Spotlyte: Tips For Cleaning Your Beauty Stash

Spotlyte: Tips For Cleaning Your Beauty Stash

Few people have more makeup, hairstyling accessories, and skin-perfecting items than beauty gurus themselves, especially influencers and editors. After all, it’s part of the job. These tastemakers are often tasked with the challenging task of receiving and testing dozens of products on a weekly basis in order to recommend them to followers and readers. Though it sounds thrilling (and even enviable) at first, the quantity of new companies and trendy shades continuously developing, debuting, and evolving can quickly become overwhelming.

Based on the sheer number of products received regularly, clutter can easily take over these experts’ bathrooms, bedrooms, and/or entire living spaces if they’re not careful. Thus, many of them know a thing or two about organizing their products. In the name of cataloguing your own collection, we consulted five influencers and editors for tips. Here’s how they find space for their stuff — and how they stay sane when overcrowding is upon them!

The influencer: Andrew Fitzsimons, Celebrity Hairstylist and NatureLab TokyoTM Brand Ambassador

The size of his beauty product collection: “I am super minimal, so I actually don't have a huge collection of products. As a celebrity hair stylist, I'm fortunate that brands send products almost daily, but if it's not something I will use, I donate it to my charity, the Trans Cosmetic Donation [Drive]TM, so the products are able to go to good use.”

How he stores his products: “I just moved into a new house in the Hills in Los Angeles. My bathroom is super open, airy, and doesn't have a ton of storage, so it's all about curating products that I really love — since everything is on display. I keep a very small collection of items in my shower and on a shelf over my sink, and that's really it!”

Favorite storage investment: “When I need to hide products away, I have very minimal baskets from The Container Store® ($13 - $25) that are simple, cute, and efficient.”

His top organization tips:


  • Streamline. “There's not really a point in hoarding beauty products, because they expire and can grow bacteria — so make sure you're keeping only the items you'll actually use and appreciate.”
  • Incorporate design into your storage. “Don't just throw all your extra products in a drawer or a bag that lives in the bottom of your closet. Invest in easy-to-access, thoughtful storage items that match the overall aesthetic of your home.”
  • Display your products! “A lot of products come in really gorgeous packaging, so if you take care of them, you can keep a curated assortment out on display. It'll look great, plus you'll have easy access to them when you need them.”
  • Edit often. “Reevaluate your products and what you're actually using on a regular basis, and consider donating products that you haven't yet opened to a worthwhile charity.”

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