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By Maria Gracia
May 13, 2020

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  Ask Maria

How to Organize My Makeup...and What Color is in that Tube?

A GON Reader Asks

Hi Maria,

I have massive amounts of makeup. How do I organize it so I can find things easily? I work, so my makeup goes on in the morning and often until 9:00PM. And how do you know what color is in a lipstick tube?

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--Sheri Isler, Kinnelon, NJ

Maria Gracia responds...

Hi Sheri,

Thanks so much for your questions. In response to question one, it's perfectly OK to have a nice variety of makeup if you actually use what you have often. Some folks like to switch out eye shadows and lipsticks daily. Just be sure there isn't a bunch of makeup products that have expired (eye makeup specifically) or that you never use...which is often the case with 'massive' amount of makeup as you described it. Reason being, the more makeup you have, the more challenging it can be to keep it all organized, and fresh.

You probably have a basic routine with moisturizer, primer, foundation, blush, eye makeup, and lipstick. Put your favorite basics in a makeup bag (or a little organizing unit or turntable with compartments) that is easy to get to each morning. For the rest, organize it by type. Either get a drawer-organizer or use boxes in the drawers or on the shelves of your vanity, labeling each by general category (skin care, foundations/concealers, eye makeup, lipstick, etc.). Clear, acrylic storage allows you to see what you're looking for, and they're reasonably-priced.

If you now find yourself working from home, you may be forgoing makeup entirely. That works just fine for some people, and has helped them save tons of money. However, if you are working from home and doing online video meetings, you may want to wear a bit to 'look alive,' especially if without makeup you have that 'just rolled out of bed' look. I can't imagine doing a Zoom meeting without applying at least my mascara and lipstick.

If you have sample sizes of makeup you like, stash some in a drawer at work or in your purse for touchups...rather than tossing them in a drawer never to be seen again.

To answer your second question, knowing which lipstick is which is tricky when tubes look alike, the labels have worn off, and there's no indication of the color on the tube. You might try using a label maker or a sharpie marker to label the bottom of the tube with abbreviations, P for pink, R for red, M for mauve, etc. If the tube contains a favorite color of red, pink, etc., add an asterisk after the letter. Alternately, and this solution takes a bit more time and effort, take photos of yourself wearing each lipstick, and print those photos out or make a digital photo album. Number the lipstick tube with a label and add a corresponding number to the photo.

Hope this gives you some ideas you can begin applying.


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  In Closing

'Whether I'm wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I'm always the same person inside.
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