The Best Makeup Organizers For Your Countertop

by Sam Escobar
Bed Bath & Beyond

Anyone who's ever been to my apartment knows that I'm completely in love with beauty products, from hairsprays to nail polishes to every eye palette ever. Naturally, this leads to a lot of clutter, particularly in my precious bathroom space (I live in a small Brooklyn apartment, so I do not have much to spare), so I found out where to buy countertop makeup organizers to create a better system. Not only do they keep your stuff straight, they also let you show it off.

Here's the problem: I'm the kind of person who has never once said "no" to a perfume or lipstick sample because I am completely, 100 percent obsessed with trying just about any type of beauty product. Whether it's the latest Korean skin care trend or a brand new hair tool (straightening brushes, anyone?), I love to collect countless products in order to stay up-to-date on what's happening in the beauty sphere. And that's exactly why I need to get organized.

If you're having trouble keeping track of where you left your favorite foundation brush or how many shades of red nail polish you have, pick up a makeup organizer that's as pretty as it is functional. There are swiveling display organizers, hanging bags, stackable clear boxes, and chic train cases, all of which get you and your tools totally organized.


This Organizer Features Five Tiers And Tons Of Drawer Space

Sorbus Acrylic Cosmetics Makeup & Jewelry Storage Case, $24, Amazon

On top of being a super simple way to keep all your makeup straight using clear compartments, this giant makeup and jewelry case is made from acrylic, so it's easy to clean if your brushes and beauty products sometimes make it a little messy.


A Spinning Organizer That Glamorously Shows Off Your Favorite Products

Lori Greiner Spinning Cosmetic Organizer, $40, Bed Bath & Beyond

Have some fun with your makeup display methods with a spinning organizer that holds dozens of products, from lipsticks and brushes to polishes and perfumes. It even has slots big enough for your hairsprays, creams, and serums!


A Cute Display Rack That Holds Up To 60 Bottles Of Polish

Home-it Nail Polish Holder Acrylic 5 Step Counter Display, $10, Amazon

If you can't get enough varnish but don't have a way to keep it totally organized, snag this nail hue holder that stores up to 60 bottles. Of course, you can think outside the box, too — instead of just polish, you can use it to keep your lipsticks straight.


Show Off Your Countless Colors With This Massive Nail Polish Rack

MyGift Metal Nail Polish Mountable 6 Tier Organizer Display Rack, $40, Amazon

If bigger is always better in your mind — or you're actually just looking to save a ton of countertop space — this huge nail polish display rack made from sturdy metal features six rows, so you can show off all your gorgeous shades. I have this exact design (here's a photo of it), and not only is it something everyone comments on when they use my bathroom, it also encourages me to toss old hues and to organize my shades according in rainbow order.


This Delicate And Pretty Bag That Turns Into A Hanging Rack

Glam To-Go Makeup Bag in Pink, $30, ModCloth

This cute carrying case holds all your brushes and makeup in differently sized pockets and compartments, most of which zipper shut to keep everything safe and secure. (Nothing's worse than spilt bronzer, after all.) It can be used as a regular type of bag to store your products in on the counter or be hung up on the wall for easy access. Plus, it comes in a gorgeous salmon pink shade that enhances the look of any bathroom.


This Train Case Expands To Fit All Your Beauty Products

Embossed Traincase in Black Faux Croc, $110, Sephora

If you want a more professional-looking setup on your bathroom counter or vanity, try this gorgeous embossed carrying case from Sephora that securely stores your makeup, brushes, nail polish, and knick knacks in varying sizes of compartments, then expands to show them off.


This Metal Rack Saves Counter Space And Holds Your Hair Dryer

MyLifeUNIT Wall Mount Hair Dryer Hanging Rack Organizer, $27, Amazon

If you've been storing your blowdryer and brushes under the sink or on the countertop, it's time to improve your organization method. This hanging rack organizer mounts on your wall, so you can put it above where you need it without actually having your tools take up any counter space. You can even use it to store your phone while you dry your hair in the morning.


A Combination Display And Storage Set

SONGMICS Makeup Organizer Cosmetic Storage Display Boxes Jewelry Chest, $30, Amazon

Like many of the other storage products on here, this organizer features clear drawers that allow you to see all the beauty products you're popping into it. But on top of that, it also has several standing compartments that let you show off all your prettiest products, like fancy makeup brushes and luxury lipsticks.


A Solid Organizer In A Minty Fresh Hue

mDesign Cosmetic Mint Tote, $13, Amazon

If you prefer to keep your cosmetics and tools a little more covered up, try this durable plastic tote. Its opaque mint shade adds a touch of vintage-inspired elegance to your bathroom while letting you keep your products straight.


A Brush Caddy That Securely Snaps Closed

Sephora Pro Brush Caddy, $24, Sephora

Organizing your makeup brushes is tough — it's hard to keep them straight, clean, and well taken care of, particularly when traveling. Fortunately, this hardshell container from Sephora holds up to 15 brushes, securely snaps shut, and can be worn as a makeup belt if you're feeling like a pro that day. Once you're back at home (or your hotel, wherever you may be), you can just pop it down and open it up, displaying your brushes once again.

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