organizing lipstick

 {photograph taken at MAC store on Bleecker Street, NY}

I don't always wear lipstick but when I do I wear a lot of MAC colors.  I love YSL glosses, MAC glosses, Fresh Sugar Lips, Burt's Bees Super Shiny Natural Gloss, Kiehl's...etc. but, when I'm in the  mood for a punch of color I like MAC.  And as an added bonus I love their recycle program.  For every 6 used up products you drop off, they give you one free lipstick.  That's generally when I pick up a new color.  

One reason I like to be organized is because it saves time.  You wouldn't think it takes that much time to open up a lipstick to see the color you want to wear, but I found it did.

If you're interested in doing this: you'll need scissors, glue, paper {I love using index cards for the weight} and tape. 
1. Trace bottom of lipstick onto index card
2. Cut out circles {doesn't have to be perfect}
3. Put a little lipstick on circle
4. Tape over lipstick circle
5. Dab a bit of glue to bottom of lipstick and add circle
6. Keep upside down in jar so you can see colors

If you want to take an extra step, you can create an index card with the names so they will always be accessible for future purchases {it might be helpful too in case you rip the name of the color when you went to take off the circle of lipstick}.

Now I can see all the colors with one glance.  It's the little things...


  1. This is such a great idea. I often can't remember what the color is that I like.

    And....if I don't wear a single other stitch of makeup....I wear lipstick just about every day!

    xo Elizabeth

  2. You are so cute! I love this idea!

  3. I have a massive bag of sand and a ton of lipstick waiting to get organized! So excited about this idea! Can't live without this blog! Love it!

  4. so creative! i've never worn MAC lipstick (or much lipstick at all for that matter!) but your post makes me want to run out and buy the ladybug one!!

  5. Great idea! I love "Syrup" -- my daily MAC colors are the sadly LE "Flutterby" which I am on my last tube of, and MidiMauve.

  6. Hey, that would save me some time in the am. I also just need to clean out the makeup drawer (and all the dud colors)!
    Mary Ann

  7. Following you now. Great to explore and get organized.
    Mary Ann

  8. This is a lovely idea! That first picture of all the lipsticks reminds me of the Mad Men episode where Peggy gets "discovered".

  9. good idea! so cute!! xx Katie

  10. look at you miss organization, you are so cute!

    I miss you!! you need to get a job where you can come on gchat again- I miss our daily chats :(

  11. What a cute idea. Who would of thought.This is such a wonderful way to organize.

  12. I think I need all those lipsticks! Is that to much? NEVER!

  13. so smart!

  14. i love these tips. i am obsessed with mac lipstick!!!!!

    i totally tumbled this post!

  15. This is a great idea! I LOVE MAC and I also love their recycle program. Actually the only lipsticks I own are MAC so I'll definitely have to do this little trick. Thanks for sharing!



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