If you’re one of those girls who knows what a makeup swatch is, gets excited when a new foundation is released, has tried a million red lipstick variations and can’t pick just one palette, you know you’re a true makeup junkie. Bare faced or a cat-eyed vamp with plush, brick red lips, makeup makes us feel (and look) good. Given the time, energy and money you’ve invested into your tools and products, it’s important to also look after them. You’d be surprised how much of a difference storing your beauty bits makes in the long run, so here are 25 nifty ways to assemble your beauty drawer and the vanity desk to have your room polished to perfection! No more fretting every morning looking for that favourite lipstick or the new contour kit you just bought.
#1 Drawn to You Like a Magnet
A homemade magnetic board is easier to DIY than you may think. All you’ll need is a glue gun, some material, mini magnets and some sheet metal. Hot glue the material to the back of the sheet and frame it. Next, glue the magnets to your most used products and attach them to the board. Ta-dah! (via Laura Thoughts)
#2 Sushi Roll
Get a thick elastic band and weave it between the first few sticks in a sushi mat. Sew it in place so it stays tied to the mat, then weave it in and out of the sticks to create brush holding bands of varying sizes (skip more sticks for larger holes). Wrap it around to secure at the end and there you have it; a makeshift brush holder which looks pretty cool too! (via Creme de la Craft)
#3 Tiered of Messing About
The tiered, open container makes this very practical as everything is visible and easily accessible. Separate skincare, haircare & makeup and keep them on different tiers for quicker use. It also happens to look very elegant on a vanity table!
#4 Candle Cutie
Find it hard to part with beautiful candle holders once they are finished? The expensive packaging can be repurposed, so why waste it? Clean out any remaining candle wax and fill with brushes or other elongated, narrow and relatively small items like lipstick, mascara or eyeliners.
#5 Cakemania Creations
Similar to using the tiered stand, using a flat cake stand not only looks very aesthetically pleasing but keeps everything in eyesight. When it’s easy to spot, you are far more likely to use it and also to know when you have to start doing a clear out.
#6 Spice It Up
By simply painting your spice rack, you can make it look as though it was built purposely to hold your beauty bits. Keeping it a neutral colour is best as it will match your colour scheme without being garish.
#7 Mugged Off
This applies particularly if you have a gorgeous mug like this one from Anthropologie. A makeshift brush holder with no work whatsoever!
#8 Vase Inventions
They may look relatively basic, but basic is often what you want when it comes to everyday storage. Fill the vases with beads or even coffee beans to keep the brushes propped up… plus let’s be honest, it does make it look pretty innovative – and in the case of using coffee it smells great too.
#9 Basket Case
If you want your makeup and tools out of sight, safe but easily reachable and neat, some basic dividing baskets in your drawers will do the trick. Allocate one basket for eyes, one for lips and one for base.
#10 Divide and Conquer
We bet at some stage you were gifted a hanging shoe organiser from your mam or granny! Personally I find them a bit cumbersome once fitted with shoes. They actually work much better for holding your hair heat tools and makeup palettes in particular, as well as lipgloss, mascara, eyeshadows and really any stick or tube makeup product!
#11 Plastic Fantastic
If you’re an unapologetic makeup hoarder, then consider investing in a clear chest of makeup drawers to keep on your counter. This will bulk storage but keep things visible enough it doesn’t become too erratic.
#12 Hipster Me Up
Nowadays, mason jars are used for a multitude of things other than their original purpose. How many times have you been in a nice little bar or foodie hotspot and been given lemonade in a mason jar? Using them to store cotton pads or ear buds is one particularly useful idea.
#13 Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Instead of chucking out tea cups and saucers you’re no longer fond of drinking from or if they’ve chipped somehow, just repurpose them as cute storage. Glue the base of the cup to the saucer to keep it sturdy and turn it into a one-piece multi-use unit.
#14 See Your Makeup Goodies Through Rose Tinted Glasses
If you are planning on travelling anytime soon, save space and keep your brushes from being frayed or dirtied by using a large sunglasses holder to store them all. Oftentimes we have old sunglasses that haven’t been worn in years. So repeat after me: repurpose, repurpose, repurpose!
#15 Waterfall Effect
To free up tablespace, move the jars onto the wall just by looping a string or wire around a jar and attach to a hook on the wall. Having them slightly diagonal to each other will also create a pretty waterfall effect.
#16 Racked Up
Having palettes stacked one on top of another is a bad method of organisation as it just means you have to trawl through them all in order to select the one you want. In the daily rush to get ready this means you will end up sticking to the top one. Use a magazine or pot holder to stack them behind one another instead. The more you see, the better!
#17 Ice, Ice, Baby
If you can part with its packaging, store your lipstick in an ice cube tray (or pill box) for space saving when going on holidays.
#18 Cookie Monster
Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Nobody, because now your cookie jar is a makeshift storage container for products like nail polish, hair care, accessories or makeup sponges. It’s the adult version of having free reign in the candy shop.
#19 Grow a Makeup Garden
Flower pots can oftentimes have beautiful designs and come at reasonable prices. For example, these white flower pots with cutout patterns are adorable. If you don’t have a green thumb, then maybe you could give them a life indoors on your vanity table instead…
#20 Pyramid of Beauty
Fix some clear cylindrical jars together on their side and glue them in place. Back them up against a flat wall for steady storage, and fill each jar with your goodies. Now they’re within reach and visible but still organised with style.
#21 You are so transparent…
This option is for those who wish to invest a bit more money and effort into creating an unbelievable, professional makeup space in their own room. Design a vanity table with a carved out space in the middle so you can store your makeup in the tabletop itself, keeping the top of it clear so you can see through to all your neatly organised items! It’s like a treasure chest with all of your favourite things.
#22 The Great Escape
It’s like when the sock monster has come along and stolen that one sock from every second pair. The same happens to hairpins, they just totally disappear and we still don’t know how. This simple magnetic band looks elegantly minimalist, but it has a very specific purpose: to keep your hair pins from falling into any cracks to never to be found again. The basic lesson this article has taught us so far? Thank goodness for magnets!
#23 Fork Handles
The other recurring lesson you’ve hopefully learned so far? If you aren’t using something in your household, either get rid of it or repurpose it. If you have an outdated cutlery drawer, the divided sections of it are perfect for storing makeup.
#24 Wino Forever
Ah the vintage L’Oréal Elnett, that was a good year…. Ahem, just kidding, but there is a common trait shared between wine and certain hair products – the size of the bottles. If you were ever gifted a wine rack, or once thought now that you’re a real grownup you should build a collection only to find it continually empty (Friday nights!), use it to store hairspray cans, dry shampoo and texturizing sprays.
#25 Master of the Mane
Ah yes, the passionate groomer’s version of a tool kit! These adhesive grips/hooks are affordable and can be bought in any DIY homestore. Having a spot for your heat styling tools is clever as not only does it make for a neat space, and quick & easy to use, but it also is safer than leaving it lying around. Anybody who has had to rush home unsure of whether they left their GHD turned on, still on the carpet or wooden floor will know what I mean. Prevent accidents and keep your space looking like a well running machine.