Makeup Vanity Organization

A blog reader suggested that I do an updated post on my DIY Ikea Makeup Vanity and how it’s held up over the years and I think that’s a good idea.  Since I didn’t include how I organized the vanity in the first post, I thought I’d take the time and do that as well.

**For a list of products used to build this vanity, please visit the original blog post.


I’ve used the vanity every single day over the last 2.5 years and I still love it.  The glass top and glossy shelves make it so easy to wipe clean and keeps it looking new.  If I had to change one thing, I would probably attach the legs closer together because I do sometimes worry about putting too much weight in the middle.  I’m also still loving the stool because it’s small and doesn’t get in the way.


Above is how the vanity was originally set up and organized.


However, we recently rearranged the bedroom furniture and the vanity now sits in the corner between the closet and Mel’s nightstand.  Since I tend to sit more to the right of the vanity, the mirror is hung off center.  Moving it was not a problem at all and we just reattached the mirror.



Source: Ikea

The Godmorgon Box is great because it has so many compartments.

1)  Face brushes and Q-tips

2)  Eyeliners, eye pencils, and lip liners

3)  Liquid foundations, tinted moisturizers, and highlighters that are better standing up than laying in the trays

4)  Lipsticks and perfume

5)  Precision brushes (i.e. angled eyeliner and pencil brushes)

6)  Dense brushes for packing on eyeshadow and pigments

7)  Blending brushes

8)  Mascara primer, mascara, and eyebrow products (brush, spooly, and setting gel)

9)  Lash glue and eye primers

The brush compartment lifts up and allows for more storage underneath.  This is where I keep miscellaneous products such as a pencil sharpener, extra foundation, and eyelashes.


10)  Eye shadow bases, pigments, and cream eye shadows.  I don’t use these items often so I put them out of reach.


11)  Brown and neutral eye shadows

12)  Color eye shadows

13)  Naked and Naked2 eye shadow palettes


14)  Foundations, concealers, bronzers, and highlighters

15)  Blushes

16)  MAC and Inglot eye shadow palettes

This vanity really keeps me in check because it forces me to purge and give away makeup when there’s no more space in the trays.  This prevents me from accumulating more makeup and getting out of control. =)

If you’re looking for a way to organize all your makeup, I hope this post was helpful!


14 thoughts on “Makeup Vanity Organization

  1. mary says:

    Thank you for keeping us updated and doing an updated post! 🙂 I bought the same one at Ikea but in black and so far I am in LOVE with it 🙂

  2. budziak says:

    Great organization post! I’ve been looking for something like this but haven’t found an organization method I liked… Until now! An Ikea trip is in my foreseeable future! 🙂

  3. April says:

    I was so inspired by your vanity that I built the exact same thing and still love it a year later! Only thing I’m looking to update is lighting (like install some kind of bulb strip on each side of the mirror)!

  4. Hira says:

    Hi! Where did you get the tray for your “14) Foundations, concealers, bronzers, and highlighters”? It seems larger than the other trays. 🙂

  5. Saira A says:

    Thanks so much for sharing the setup on your original post, as well as this update. I found it through someone who found it on Ikea Hackers, and it’s exactly what I need! I have lots of stuff, but only one room, and I’ve been avoiding buying a dressing table as they’re just too space consuming. Thank you again for the inspiration!

  6. ciara. b says:

    I love your vanity once I saw it I went to go buy the same, but in black…the only problem I found was that I can’t find any containers that fit in the vanity. Were did you find the 11,12,15 containers. Thanks

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