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Spring Storage Solutions Part 1: Makeup

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With spring on the way, it's a good thing you're already cleaning out your old makeup products (see our tips for de-cluttering your makeup bag.) Now that you've refreshed your collection, it's time to rethink the way you store your cosmetics. See our picks for the best makeup storage based on the size of your stash.

Small Collection

If you've got a small collection, you've got a ton of storage options to choose from! We're digging these metal table units (below,left). With five compartments and a multitude of colors to choose from, these retro-style organizers make it easy to store makeup. Divide your makeup by face, cheeks, eyes, lips, and palettes/miscellaneous—you can stack your brush holder on top to save table space, too! These come in at $99 each (ouch!), so if you can't break the bank, try this less expensive, fire engine red drawer unit on casters instead (below, right).

Medium Collection

If makeup is spilling out of your bathroom drawers, you know it's time for a storage upgrade. And with a sizable stash like yours, you can get a little creative in the setup. Utilize office storage, stationery storage, or even linen baskets—with a little bit of paint and imagination, the skies the limit! We love blogger bubblegarm's makeup stash. She's mixed white wooden paper units with natural baskets, and thrown in a mixed metal vanity mirror for a clean and feminine shabby-chic look that accommodates her substantial cosmetic assortment.

Large Collection

When you can count more lip glosses than shoes, you know you've got a large makeup stash to deal with. Ultimate product junkies with vast amounts of makeup need serious storage solutions that don't look like heavy duty artillery. Many people use professional train cases to store all their products, but their design makes it harder to access products easily and quickly. Our solution? Make use of the vertical space—tall and thin drawer units provide ample storage capacity but are visually more elegant compared to bulky tool boxes. We're loving this all-in-one vertical vanity from pottery barn (below, right), but at $599, it's definitely a beauty splurge. For a less expensive route, get thee to your local IKEA, where you can pick up both modern and traditional styles for less than $200 (below, center, left).

Want to organize and customize your perfect makeup palette? Enter our UNII Makeup Palette Spring Cleaning Contest!