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The 9 Best Makeup Cases for Travel in 2024, Tested and Reviewed

Our picks fit all of your favorite accessories and stand up to drops and shakes.

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If you wear even a small amount of makeup, you likely own some form of a makeup bag to use while traveling. But if your go-to makeup bag is hard to see into, has a janky zipper, or is just a plastic bag, it’s time for an upgrade. Lucky for you, we thoroughly tested 26 popular makeup bags in our New York City studio to find out which ones are actually worth traveling with. 

Over the course of five months of tests both in our New York City lab and during our real travels, we stuffed each makeup case to the brim with cosmetics, packed them into luggage, and threw them around the room (yes, really). And when all was said and done, there were 9 makeup cases we liked enough to permanently add to our luggage collections and recommend to you. Based on factors like quality, capacity, design, portability, value, and ease of use, here are our 9 favorite makeup bags and cosmetic cases.

Best Overall

Béis the cosmetic case.

  • Ease of Use 5 /5
  • Quality 5 /5
  • Capacity 5 /5
  • Design 5 /5
  • Portability 5 /5

It’s durable, capacious, and nice to look at — plus, it has a large built-in mirror.

We feel it could benefit from interior straps to hold products down.

Reliable, stylish, and compact yet spacious, it’s no wonder this easy-to-pack cosmetic case from luggage brand Béis impressed us the most. The main compartment opens and closes smoothly, while a center compartment for brushes and other smaller items can be removed in a snap. There are even multiple additional pockets, pouches, and subtle slots in the bag, so there’s truly a place for everything. We also noticed that, because the interior of the case is so roomy, it’s incredibly easy to see every item inside when fully opened. And speaking of the interior, the bag actually boasts a large attached mirror on the inside, which comes in handy for in-transit makeup application. 

During our five months of tests, the PU leather and hardware worked together to create efficient padding that kept the contents of the case safe and intact through bumps and drops — not to mention, the bag itself still looked good through the wear and tear. On many occasions, we tossed this case in a duffel before going through airport security and boarding a flight, and it still looks good as new. Though $68 may feel a bit pricey for a makeup bag, we felt this case’s thoughtful design and durable construction is worth it. You can grab the case in eight colors ranging from beige to berry.  

The Details: 9.5 x 4 x 7 inches | PU leather, nylon, PVC, poly | Zipper closure

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Best for Organization

Relavel travel makeup case.

It’s one of the roomiest bags on our list and it’s lightweight.

It does take up a bit of space in your luggage.

While this case is on the larger side, we felt that ended up being more helpful than hurtful while traveling. We could fit pretty much everything in this thing: a whopping seven palettes, a whole brush collection, two foundation bottles, five toiletry bottles, over 15 lipsticks, an eyelash curler, hair spray, and a travel-sized moisturizer bottle, to be exact. Despite its size, the train case actually remains quite lightweight as well as organized thanks to its adjustable dividers and stretchable pouches on the inside. During our five-month test, we even ended up using this for both makeup and toiletries, since it provides plenty of space.

The interior additionally features layers of protective foam-like material that expertly keeps makeup bottles from cracking. We also found that both the interior and exterior of this case are easy to clean, should a spill or outdoor drop occur. Because it’s a little big, though, we’d recommend packing this case in a carry-on suitcase or even checked luggage rather than a tote or backpack. You can pick this case up in 20 different colors and prints. 

The Details: 10.3 x 9 x 3.7 inches | Nylon | Zipper closure

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Best compact, dagne dover mila toiletry organizer.

Dagne Dover

  • Capacity 4 /5

It’s the tiniest bag on our list, but it still fits a lot — plus, it’s easy to flatten when packing or storing.

It does, of course, fit less makeup than the larger bags on our list.

If you prefer to travel with something more compact, Dagne Dover’s Mila Toiletry Organizer is the best tiny makeup bag we tried. Though it’s by far the smallest pick on our list, we were surprised at just how much it could actually hold. Not only do plenty of palettes, lipsticks, and other essential cosmetics fit inside, but so do full-size makeup brushes. It comes with a removable mini divider set that helps hold items in place, though we liked how much more we could fit in the organizer if we skipped using the dividers. Because it fit so well in the palm of our hands, we had a good time whipping it across the room during our tests — and after being pelted against the wall and floor multiple times, we were amazed to find the organizer still looked fantastic and its contents barely budged. Even when wedged into an absolutely-stuffed-to-the-brim suitcase during our five-month test, the inside is so well-padded that all of our items remained protected and secure. We decided it’s the ultimate makeup bag for shorter trips since it takes up such little space and is super soft and squishable for easy packing. 

The Details: 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches | Polyester, zinc alloy | Zipper closure

Best Budget

Narwey travel makeup bag.

  • Design 2 /5

It’s spacious, easy-to-clean, and more affordable than any other makeup bag on our list.

It could use a little extra padding for protection against drops.

There was something about this bag that just made us feel like we could easily access everything inside — there were no hidden pockets, no tight openings, and no unnecessary flaps that covered up the contents (other than one to protect makeup brushes, but it’s see-through). The zipper opening is easy to maneuver and appears to be well-made, while the canvas frame feels sturdy and protective. The bag got a bit dirty during our tests, but it cleaned up beautifully with minimal effort. We especially loved just how much it could fit: multiple brushes in each of its eight brush pockets, three palettes, three eyeliners, four lipsticks, a mascara, and a lash curler. Perhaps that’s why we were so shocked to discover the bag doesn’t take up much space in our luggage, and it is a fraction of what many other bags on our list cost. 

The Details: 9 x 6.7 x 3.5 inches | Canvas | Zipper closure

Lululemon Go Getter Pouch

  • Ease of Use 4.5 /5
  • Design 4 /5

It’s sleek, water-repellant, and capable of holding way more than you’d expect given its compact size. 

After five months of testing, it is showing makeup stains.

The feature we found most interesting about this bag is that, when empty, it appears very thin and compact. However, once stuffed with makeup, it actually holds a crazy amount of stuff, including larger items like perfumes, dry shampoos, lotions, and creams. We love the pouch’s nylon construction, which looks sleek and allows dirt and liquids to slide right off. The bag’s lack of padding keeps it lightweight and flexible; we wouldn’t recommend keeping any glass bottles or jars in it, but it’s also not likely to tear, stretch, or snag (that’s lululemon for you!). Because there’s no true framing, the bag is easy to flatten or mold to any space or suitcase. While there is a small exterior zip pocket and an interior mesh one, the pouch really has no built-in organization — though we don’t think that’s a deal-breaker. Get it in gray sage or black.

The Details: 8.7 x 3.3 x 6.3 inches | Polyester, nylon | Zipper closure

Best Train Case

Leatherology train case.

Leatherology

The leather exterior is soft to the touch and the interior is deceptively roomy.

During our five-month test, we found the tall design to be awkward for packing.

Easy to clean and pack, we’re obsessed with this cute and compact train case from ultra-reliable Leatherology. It zips open in a way that allows you to see everything inside, plus there are interior pockets of all sizes to help keep everything organized. Though we felt it was slightly flimsy when we first picked it up, we quickly realized it’s sturdier than it looks, and only becomes more so when filled with makeup. Its subtle padding is also no joke, as it completely protected the contents while being thrown around, shaken, and dropped. The exterior leather is soft and supple, the interior lining is high quality, and the main compartment is deep and spacious despite its overall compact size. If you’re looking for a smaller makeup bag that’ll still fit more than just the essentials, we recommend this train case in one of 14 available colors. 

The Details: 7.5 x 5 x 5.2 inches | Leather, nickel | Zipper closure

Best Hanging

Boacay hanging travel toiletry bag.

  • Quality 4 /5
  • Capacity 3.5 /5
  • Portability 4 /5

It holds so many products, and it folds up nicely and easily. 

Even when folded, it takes up more space than most makeup bags on our list.

Travel hanging organizers are a whole different ball game — and once you use one, you may never go back. This one opens up into four large sections, each with a transparent, zippered sleeve to store (and easily see) your makeup and toiletries. Two of the sections have straps to hold products in place, and a hook on the top section allows you to hang the bag anywhere. During our tests, we discovered the bag is sturdy and easy to clean in addition to being large enough for different types of products, from makeup brushes to hairspray.  Even when we packed it to the brim, it still folded up with minimal effort and kept our makeup in place during drop tests. While it’s relatively thin, it is somewhat long and space-consuming, so we’d probably only pack this in a checked bag rather than a carry-on, or use the makeup bag itself as a personal item. Throughout our five months of testing, we did notice that bottles can easily slip out of the plastic pockets if the case is hung up without first zipping the pockets.

The Details: 11.4 x 3.8 x 7.5 inches | Zipper closure

Cuyana Leather Travel Case Set

During our five months of tests, all stains and smudges were easily cleaned to keep the case looking new.

It doesn’t have organization features or particularly thick cushioning.

Upon testing, this stood out for two reasons: it comes with not one, but two luxe pouches, and the interior is lined with the same soft leather featured on the exterior. We appreciated how wide both bags open, despite their top-zip construction, making it easy to see everything inside. The larger of the two bags is so spacious, we were able to fit an impressive amount of makeup inside — in fact, we felt we realistically probably wouldn’t even need the smaller bag for makeup, and could instead use it for small toiletries or loan it to a travel companion. There aren’t any dividers or straps inside these bags, so the products inside may shift in-transit if not packed to the brim. Still, we loved the set because it’s one of the nicest-looking options we tried (plus, it comes in 14 gorgeous colors). 

The Details: 12 x 7 x 3.5 inches (large), 8 x 5 x 2.5 inches (small) | Leather | Zipper closure

Best Splurge

Cuyana travel beauty case.

  • Quality 4.5 /5
  • Portability 4.5 /5

It has a pocket for everything and will hold up through years of travel.

It’s on the heavier side and the most expensive bag on our list. 

If you’re looking for something that does it all and is built to last, consider Cuyana’s Travel Beauty Case. It’s the most expensive option on our list, but after putting it to the test, we believe it’s worth the hefty price tag. The zipper glides smoothly when opening and closing it, the construction is super sturdy, it’s not bulky, it’s packed with pockets as well as a removable pouch, dirt and scuffs are easy to wipe off — we could truly go on and on about this case. But let’s go back to the interior: Though the case is on the smaller side, it boasts plenty of slots for products, including a dedicated pocket and four straps for makeup brushes, a leather flap to protect contents, a small removable pouch for your tiniest cosmetics, and an additional elastic pocket. We felt the leather was quite stiff, which prompted us to get a little rougher with it during our drop and shake tests. Sure enough, it effectively protected the many palettes, lipsticks, tools, and more we placed inside. Even after five months of using the case during our travels, it still looks good as new and has protected all of our items.

The Details: 10.2 x 6.2 x 3.1 inches | Leather | Zipper closure

Other Makeup Bags We Liked

Several other makeup bags almost made our list, but were cut due to issues revealed during testing.

Béis The Hanging Cosmetic Case : This bag is super sturdy, protective, and well made. However, the actual makeup section of this multi-paneled case managed to feel both bulky and too small to fit all our makeup products. 

Away The Cosmetics Bag : We liked the sleek, minimalist design; a unique interior that features makeup storage with a clear zippered divider; and five heavy-duty makeup brush slots on the opposite side. But during tests, it fit considerably less makeup than many others on our list and it didn’t keep products very secure.

Vera Bradley Women's Recycled Lighten Up ReActive Cosmetic Makeup Organizer Set : This set proved to be spacious, easy to clean, and convenient thanks to two transparent side panels on the larger of the two bags. Still, we feel the design is very basic and it lacks organization features, straps, and pockets.

To thoroughly and accurately test each of the 26 makeup cases in our lab, we filled them with various props (including four makeup brushes, two makeup palettes, one bottle of foundation, one eyelash curler, one mascara, one lipstick, four pre-filled toiletry bottles, and one hairspray) to see how much they could truly hold. We then placed the filled makeup bags into both a half-packed backpack and carry-on luggage, making note of how much space each bag took up. Next, we took the makeup bags out of the luggage and dropped them, shook them, and tossed them in the air to test how much the contents inside moved or if there was any damage. 

Throughout our tests, we rated each makeup bag based on ease of use, quality, capacity, design, portability, and value. The makeup bags included in this article are the picks that scored highest in each category. Testers will continue using the bags and collecting insights for six months following our initial tests.

Tips for Buying a Makeup Bag for Travel

Decide how much space you need.

If you like to wear a full face of makeup on your travels, you should seek out a larger makeup bag with built-in organization (think pockets, brush straps, dividers, and removable pouches). If you’re more of a mascara-and-go kind of person, a super roomy cosmetic case is unnecessary — it’ll just take up extra space in your luggage, and your few makeup products inside will likely move around too much, increasing their chances of breaking.

Prioritize organizational features

While a makeup case with one large, main compartment might sound sufficient, you may want to reconsider. If you plan on packing multiple types of products (like palettes, brushes, bottles, and tubes), a makeup bag with organizational features, such as a train case , will come in handy more than you’d think. As explained above, bags with extra slots, pockets, straps, and compartments help you keep track of all your cosmetics and do your makeup quickly. 

Determine the best material

Before buying a makeup bag, think about potential travel mishaps that could occur. Are you prone to spills? Do you tend to overpack? What if your luggage takes a beating in the cargo hold? Keeping that in mind, choose a cosmetic case material that works for you. Leather and nylon handle makeup spills and dirt well, while cases made of neoprene or mesh will keep your luggage lightweight. It’s hard to completely avoid scuffs and scratches, but materials such as polyester and high-quality leather hold up better than others. And if you’re someone who hates rummaging through a dark makeup bag? Go for a clear material or a bag that opens like a clamshell so you can easily see all of its contents. 

It’s important not to overstuff or understuff your makeup bag. Overstuffing can cause spills and stretching/ripping of the makeup bag itself, while understuffing allows your makeup bag’s contents to move around more, increasing their chances of breaking. It’s also wise to take special care of more delicate items like brushes and glass bottles. Brushes should be strapped down and covered by a flap if possible, and you shouldn’t have to bend the bristles to make them fit. If your cosmetic case has smaller interior pockets or slots, keep glass bottles in there — if not, stand them up straight rather than laying them down, and pack other products around them to keep them from sliding around. 

Yes — just keep TSA liquid rules in mind. Like any other liquid container, makeup containers (like liquid foundation bottles, moisturizer tubes, etc.) should not exceed 3.4 fluid ounces each. If your liquid makeup goes over that limit, you’ll have to store it in your checked luggage.

Use a wet cloth, a wipe, or even an antibacterial spray and a paper towel to wipe your makeup bag clean. Just make sure you’re not using anything with bleach!

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The Best Makeup Train Cases

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No matter how near or far the destination, packing is always the most stressful part of any trip. And while the amount of clothes and accessories you take depends on where you're going and how long you're staying, the number of beauty products you need doesn't really change all that much. To avoid having to fill up multiple pouches, you’ll want a makeup case that's large enough to hold all your essentials. Thanks to their bigger size and thoughtful organization systems, makeup train cases tend to be the go-to among makeup artists and other industry professionals. The best makeup train cases should feature a waterproof lining that can be easily cleaned (in case of spills), as well as multiple compartments to hold all of your products and brushes. Look for one that has a top handle, too, so you can carry it on its own and avoid having to waste precious space in your suitcase, if you’re traveling.

And to all the makeup artists — whether professional or in training — reading this: you’ll find plenty of pro-quality cases listed ahead, too. So, whether you’re simply obsessed with beauty products and struggle to pack light for vacations, or you’re a pro looking for a new kit, keep scrolling to find the best makeup train case for you.

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In a hurry? Here are the best makeup train cases:

  • The Overall Best: Rownyeon Cosmetic Bag
  • Best Multi-Layer Makeup Train Case: Stagiant Vegan Leather Makeup Bag
  • Best Makeup Train Case With A Mirror: Silent Valley Makeup Train Case
  • Best Makeup Train Case With A Shoulder Strap: GZCZ Large Travel Makeup Bag
  • Best Professional Makeup Train Case: Joligrace Makeup Case

1. The Overall Best

rownyeon cosmetic bag is the best overall makeup train case

If you’re looking for a classic and compact makeup train case , this one is both easy to carry, thanks to its top handle strap, and totally chic, thanks to its leather and gold zippered design. To ensure that it's spill-proof no matter what beauty products you're taking on the go, the outside of the bag is made from synthetic leather, while the interior is lined with easy-to-clean nylon. There's a removable divider in the main compartment of the case to better customize your storage, and the top of the case is fitted with four makeup brush holders.

Colors: 2 Dimensions: 9 x 5.5 x 4.5 Inches Waterproof: Yes

Relevant Review: “Very sturdy make up box with high quality double zippers. Inside, there are dividers, mini side pockets for small items, and brush covers. Perfect for storing make up long term.”

2. Best Multi-Layer Makeup Train Case

stagiant makeup bag is the best multi layer makeup train case

This makeup case may look compact, but it features some major storage inside. In addition to a removable Velcro divider that can be adjusted to give you five separate compartments in the main storage space, the case also includes a large elastic pocket (perfect for storing palettes), a mesh pouch, and four slots designed to hold makeup brushes(with a dustproof cover to keep them protected). The outside of the case is made with synthetic vegan leather and the inside is lined with nylon, so it’s a waterproof and durable way to store your makeup.

Colors: 4 Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.4 x 4.7 Inches Waterproof: Yes

Relevant Review: “This is such a cute and sturdy bag for traveling. The compartments are movable so you can customize it to fit all your necessary makeup products.”

3. Best Makeup Train Case With A Mirror

silent valley makeup train case is the best makeup train case with a mirror

If you travel frequently, you know all too well how unreliable hotel lighting can be. This makeup train case ensures that you have everything you need for applying makeup on the go, thanks to a chargeable LED mirror with three brightness levels. The rest of the waterproof makeup case is just as thoughtfully designed, with separate pouches for your makeup brushes and adjustable dividers that give you as many as seven different compartments to fill.

Colors: 2 Dimensions: 14.55 x 11 x 6.5 Inches Waterproof: Yes

Relevant Review: “This is honestly life changing for traveling! I just got back from Punta Cana and the lighting in the bathroom was terrible. This thing is like a portable vanity. AMAZINGGGGG.”

4. Best Makeup Train Case With A Shoulder Strap

gzcz travel makeup bag is the best makeup train case with a shoulder strap

For a more versatile way to carry your makeup, this case comes with a handle and an adjustable shoulder strap that you can even attach to your suitcase. The case is made from waterproof materials, features makeup brush slots and adjustable compartments, and is available in three different sizes to suit a variety of needs. Even though it was designed for makeup, several Amazon shoppers reported that it's large and sturdy enough to store things like camera equipment and art supplies, too.

Colors: 5 Sizes: Small, Medium, Large Dimensions (Smallest Size): 10.2 x 3.5 x 9.4 Inches Waterproof: Yes

Relevant Review: “I bought this product for traveling because we were going to a vacation home with limited bathroom storage. It was perfect. Not only did it hold all of my toiletries, but I was able to set it up for use while I was on vacation, so I did not need to unpack the toiletries. This is my favorite purchase of the year.”

5. Best Professional Makeup Train Case

joligrace makeup case is the best professional makeup train case

This train case isn't for a quick weekend trip, but it’s a great option if you have a large collection of makeup at home that you’re trying to organize , or are a professional who always needs to maximize the number of products you have on hand. The aluminum frame is more durable than your typical fabric materials, and it was designed with a main storage compartment and six cantilever trays — each with removable dividers to customize your storage space. This one, too, comes with a long carrying strap, but it also has a durable top handle and two latch-style locks.

Colors: 3 Dimensions: 14 x 11 x 8.43 Inches Waterproof: Yes

Relevant Review: “Love this case! Didn't realize how much makeup I really had until I condensed it to this case from all over the bathroom. Doesn't tip over when you extend the trays on just one side, trays are plastic not cardboard so they can be cleaned. Handy movable dividers and sturdy construction. Plenty of room in the bottom for pallets and extras. Couldn't ask for more in a case.”

Bonus: Best Color Options

vlando travel makeup bag is the best makeup train case color options

This makeup train case comes in several pastel shades for those who prefer more colorful accessories. No matter which color you choose, the entire case is made from waterproof materials, with synthetic leather on the outside and a PVC lining on the inside that's easy to wipe clean. You can store makeup brushes in the individual pouches that are built into the top of the case, and the larger inner compartment features adjustable partitions to organize your makeup however you like.

Colors: 6 Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.6 x 3.9 Inches Waterproof: Yes

Relevant Review: “This bag has everything that’s important to me. Good sized, but not huge, waterproof, sturdy, pretty [...], and I love the different compartments that can be removed, or moved around to accommodate whatever makeup is your jam. I couldn’t find anything like it in stores, so I was delighted to run across this one. I take in on every trip, no matter if it’s for a night or a month.”

About The Author:

Marissa DeSantis has worked as a beauty writer and editor for nearly 10 years. Her pieces can be found across print and digital publications like Bustle, Evening Standard, Teen Vogue, and InStyle.

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Keep your bathroom counter clean with these expert-recommended makeup organizers

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Is your bathroom counter cluttered with eyeshadow palettes, makeup brushes and lip balms ? If so, you may benefit from a makeup organizer. Even if your stuff is contained in a makeup bag , you may find that utilizing different organization tools for your cosmetics can help you better access what you need.

“Makeup organizers keep products off your countertops and make sure that clean brushes stay clean,” says Gen Waring, a makeup artist and owner of Waring Makeup . “But the real value is how much time they can save you in the morning when you’re getting ready. You don’t waste valuable minutes or seconds having to hunt down where you last put your favorite lipstick or lip liner because they’re always in the exact same spot.”

There are various makeup organizers on the market—like brush holders, drawers, bags and more—to suit all kinds of needs. To help you figure out what you need, we asked experts about what you should consider when shopping. We also rounded up NBC Select staff favorite organizers and highly rated options for your consideration. 

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The best makeup organizers of 2024

Although there are makeup organizers designed for specific products like lipsticks, you can also find multipurpose organizers made to house various types of cosmetics. We included all types of options. The below are recommended by experts of NBC Select staff, or have high ratings and positive customer reviews. 

Sorbus Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display

  • Sorbus Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display $ at Amazon
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  • Sorbus Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display $ at Bed Bath and Beyond

You can store your favorite makeup and beauty tools in this clear 11.25-inch-tall makeup case. This case has a 4.8-star average rating from more than 30,800 reviews on Amazon and it includes four small and three large pull-out drawers. “I love clear acrylic drawers for their ease of finding what you need,” says Anna Peterson, a licensed cosmetologist and owner of Salon Route . 

yAlegory Acrylic Makeup Eyeshadow Palette Organizer

yAlegory Acrylic Makeup Eyeshadow Palette Organizer $ at Amazon

Eyeshadow lovers can store up to ten palettes in an upright position using this organizer that has a 4.5-star average rating from more than 2,290 reviews on Amazon. You can organize palettes of various thickness and size with the help of 11 included dividers. The dividers can also be removed if some of your palettes are thicker. 

Masirs Clear Cosmetic Storage Organizer

Masirs Clear Cosmetic Storage Organizer $ at Amazon

This acrylic makeup case has two large drawers, two small drawers, and then 16 different compartments at the top to store things like lipsticks, brushes and bottles and jars. It measures 7.5-inches tall, 5.5-inches deep and 9.5-inches wide. “I’ve had this organizer for nearly eight years and it still looks new,” says NBC Select commerce editor McKenna Moore. “It is really easy to clean and the lucite doesn’t get discolored if it’s near a window and sits in the sun.” There is also a version available that comes with a mirror .

DreamGenius Makeup Organizer

  • DreamGenius Makeup Organizer $ at Amazon
  • DreamGenius Makeup Organizer $ at Walmart

Waring likes rotating makeup organizers for their ease of getting to the products you need or want. Think of them as a lazy susan you’d put on your dining room table — but for makeup! This one has four quadrants, with shelves you can adjust to different heights. This adjustability allows you to store things of all different shapes and sizes more easily, according to the brand. This organizer is 11 inches wide and 13.5 inches tall — just keep in mind you’ll need to keep the area around it clear so you have room to spin it. 

SMARTAKE 13-Piece Drawer Organizers

SMARTAKE 13-Piece Drawer Organizers $ at Amazon

If you keep your cosmetics in a drawer, you probably know all those tubes and bottles can become a jumbled mess. These containers aim to help. The set comes with 13 organizers of all different sizes to allow you to separate your makeup into categories — think liners in one, shadow pots in another, lipsticks in yet another, you get the idea. The organizers are made of clear acrylic and have silicone pads on the bottom to prevent them from slipping and sliding around. They can also be stacked on each other and have a 4.8-star average rating from over 11,270 reviews on Amazon.

JoliGrace Makeup Train Case

JoliGrace Makeup Train Case $ at Amazon

Professional makeup artists often use a train case to organize their makeup. Not only are there many different compartments for cosmetics, but the hard shell protects what’s inside when on the go. A train case is also a good option for someone with limited drawer space who doesn’t want their makeup on the counter. This case has a 4.8-star average rating from over 6,620 reviews on Amazon and can be tucked under a vanity or stored in a closet when not in use. It has three tiers that can be pulled out and six compartments in total. It has adjustable dividers inside, can be folded up and locked and has a top handle and shoulder strap. The case comes in five colors, including black , holographic and silvery white . 

BAGSMART Toiletry Bag

  • BAGSMART Toiletry Bag $ at Amazon
  • BAGSMART Toiletry Bag $ at Bagsmart

Consider this toiletry bag if you prefer a makeup bag setup for your cosmetics. It is made from water-resistant polyester, has four interior zip compartments to store your makeup, skin care and hair care products and can be opened up and hung from a towel hook or door knob. It also has a top handle, which makes it easy to carry when it’s zipped up. “I use it to organize all of my makeup products and brushes,” says NBC Select editor Mili Godio. “I love that it has so many big and small compartments. It’s also great because it’s ready to go whenever I travel.”  This bag is available in a dozen colors, including yellow , pink and black . 

Hiuzar Portable Makeup Brush Organizer

Hiuzar Portable Makeup Brush Organizer $ at Amazon

I’m allergic to cluttered countertops, so prefer to keep my makeup tucked in drawers and cabinets. This brush organizer has been one of my favorite purchases this past year. It rolls up into a compact pouch, and when you need to use it, you can unroll it to lay it flat on your countertop. It has 12 pockets for brushes with a plastic flap that covers and protects the brush heads. It also has a small zippered pouch, perfect for sponges, tweezers and other small tools. Also nice: When you need to travel, you can just grab the whole pouch and throw it into your bag. 

Watpot Acrylic Makeup Brush Organizer

Watpot Acrylic Makeup Brush Organizer $ at Amazon

A holder for your makeup brushes is also helpful, says Waring, who points out that it can keep the bristles from picking up dirt on your countertop or getting dusty. This acrylic holder has three open compartments to organize your brushes. It measures 7.1 inches long, 2.7 inches deep and 3.1 inches tall and can be easily wiped down using a wet cloth. This brush holder has a 4.8-star average rating from over 14,000 reviews on Amazon.

How we picked the best makeup organizers

Experts we spoke with noted that many types of makeup organizers are on the market. Because of this, it’s important to keep your specific needs in mind when shopping. The below criteria will help you do that: 

Type: Are you looking to organize makeup in a drawer? Or perhaps you want to keep your makeup on the counter and need something to help you sort it out. Consider where you will store your makeup to help you determine the type of organizer you need. If you keep it in a drawer, dividers and containers will help. If it will be left on the counter, you can purchase makeup bags or drawers and stands. We’ve included options for both to fit all needs. 

Size: Similar to the above, how much space you have to organize your makeup will determine what products will work for you. “Taking just a few minutes to measure out your drawers and counter space will save you hours of time by avoiding purchasing an organizer that doesn’t quite fit or is far too large to sit on your countertop,” says Waring. We included products with minimal footprints and larger products for those who have more space. 

Price: There are plenty of affordable makeup organizers on the market. However, there are plenty of products you could also splurge on.  For the most part, we focused on budget-friendly options to make makeup organization accessible to all.  

Tips for organizing your makeup

When your space is tidy and clean, you can better see all your products — so you can use them to their fullest potential, says Peterson, who adds that It can also streamline and expedite your getting ready process. Buying a few organization tools is a great first step, but having a system is key when it comes to keeping your makeup orderly. 

  • Start with a cleanout: Now is the perfect time if you haven’t gone through your makeup recently. Toss items that you never use (ahem, that trendy blue lipstick you just never got the nerve to wear) or that have expired. Not sure about expiration dates? Most products will have an icon of a small bottle or jar on the bottom of the packaging with a number inside it — that number denotes how many months you have from opening the product before you should toss it. As a general rule of thumb, liquid face products last up to six months, powders for up to a year, eyeliners and lipsticks for two years and mascara for three months. 
  • Sort into categories: Once you’ve tossed whatever you can break your makeup into categories. Think about what will make the most sense for you. It’s really about preference and how you use makeup, says Waring. Some people may want to sort by item type — blushes, shadows, liners, lipsticks, etc. Or, if you tend just to do the basics daily, you could pull out those few essentials. Then, keep the stuff you use less regularly together in another area. Sorting in this way will give you an idea of how much space you need to store your makeup.
  • Consider your space and needs: Makeup organizers are not one size fits all. Think about whether you will want to keep things in a drawer or on your countertop, says Waring. If a drawer is your preferred storage spot, look for drawer dividers or bins. If you are setting your stuff on a countertop, look for acrylic drawers or bins to keep things together and see everything inside, says Peterson. Makeup bags with multiple compartments are another option — and they can fit either on a countertop, in a closet or in a drawer. They’re also great for those who travel often and just want to grab their stuff and go. 

Meet our experts

At NBC Select, we work with experts with specialized knowledge and authority based on relevant training and/or experience. We also ensure all expert advice and recommendations are made independently and without undisclosed financial conflicts of interest.

  • Gen Waring is a professional makeup artist and owner of Waring Makeup
  • Anna Peterson is a licensed cosmetologist and owner of Salon Route

Why trust NBC Select?

Bethany Heitman is a contributor at NBC Select and a journalist who regularly covers beauty, home and lifestyle. For this story, she interviewed two makeup artists. 

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