As if cluttered makeup bags weren't already hard enough to deal with, worse yet is when the contents of those bags become haphazardly strewn about our vanity tables. So here's a word of advice: Take inventory of the makeup you do have (to avoid unnecessary purchases in the future) and get rid of anything you likely won't touch again. Once your stash is pared down, it's time to organize your beauty products.
Makeup organizers come in all different sizes and looks. There are those that operate as mini vanities (LED mirror included), and others designed with drawers of varying sizes to accommodate anything from eyeshadow palettes to vibrant lipsticks. Some are acrylic, some rotate, and others can be easily packed up and taken with you on the go. We combed through what's out there and rounded up the best organizers in varying materials, sizes, and colors.
Sorbus Clear Cosmetic Makeup Organizer
Two different drawer options
Clear to easily see makeup supplies
Could be more durable
While it’s transparent enough to know exactly where you relegated each of your products, the stack comes in a range of colors—even marble, for you minimalists. It has three wide drawers for palettes and four at half the size for smaller items. That’s not to mention, of course, the brush holder, lipstick compartment. This is the organizer for the makeup obsessive who wants everything to have its own home.
Price at time of publish: $33
Material: Clear Acrylic Plastic | Color: Pink | Size: 9.25 x 6.25 x 14.25 in.
Best for Brushes
byAlegory Makeup Beauty Brush Organizer and Drying Stand
Designed with three hole sizes
Holds 12 brushes
Attractive rounded edges
Difficult to get brushes in and out
When it comes to brush holders, the byAlegory organizer is the Rolls Royce. To use, just extract a brush and thread it back into its individual hole after you’ve finished. It also makes it simple to clean your brushes between uses. Instead of squeezing together handles and hoping the bristles dry at the other end, this stand separates each brush so they never have to touch. Did we mention its crystal-reminiscent design is insanely cute?
Price at time of publish: $22
Material: Clear Acrylic Plastic | Color: Pink, White | Size: 5.12 x 5.12 x 13.03 in.
KUSSHI Signature Makeup Bag
Multiple zippers for easy access
Many different size options
Comes in vegan leather
Compartments could be larger
There’s a reason influencers everywhere, and Byrdie’s very own Hallie Gould, can’t get enough of this makeup bag. The structured soft-case keeps makeup intact on the most turbulent of trips, but malleable enough to squeeze into tight spaces. Its dual-sided zip reaches down to the base of the bag so there’s no need to rummage around for that elusive eyeliner sharpener—it also always comes in discreet charcoal or black, with a brightly-colored liner of your choice for optimal visibility. If you really want luxury, opt for the leather version, which features two secret pockets.
Price at time of publish: $45
Material: Nylon, Mesh | Closure: Zip | Size: Various
Sonia Kashuk Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer
Stylish, contemporary gold rim
Can easily access makeup products
Compartment proportions could be larger
An old classic and personal favorite, this gold-rimmed clear countertop organizer gives you pretty much everything you need, including a range of compartment sizes. The one downside is that large palettes will have to find their own home, but for smaller products, this can’t be beaten.
Price at time of publish: $13
Material: Acrylic Plastic | Color: Clear | Size: 8.125 x 6.125 x 4.5 in.
Mark & Graham Terminal 1 Cosmetic Case
Comes in eight colors
Chic vintage look
Not ideal for countertop storage
Looking for luxury? We’ve got you covered. The cosmetic case is objectively beautiful—available in eight colors with contrasting leather straps, and striped lining. You can also customize it with your initials if you’re really feeling fancy. It’s also not just a pretty face, but high-quality and practical too: Its hard exterior protects your products, and individual pockets store brushes and favorite lipsticks so you never have to dig.
Price at time of publish: $99
Material: Polycarbonate, Leather, Polyester | Closure: Zip-Around | Size: 11.5 x 8.0 x 8.5 in.
Ikee Design Cosmetics Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display
Offers plenty of space
Drawers are a bit squeaky
This one's for you in-betweeners. If you don’t want the commitment of a heavy-duty organizer, but still want to optimize your organization, this is by far the best acrylic option. With two full-size display drawers, two half-size as well as top compartments, you can finally consolidate all your products in one place. For those who do need a little more storage, this does also come in a bigger size. Oh, and you can order it in a slightly less-sheer diamond pattern.
Price at time of publish: $17
Material: Acrylic Plastic | Color: Brown, Clear | Size: 9.25 x 5.375 x 11.625 in.
Jerrybox 360-Degree Rotating Makeup Organizer
Seven compartments with large capacity
Accommodates at least 30 makeup brushes
Shipments may sometimes be missing parts
Finally, a smorgasbord for makeup. A cylindrical shelving system that spins for your convenience? Yes, please. The Jerrybox Organizer has seven levels of trays that you can adjust to the most applicable height, and it’s small enough so as to not consume your countertop. It also rotates completely silently and is easy to wash. Cut your get-ready time in two with this dream.
Material: Plastic | Color: Black | Size: 11.81 x 9.49 x 2.01 in.
Caboodles On the Go Girl Makeup Bag
Easy to clean
A bit bulky
Ah the Caboodle, hello, old friend. The Caboodle has been in rotation as a portable makeup organizer by those in the know for a long time. If you’re en route to a location with dubious mirror space, this is the organizer to bring. Folding out two tray levels and a full mirror stand, get ready everywhere and anywhere, then pop it in your overnight bag and keep it moving—the hard shell will ensure your makeup stays safe.
Price at time of publish: $23
Material: Plastic | Closure: Latch | Size: 13.0 x 6.0 x 8.0 in.
Best for Travel
Relavel Travel Cosmetic Case Organizer
Comes in two colors
Waterproof, shockproof, and anti-wear interiors
Might be too tiny for some
As a perpetually in-transit makeup fiend, this one is a personal favorite. The case is structured by movable sections (you can take them out altogether to make it softer and flatter if you need space in a suitcase), which keeps your makeup from being crushed. A side pocket on the flap fits palettes, while brushes fit snugly into the compartments. In short, there’s truly no product this doesn’t accommodate— and it’s pretty enough to sit on your vanity if you’re so inclined.
Price at time of publish: $30
Material: Plastic | Closure: Zip | Size: 10.16 x 9.53 x 4.06 in.
Fancii Gala Vanity Mirror
Horizontal and vertical orientation
True-to-life color-correct details
Built-in 10x magnification
Can be powered by battery or USB
Pull out mirror could be bigger
You don’t wear a lot of makeup on the day-to-day, but you do want your products neatly accessible: meet the Modern Makeup Mirror. The LED mirror has a small pull out magnification mirror to get up-close-and-personal, and its base doubles as a makeup organizer for the essentials. Save yourself rooting around in a larger unit, and keep the basics on hand to swipe on in a flash.
Price at time of publish: $65
Shape: Square | Type: Freestanding | Size: 4.5 x 7.3 x 14.6 in.
Sorbus 360° Bamboo Cosmetic Organizer
Has eight sections
Engineering quality could use more attention
Save the planet and shelve your makeup practically with this organizer created from bamboo. This stand may not rival its acrylic competitors when it comes to a ton of specialized compartments, but it does do a great job of keeping you covered with all the necessities. There are holes for brushes, and shelves of various heights to suit a range of different products. It's a great pick to store products in the bathroom. Did we mention it’s double-sided?
Price at time of publish: $40
Material: Bamboo Wood | Color: Natural/Brown | Size: 10.0 x 7.1 x 11.7 in.
Devaise 7-Drawer Chest
Can be rolled or locked into place
Quality could be better
If you're looking for serious storage for your bathroom or beauty space, you can't go wrong with this roomy chest on wheels. Featuring seven large drawers, this chest is designed for office storage but also works beautifully for holding makeup products. It has wheels and casters to lock it into place, and is relatively easy to assemble.
Price at time of publish: $150
Material: Particle board | Color: White | Size: 18.9 x 15.7 x 34.5 in.
AmeiTech Makeup Organizer 360 Degree Rotating Adjustable Cosmetic Storage Display Case
Range of compartments
Quality could be better
Finally, a smorgasbord for makeup. A cylindrical shelving system that spins for your convenience? Yes, please. The AmeiTech Makeup Organizer has eight levels of trays that you can adjust to the most applicable height, and it’s small enough so as to not consume your countertop. It also rotates completely silently and is easy to wash. Cut your get-ready time in two with this dream.
Price at time of publish: $35
Material: Acrylic | Color: Clear | Size: 9.8 x 14.2 x 9.8 in.
The Sorbus Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case is our top pick. With two different drawer options and a clear, minimalist look, you'll be able to store and see your different-sized products. And if you're on a budget, the Sonia Kashuk Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer looks sleek and beautiful on a desktop vanity and offers a good range of compartments.
What to Look For in a Makeup Organizer
Makeup organizers come in many different styles, from see-through drawers to cosmetic bags that keep products together for traveling. There are also organizers designed for holding specific products like eyeliner, brushes, and your favorite eyeshadow palettes. You''ll want to consider where and how much space you have to store your organizer: do you want a small-ish bag you can take on the go, like the Caboodles On the Go Girl Makeup Bag? Or, consider a countertop option like the byAlegory Makeup Beauty Brush Organizer and Drying Stand. There are so many ways to customize your makeup display with organizers—it all comes down to your personal preferences.
Storage capacity is a big factor in whether a makeup organizer is the one for you. Some organizers have many sections designed for storing specific products, like brushes or lip products, while others don’t. Choosing the amount of storage you need is dependent on how many products you have. Take a close look at the compartments offered to be sure the organizer will house your products.
How do you clean a makeup organizer?
Just as it's important to clean your makeup and makeup accessories, you'll want to keep your makeup organizer free of dirt and bacteria. To clean a makeup organizer, you'll need a solution of mild soap and water. Also, using a microfiber cloth will remove fingerprints without damaging the organizer’s surface. Begin by blowing away any loose dust or debris. Apply the solution using a soft cloth or sponge then rinse the organizer with water. Pat dry the surface and storage areas.
Which makeup organizer is best for small spaces?
Look for a tall but narrow countertop option or makeup bag if you're looking to save space. Many countertop options come with several layers to save countertop space.
How We Researched
To compile this list, our team of editors and contributors spent hours researching the best products on the market in this category, evaluating their key features—like ingredients, shade range, or design—in addition to reviews from customers and other trusted sources. We then used this research to assign a star rating from one to five (five being the best; one being the worst) to certain products on the list.