Tips for Organizing Your Makeup Train Case

Published Categorized as Makeup Tips, Travel Tips

If left unchecked, your makeup train case can end up looking remarkably bad. With brushes that still hold remnants of your last application and expired goods possibly hiding underneath all your cosmetics, you could end up with a horrible mess if you don’t organize properly.

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So, we hear you asking, how do I organize my makeup bag or makeup train case?

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How to Organize Your Makeup Train Case

Before we get started, if you’re wondering what a makeup train case is, check out our post!

There are a couple of ways you can approach organizing your train case. You can opt to sort by usage or by color combinations.

Sorting by usage saves you time. Consider arranging your cosmetics in reverse order of use. This will save you time during application, as you will arrange starting with your lips and ending with your base products. By organizing this way, when you apply makeup on your face, you first reach for your foundations and concealers and end your routine with whatever final touch you want.

Another way to organize your train case is to do it by color combination. This is for a larger makeup train case and a person who is very much into makeup.

You can store palettes that work well together, as well as foundations and concealers, for easy location and use.

Check out these quick tips:

  • Don’t waste that last bit of lipstick. Instead, use pillboxes to store the remainder. This will decrease bulk in your case, as well as let you use every last bit of that perfect lip shade
  • Anti-bacterial wipes come in handy. Not only will they protect you from unwanted germs, but they work wonders for removing your makeup
  • What is old is not new again when it comes to make up, so make sure you clear out some room in that makeup train case by getting rid of expired cosmetics. It’s better for your health, too!
  • Try to buy items that can be used for multiple purposes, like a foundation that can be used as a concealer
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What Should You Put in Your Makeup Bag?

We’ve talked in the past about what goes in a toiletry bag, but let’s get into what should go in your train case.

Now, you have your makeup case organized, but what absolutely needs to be in it? This varies per person. If you are more of a natural makeup wearer, you may have less than someone who needs to be glam at all times.

But there are a few must-haves:

  • Foundation/concealer
  • Lipstick (or your favorite lip product such as balm, gloss, or stain)
  • >Highlighter (or bronzer)
  • Blush
  • Eyeshadow (singles or palettes)
  • Mascara
  • Brow and eye liner
  • Brushes (can’t forget your tools!)
  • Makeup remover or wipes

How to Organize Your Makeup Train Case for Storage

Organizing your makeup train case for storage is similar to the simple organization we mentioned, but there are a few tips that give the most bang for the buck.

Clear organization bins can be nice to keep your makeup separated into categories. When storing your case, you will want to make sure that there is little chance the contents will jostle and break, and these handy cases can do that.

The best way to make sure your case is ready is to carry only the essentials. This will make it easier to keep organized.

Lastly, make sure you store your brushes either in a separate bag or in their own individual bag within your makeup train case. This will prevent them from collecting any makeup particles that may be lying around.

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How to Organize Your Makeup Train Case for Travel

Travel brings in a whole other approach when organizing your makeup train case. You will want to carry the smallest amount of makeup possible.

One way to make this happen is to limit your options by the outfits you are packing. Often this narrows it down to one color palette, which is much easier to pack.

In this situation, it is even more imperative to use products that serve multiple purposes, as this will lighten your load a bit. Even if you are taking your kit on the plane, there may be some jostling of your bag. Cushioning your compacts to prevent damage is a nice way to organize your case.

Finally, remember that you will want to place all liquids and gels in a small, clear freezer bag. You are only allowed to bring a certain amount on the plane, so using the small plastic travel bottles will solve that. Here’s how to pack makeup for air travel.

In addition, make sure to pack that freezer bag on top, as you will have to remove it when going through security.

For other travel packing tips, check this out!

Organize away!

Keeping your makeup tidy will not only make the process of applying your makeup easier, but it can save you money, too.

You will be able to keep lids from cracking or palettes from breaking, and that will save you the trouble (both emotional and financial!) in having to replace lost products.

Plus, you won’t have to worry about having to clean up, because everything will remain nice and tidy.

You can also check out our large cosmetic bag and other organization travel bags in our range!

What are your tips for how to organize a train case? We’d love to learn your organization hacks!

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  1. Hi Julia! That’s a really great tip, too. And you’re very welcome, thank you for stopping by!

  2. These are really great tips! I travel a lot, and now I usually put the plastic bag in my handbag with my phone to make it less hassle at security!
    Thank you for the great Christmas offer too!
    Julia x

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