There's a fine line between having an impressive makeup collection and being an excessive cosmetic hoarder. And more often than not, that line is determined by how one organizes their beauty goods. I'm not saying your vanity has to look like a Sephora counter. I'm just saying that if you're the type who owns every single shade from MAC's eyeshadow collection, it's crucial you have a structured way to store it.
And I'm sure I'm not alone in this thought — there's nothing that feels quite as rewarding as having a tidy closet and a orderly makeup area, right? It almost makes you want to paint your face more when your color-coded lipsticks are all in a row and your makeup brushes are sitting pretty in a cute canister. But unless you're a Kardashian, it can be pretty hard to make extra space for your mascaras and eyeliners and blushes galore in your already crowded room, let alone keep them all in order. So, what's a makeup lover to do? Get creative!
Thanks to the DIY experts around the web, I discovered dozens of thrifty, adorable and super unique ways to display your cosmetic collection. Find some inspiration from my 14 favorite picks and get to work!
If you're lacking counter space, consider buying an inexpensive shoe organizer to hang on your bathroom door or closet. There will be more pockets for all your beauty goods than you probably even need!
Have a cute pot lying around from one of your dead succulents (RIP, little guy)? Clean it up, get some decorative rocks and boom — instant makeup brush holder!
If you're one of the #blessed ones who has some extra room to spare, consider finding an old bookcase on Craigslist and some clear storage containers to create an epic beauty closet.
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4. OLD CANDLES
Always creative and ever resourceful blogger Life Ann Style repurposed old candles by glueing them on top of one another to create a chic and clean cosmetic holder. Genius!
5. OLD DINNERWARE
There's no better excuse to show off those vintage plates and bowls you bought at the flea than by transforming it into a super precious makeup and jewelry holder? Let's be honest, it sure beats covering it with food. To learn how to exactly do this DIY, head to Designs by Studio C for the details.
It's easy to forget what products you've got when they're layered on top of each other. With a magnetic board, you can easily find what you're looking for. Plus, it makes for some pretty awesome wall art! Head over to Liz Marie's blog to get the full details on this DIY.
7. TOWEL RODS + BASKETS/PAILS
Move over, towels. There's a better use for those rods, like hanging cute pails and baskets for your brushes, nail polishes and makeup finds.
8. FOAM BOX
9. OLD PLASTIC BOTTLES
Instead of tossing those plastic bottles, keep the cute and colorful ones and transform them into cool little storage pots.
Add a vintage touch to your vanity by repurposing an old Bundt pan.
11. SUSHI MAT
All you need is an old sushi mat and some elastic to create a new organizer for all of your makeup brushes. It's also handy for travel! Head to Irina's Cute Box for more DIY instructions.
12. MASON JARS
What can't you do with mason jars? Here's another way to incorporate them into your home — by mounting them onto a piece of wood and using it to keep your things tidy in the bathroom! Find out exactly how to recreate this on The DIY Playbook.
13. TABLE + GLASS TOP
Now, Liz Marie built an entire custom table to create this to-die-for vanity, but I'm confident you could figure out a way to do the same thing with an old table and a glass top.
14. PLATTER OR TRAY
If you're the type who likes to see their makeup laid out, here's a fun and inexpensive way to do so. You can leave it as is or get creative with some scrapbook paper for a more customized look. Learn how on We Heart This.
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