Whether you’ve been experimenting with new skincare or you bought approximately 15 shades of your favorite lipstick at Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty Sale, beauty collections can get out of hand, fast. Rather than throwing it all in a bag and hoping for the best, a good makeup organizer can help you find a home for it all—and actually still see it to use it.
Making sure all of your products have a proper place can alleviate the frequency of having to hunt down those missing lip glosses, blushes or eyeliners. It will make it clear when you have some empties to replace. There are some makeup organizers that are better for the task than others, however, and we’ve done a deep dive into the most high-quality picks.
Acrylic organizers tend to be the most popular because they are see-through and easy to wipe down for cleaning. But there are other wooden and plastic models that are just durable that will match a different organizational aesthetic. As such, the best material for a makeup organizer will largely depend on your personal preferences.
There are a few features a top-notch pick should share, though. A good makeup organizer will have a variety of storage options, from drawers to slots, making it easy to stash away brushes, foundation and more. It should also fit your allotted space, whether that’s a small patch of real estate on your bathroom counter or a spacious vanity countertop. Last but not least, it should be strong enough to survive a bump from your blowdryer or even a tumble to the floor.
1. SORBUS MAKEUP ORGANIZER
Best overall makeup organizer
Tons of drawers
Multiple color options
Doesn’t hold extra-large palettes
This acrylic makeup organizer is a winner because it holds a ton without taking up too much space on your countertop thanks to its tall silhouette. In fact, with three or four large drawers, two or four small-sized drawers and 16 slot compartments on top that are ideal for sticks and brushes, it will pretty much fit your entire cosmetic arsenal. It’s made of durable, acrylic plastic, so you can see everything inside, and it comes in nine different colors to best fit your style. Our one qualm is that for all its room, the large drawers still aren’t big enough to fit oversized eyeshadow palettes.
2. HAVEN ACACIA MAKEUP ORGANIZER
Best wood makeup organizer
Doesn’t take up much space
Durable wood design
Not that large
Even if you don’t have a ton of counter space, you can still find a makeup organizer that will work for you. This simple wooden one has a two-tier hinge design that expands to hold even more stuff. It opens up to reveal its largest compartment, which is ideal for storing palettes and foundation. Because of its Acacia material, it’s quite sturdy, too.
3. THE TRANQUIL ABODE ROTATING MAKEUP ORGANIZER
Best rotating makeup organizer
Rotates 360 degrees
Doesn’t hold large palettes
Doesn’t come assembled
Editorial Assistant Chelsea Candelario is obsessed with this The Tranquil Abode makeup organizer. Its open, rotating design completely upgraded her beauty and skincare organizational game by making it easier to find up to 30 of her favorite products at a glance. It also has adjustable shelves that she was able to customize to best suit her needs.
4. H&M GLASS MAKEUP ORGANIZER
Most stylish makeup organizer
Stylish gold frame
Easy to clean
Doesn’t hold as much as others
Can break if dropped
Featuring a fashionable gold frame and glass material, this makeup organizer from H&M makes for a stylish way to keep your favorite lipsticks, applicators and nail polish in one convenient place. While it’s not as large as other makeup organizers on this list, it still makes for a good spot to keep your go-to supplies or your nighttime skincare routine in its two large front compartments and three smaller back ones.
5. MASIRS MAKEUP ORGANIZER
Best cheap makeup organizer
16 compartments and four drawers
Easy to clean
On the smaller side
This mini storage unit may be simple but it gets the job done for a reasonable price. You can also split it up, since the 16 compartment slots at the top can be removed from the four bottom drawers. Aside from makeup, you can use this stylish organizer to house jewelry or other beauty-related items, such as nail files or hair clips. The acrylic is also super easy to wipe clean with a paper towel for when those powder foundation spills inevitably happen.