Organizing Your Make Up Drawer

Organizing Your Make Up Drawer

A few weeks ago I did a blog post on how to organize your jewelry.  Did you see that one?  If not, click here and it will take you right there.

Today I took a stab at my make-up drawer.  Like most women we have a ton of make-up laying around and it all comes in super nice packaging.  That is great except we only really use a small selection of our collection because we find a few things we like and the older stuff gets pushed to the back until we find new things we want to try.   So after reading a post about depotting, on a blog called Pretty, Shiny, Sparkly, I decided to give it a try.

So I went to Amazon at 1:00 yesterday and ordered a Z-Palette.  And by 8:00 pm  it was on my doorstep.  Nice service Amazon. 

Here was what I started with:

Organizing Your Make Up Drawer

That really doesn’t look like that much but considering how much packaging is there vs. product it can be narrowed down quite a bit.


After popping out some of the shadows easily, I made sure to label them on the back so that I would remember what they were in case I wanted to purchase them again.  This particular shade is by Urban Decay, from their Naked 3 palette and it is called Liar.

Some of them popped out very easily.  Others not so much.  So based on the directions that came with the Z-Palette,  I used the oven method to melt the glue and get the other shades out of their packaging.  Be sure to take the shadows out of the outside packaging with the mirror before putting them in the oven.  I lined a cookie sheet with parchment paper, heated the oven to 250 degrees and put the shadows in for maybe 4 minutes, and they started popping out.   Don’t leave them in too long, you don’t want the plastic to start melting everywhere and have a hot pad or ‘Ove Glove ready, they do get pretty hot to the touch.  Some of the packaging needs a little more time to soften so I had to put them in a few times to get them to pop out.  You don’t want them to get so hot that you start to smell the fumes, if you do, open the windows, turn off the oven and let the room air out.  (No, that didn’t happen to me but I did place the cookie sheet in front of our stove fan just in case.)



The final result.  I did just my Urban Decay and Laura Mercier shadows for this palette.  I am going to order another one for my MAC and other shadows.  I might get one for my blushes but am still undecided if I want them in this big palette.


What I used for this project:

  • The Z-Palette
  • wipes to wipe off the bottom of the shadows after they popped out
  • a thin screwdriver to help pry them out
  • a sharpie to label them
  • parchment paper
  • cookie sheet
  • oven
  • hot pads

It didn’t take that long at all. Less than an hour.

The trash.  Now I know the final result doesn’t look as pretty as the manufacturing packaging.  And I know that cosmetic companies spend a ton of money on their packaging.  However, there comes a point where I don’t want to hunt for what I need in the morning. This will make it much easier to find the colors I want without having to search through everything.  And it will take up much less space in my bathroom leaving room to, I don’t know. . . go buy more make up!   🙂


My final thoughts on this project.  I love making things a bit more streamlined so I do think I will do this a few more times with other products.  I won’t do this with the items I travel with though.  I have a some tried and true items that I like to travel with and those will stay in the original packaging.  Most of those are streamlined enough as it is.

Do you have any organizing tips to share?  I would love to hear them.

Organizing Your Make Up Drawer


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