, and even in the bedroom or in the entrance … The goal ? Facilitate the next step.

Step 2: Sort her makeup

The second step, and not least, is to sort out our makeup. And this, in 4 categories (and as many good reasons to do so) according to the expert.

To throw away: Because makeup (like medicine) is stale ! Whether you have fragile skin, even atopic skin, or not, it is strongly advised to ban products whose date is exceeded. Most of the time, a logo on the tube of your beauty products indicates the number of months to use them after opening. The changing smell and texture are also good clues.

To give: Because we do not like waste, what can be given, must be given. To a sister, a friend, an association … we place here all the makeup in good condition which we know that we will never have the use because in double (or even triple) or simply unsuitable for our skin, skin tone, style … and also to our desires, because we have all our darlings.

To keep: Because it is essential to our beauty routine (even light) and that to tidy up your makeup, you need makeup. We keep what we use on a daily basis. Also worth noting: better to have the essentials of good quality than tons of products…

To reserve: Because we always have more makeup than we need. This does not mean that it will never be useful to us. We keep what will be used and we open it on one condition: that the products started are finished.

Step 3: Choose the right place to store your make-up

“Where to store our makeup ? ». To answer this question, the expert advises instead to ask yourself: “Where is makeup done in the morning ? ». In our room, sitting at our dressing table ? If the choice belongs to us according to our respective habits, Pauline, she, prefers the bathroom: “because makeup, it is difficult and we quickly dropped a mascara, a lipstick or powder on the floor “. Let’s avoid disasters, right ? In addition, we are not immune from an askew movement. In this case, ” we often need a little make-up remover or a cotton pad for possible catch-up “. We also need good lighting. Finally, our bathroom is often equipped with cupboards like the bathroom cabinet. Shallow, it is very accessible and allows ideal storage.

Step 4: Tidy up your makeup

Last step, the one we have been waiting for since the beginning: storage. For this, we have small bins, preferably transparent, and we assign one to each category: lipsticks, powder, eyeshadows, mascaras or eyeliners… For makeup brushes, we take pots also transparent. All being that the container is not too large, that the products stand up and that they can be identified and caught easily. The goal ? “Find what you need at first glance and take it with a single gesture”. We save time above all.


To avoid extreme situations, the first advice or “nerve of war” as Pauline likes to call it, remains to limit the number of products as much as possible. “On the one hand, it’s easier to manage, and on the other, you save money,” she says. Yes, what is the use of sleeping money ? The key: we only buy what we need.

Moreover, before buying, we can give a second life to the boxes that we already have on hand. Indeed, “in a closed cabinet, the aesthetic side is not paramount, I collect boxes of cotton swabs or jars of glass jam”, explains the expert. Small useful and eco-friendly tip at the same time.

Finally, one can make a kit for holidays and weekends. Especially if we have duplicates. No more unpacking every time we move. Everything stays in place for our pleasure.


  • Onrangetout.com : site specialized in storage offering the ideal compartments and in all formats for make-up (and for the whole house).
  • Rangementessentiel.fr : site specialized in the storage of make-up and jewelry.
  • Muskhane: decoration shop offering unique storage.
  • Madeindesign.com : interior and exterior decoration site offering storage objects.
  • Or in all major brands such as Ikea, Maison du Monde, Paragraphe, Casa or Hema.


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