How To: Store Make-Up Brushes & More

February 1, 2012

Make-up brushes, eye liners, lip liners and the similar can get totally lost in a big make-up bag, or stuck in those rollers and holsters/ holders that make it challenging to quickly remove them. So when I saw a  pic of this — which is similar to how Sephora does it — I knew this quick DIY solver was the answer to my challenge.

Here’s my new brush and eyeliner storage container:

{What you need}
- Vase or storage container, any shape (consider two square ones: one for eyes and one for face!)
- Glass beads: I found these at Michael’s in the floral department (called vase fillers). Get creative with colors, textures. Just avoid anything any ‘water beads’)
- Your makeup and brushes! I like keeping them separate, but that’s just the type-a gal in me. Have fun with it!


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  • NauticalWheeler

    That’s such a great idea!! Much better than the plastic thing I have mine in now!

    From Brooklyn with love,


  • Grace – Stripes & Sequins

    Love this – very clever!

  • Berlinda Christian

    Really great idea. I’am always hunting for mine in the bag.

    • Alyson

      Exactly… used to feel the same. This really simplifies it (ie time saver!).

  • Marissa – Makeup and Manicures

    Love it – definitely going to have to do this!

    • Alyson

      Hope you do! Looks pretty on the counter and is super useful!

  • Adventures in Dressmaking

    Ooh, great idea!! I will totally try this once we move and I have a bathroom with counter space… =)

    • Alyson

      Got to love a bathroom counter! GOod luck with your move… we just did so this past weekend. Exhausted/exciting!

  • My Dressy Ways

    Hey! I do this already. Lol. I use a holder I bought from Marshalls that has four ‘sections’ that are about 4 inches wide each. two sections are filled with the vase filler for my brushes (I keep eye and face brushes separate) and the other two have lotions, cleasers, deo, q-tips etc in them. :)

  • Kimberlee

    Lovely! I use a toothbrush holder for mine :)

    P.S. Don’t break any brooches! haha

  • Lia

    So fabulous! I have a tiny jar I use for my pencils and a small vintage glass for my brushes. But I like this better :) Totally doing it, thanks for the inspiration!

  • G.

    That looks so organized! Great

  • Penny Pincher Fashion

    I really wish I had more counter space in our bathroom & could do this…love the idea!

  • Ally

    I love this! It makes me want to go home and organize immediately :) I have all of my brushes/eyeliners/mascaras in a pencil cup but things still hide… I always like to play with these beads at Sephora!!

    xoxo, Ally

  • Bonnie

    I so need to get on the organization train when it comes to makeup brushes. I usually just throw all the crap into my train case. Not a good method.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

    • Alyson

      Ha, luckily for you this is like a 2 second DIY! And, I felt so fancy and accomplished. :)

  • Ro

    What a great idea. I store in a glass but this is so much more practical and can be left on the counter

    • Alyson

      Exactly… and they don’t move around in the filler, which is really nice!

  • Fashion By Alicia

    Great way to store your brushes! I need to be better with mine and this is a great idea! Love it.

  • Miranda

    Ohhh, I am diggin this ;)


  • Sandy a la Mode

    i love the storage!!! i don’t have nearly enough brushes to warrant a storage like that… so mine just all go in a drawer!

  • Leeann @ Join the Gossip

    Super cute! I love how this looks. And is that a Stila liner I see? I have that one too ;)

  • megan, the frugalista diaries

    great idea!

  • Just Another Shopaholic

    Amazing idea!!

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  • Anne Walsh

    I will be among those who will do this idea, very stylish and organize.

  • Milla

    Genius – definitely giving this a try! Thanks for the idea.

    • Alyson

      My pleasure!! So thrilled this has been a good idea for so many. I’m so not the DIY girl. :)

  • Marionberry Style

    This just helped me with one of my New Years Resolutions to get my make-up tools organized! Thank you! And so simple…
    XO – Marion

  • Mia

    I love this idea! Great way to keep all those eyeliners organized. They can be so easily overlooked when in a jumbly drawer!

    • Alyson

      Thanks so much! It’s been a huge help to be able to easily find things. Appreciate you stopping by!

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  • Nicole Siegel

    I know this comment is late – but do you know where I can get a plastic container like this?  Like the oval shaped featured in this picture.  Thanks!

    • Alyson

      Never late! :) I got this at Michael’s, found in the vase section. There’s typically lots of options (I’d even consider heading to Target or Walmart, too!).

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  • Pfunkchica

    Perfect idea to keep all those brushes that you have to separate in a hurry every morning.

    • Alyson

      Thanks so much… totally helps me get ready fast, keep everything clean and see what I have!

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  • Dee dee schrom

    Great idea, I used fish aquarium rocks, looks fabulous. I also made one for pens

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  • Katniss

    HORRIBLE storage idea! I NEVER stick them up right like that anymore because it catches all sorts of Dust dirt bacteria and splatter from the sink
    use storage drawers or tubs instead way more hygienic for your skin

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