When it comes to girls and their makeup, there are a couple of camps. First, there are the ladies who only keep the basic staples on hand. Some concealer, a little mascara and a couple shades of lip color are pretty much all that comprises their makeup palette. But then there are the ladies who are serious about their makeup. They have options for day eyes, night eyes, blond hair, brown hair and everything in between. All of those bottles and sticks and tubes are intoxicating when perusing the makeup counter, but if your makeup stash is more like a collection, you would benefit from getting it organized.
Before you get started, be sure to throw out all of your makeup that's more than a year old, and make that six months for mascara. That way, you'll only be finding places for items that are still good to use. Even though we each probably have an eye pencil or two from our college era, makeup does have a shelf life -- though storing it in a cool, dark and dry place will help it last longer.
Your first step will be to sort like products into stacks -- eyeliners with eyeliners, powders with powders, and so on. If you have different color palettes within each category, then go ahead and group all of those together, too. Lay it all out on a big table so you can see how much you have, because now you're going to need to figure out how much room you need to store it. Turn the page for some great tips and tricks to keeping your makeup collection manageable.