The crazy-organised (but also genius) way to keep track of your lipsticks
This trick will make sure you regularly use every lipstick you own
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / June 06 2018
Hands up whose lipsticks all live in a drawer, rolling around in complete chaos? Chances are you just reach for the same lippie again and again because you can’t remember what you have lurking in there.
If this is you, this categorising method is for you.
Now it might seem a little extreme (we’ll admit, it kinda is), but it will revolutionise your lipstick wardrobe. The next time you’re looking for the perfect shade to match your outfit or mood, you’ll be able to find the lippie for the job in no time at all.
Thanks to some super-savvy and crazy-organised Redditors, our eyes have been opened to the world of lipstick archives. The way it works is you get a notebook, you swatch all your lipsticks on the blank pages, you write down the name of the colour and you keep this handy book beside your makeup table at ALL TIMES.
It’s pure genius.
A few things we will point out about this approach is that it’s worth remembering that how a colour looks on your lips will differ to how it looks on paper so this method isn’t about 100 per cent accuracy, but rather reminding you exactly what you own, and where there might be gaps in your collection (it will also highlight if you clearly favour - and own way too many - of the one colour type).
However, our top tip if you want to make your lipstick archives as true-to-colour as possible, is to photograph each lipstick on your lips then print off the pics and paste them into your book. Yes, it’s time consuming but the accurate results will be well worth it.
Also, remember that over time the colours may alter as the pages become exposed to light and moisture. Again, if you take photos you could always reprint them as needed.
Now, the fun part! How you choose to categorise and present your lipstick shades is completely up to you. Get creative and release your inner beauty nerd! To help you get started, here are a couple of examples we found on Reddit and Instagram, which will help inspire your own lipstick-organising method.
Categorise by colour
Chances are when you’re looking for a lipstick, you have a general colour in mind. This categorised method by Redditor forebary groups similar shades so you can speed up the process and quickly pinpoint the exact lipstick you want to wear that day. She's separated her lipsticks into six groups: reds, corals/oranges, pinks, nudes, purples/blacks and browns.
Group by brand
Redditor losvestidosrojos printed out lip outlines and literally coloured them in with each lipstick in her personal collection. Her approach was to group lipsticks from the same brand - this is a great option if you own A LOT of lip colours in the same brand/formula.
Bullet journal style
Talk about pretty! If you’re a bullet journaling fan, this example by Instagrammer @shensaddiction is absolute goals. She even jotted down her initials thoughts about each lipstick, which will come in handy each time she reaches for a shade.
Redditor waffle555 is on to something. Rather than swatching directly onto the page she used paper squares and applied tape onto both sides of her swatches so she could easily take them out and put them up to her lips to see if the shade worked with her makeup look.
Another genius version a Redditor suggested was to punch a hole into a piece of swatched paper and store them in a ring binder. Easy to flip through, easy to hold up to your lips, and easy to update and re-sort as your lipstick collection evolves over time.
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How many lipsticks do you currently own?! Would you go to the effort of sorting your lipstick collection like this?
Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.