DIY Makeup Brush Storage

Ever since I instagrammed a photo of my work station, I have gotten so many questions about my makeup brush storage. The main question…”Where did you get those?” I must admit…I have a pretty awesome answer…I made them myself and it’s VERY easy!!!

I don’t know why I didn’t post this blog sooner, considering I did get so many comments and questions about this storage method. I have to thank Ange, of Hairspray & Highheels, for wanting to include me in her “10 DIY Makeup Storage Ideas” blog post. She gave me the push I needed to give you all a little insight about this pretty cool and decorative way of storing your makeup brushes. So let’s begin!

The first and most important step…head to your local art supply store. I am a Michael’s Arts & Crafts type gal, so I’ll be including links from their online store.

The first item you need to pick up is a glass vase. Any glass vase will do, as it all depends on your taste. I have two, square, clear glass vases at 5″L x 5″ W x 4.5′ H; and another square, clear glass vase at 3.25″L x 4″W x 5.5″ H (I needed to add the 3rd glass after IMATS because I needed more room).

Second, you will need beads or any type of filler that you would like, to hold your brushes in the upright position. I don’t know the exact filler that I have for my brush holders, but I explain it as a clear, plastic bead that you would find in the floral arrangement section of your art supply store. Once again this selection depends on what you like best!

Ewwww…..unpolished nails 😛

You can even use products that may be in your pantry! Coffee beans, popcorn kernels or even rice will work! In the beginning, I used rice, and although it worked just fine, it left a layer of powder on the brush handle. This is why I moved to the beads.

My very first attempt using rice.

You can stop at this point if you would like, but I went the extra mile and wanted to have a little more fun! You can add stickers, letters or a bow to your vase to spice it up a bit. I opted for scrapbook letters and labeled my brush holders based on my eye and face brushes. The third vase, I labeled “Niki” because once again, I had to add another vase to accommodate all my brushes. This vase holds my smaller face brushes including contouring, highlighting and concealer brushes.

Lastly…you need your makeup brushes and then you are all good to go!

The final product!

As you can see, my eye makeup brush holder also holds a pair of tweezers, an eyelash curler and a few hair clips on the outside edge of the vase.

Furthermore, towards the back-end of the vase, I have placed three dual-ended brushes across the top, held in place my other eye makeup brushes.

I hope this post was helpful for those looking for a new storage method! I’ve seen people selling makeup brush holders like these on Etsy and other homemade craft sites; and although it is a pretty good idea and I commend them for their efforts to make some extra cash, all they do what I described above. Also, if you do it yourself…you’re saving yourself a few bucks!

So if you need a fun and useful way to store your brushes, definitely give this method a shot!

What my brush storage looks like put together with my acrylic holder, 
beauty blenders, and some more makeup brushes :)

Check out me and my trusty makeup brush holder
in the Sigma Beauty “We Love Our Fans” Facebook Album

How do you store your makeup brushes?
Do you use this technique?

If so, take a photo and share it with me! I would love to see what you’ve come up with :) 

* Full storage post COMING SOON :)

29 Responses to “DIY Makeup Brush Storage”

  1. This is great – I love the idea to use the beads to hold them up! I have white laquer boxes similar to your vases, but I think I like the vases better! And I have the crappiest storage for my beauty blenders (I kind of just throw them wherever – it’s awful)! I need to invest in a little vase like that!

  2. Ouuuh these look lovely! I have similar vases, thinking of personalizing them as you have. I bought pebble fillers but they are way too big to keep my brushes upright…still on the hunt for smaller ones lol! :)

    • You’ll find them! Just keep looking! Like I said…look in the floral arrangements section in an art supply store :)

  3. So glad you posted this! I have the same holders, but I couldn’t for the life of me find those beads. I just didn’t think to check the floral section -__- Right now I’m using those chunky beads you would put in with fake flowers & they stink! Thanks for the tips hun :)

  4. I need more space to even make these lil cute brush holders. I am running out of space on my vanity… wahhh~ Makeup girl problems!

  5. I need to take you up on this diy idea cuz my brushes are ALL OVER THE PLACE… mostly in those ugly tourist mugs I get as gifts from random people lol…

  6. Ive looked everywhere for the filler material you used but cannot find it :( . Really wanna do this project!! Great Job!


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