I made this makeup organizer the first year we moved into our house – so over 14 years ago. I used Elmer’s wood glue to put it together, and it held up perfectly for all these years. I recently redid it because my old configuration was no longer working for me. Back when I first made it, single eyeshadows were the norm, but now they are in pallets.
Despite the fact that this looks like an ad for e.l.f. makeup, it is not! I just went a little crazy when they had a 60% off sale on their website and bought so many fun things to try for so cheap! By the way, I have been really happy with a lot of the things I got!
This project originally cost me around $50 because some of the tile pieces are pricier. When I remade it, I decided to use hot glue because it would set faster, and if I made a mistake, it would be easier since I could pop it apart, remove the glue, and try again.
Using hot glue definitely was faster, but the finished product was a little less polished looking because you can see the hot glue in some places. Also, since I was reusing all of the tile from my original design, some of the tiles had the old wood glue on it, which I wasn’t able to get off.
Since I added a section, I did have to purchase more tile. Originally, this project cost me $40 in tile. I spent an additional $8 in tile, so the whole project cost me a little under $50.
What I love about it is that I made it to the exact specifications that I needed and I love that the tile blends in really seamlessly with my countertops.
I find it best to group the makeup together and create sections for that grouping. The first section (from right to left) is my skin prep section. This is where I have moisturizer, makeup remover (that would be my little bottle of extra virgin olive oil that I refill from my kitchen 🙂 ) and makeup primers.
The second section is the eye section. Here I have mascara, liquid eyeshadows, eyeshadow crayons, and eyeshadow pallets.
The next section has lips, plus the section in the front where I have my powder foundations (I have really sensitive skin and I am a big fan of the mineral powder foundations by Sweet Face Minerals).
You can see in the picture above that I cut up strips of nonslip rug backing to create a smoother bottom for each little section. This is because some of the tiles have ridges and it makes the lipsticks fall over.
Before you purchase any tile, you need to draw out a basic design. How many products to you want to organize? How many sections do you need to create? Of course, if you buy more than you need, you can just return the tile pieces that were extra. Once you have a pretty good idea of what you want, you can head over to the tile aisle at your local hardware store.
Plan on spending some time at the hardware store playing around with how you can configure the tile to create what you want.
To create the “stadium style” sections where I have my lipsticks, etc., I used this curved tile. Of all the tiles I used, this was the most expensive, but such an easy way to create those risers.
To subdivide sections, I used tile that was 1/4 the size of a standard square tile. In my original project, I purchased this size and it was super expensive because of the rounded edges. When I had to buy some more this time around, the man working in the tile section was super helpful and actually cut a standard tile into fourths for me, which was great!
You may be wondering what is supporting the higher sections in the back. Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures as I was making this, but I used styrofoam pieces. I had a large piece of styrofoam packing material that I cut up and stacked to get the height I wanted and where I needed it. When I first made this organizer years ago I just used old boxes as the supports in the back.
As you can see, I repurposed a plant pot for my makeup brushes and I have a small clock from IKEA so I can easily see what time it is (and if I have to hurry up)!
It makes me smile every time I go into my bathroom to see this neat makeup organizer! If you decide to try it yourself, I’d love to hear about it!