Storing Makeup Brushes

Friday, March 23, 2012


I've been looking for a new way to store my brushes and this is what I have come up with.

First, this was the criteria I was basing my choices on:

* Something transparent
* Something that could stand on my dressing table
* Something with a lid

Answer, an old school cookie jar!

The reason I wanted something with a lid is because I've noticed that my brushes get pretty dusty sitting out in the open all day long. I guess it never really bothered me until I started using the Chanel Bronze Universal. It's a cream bronzer that attracts all kind of brush hairs and brush dust. Ick.

I bought this glass jar from Crate&Barrel. I'm told that you can also find it at Williams-Sonoma but I wasn't so lucky. They come in various sizes (half a gallon, one gallon, even two gallons). I bought the gallon size and it was only $13.95 (plus tax, of course).

I used stuffing pellets (like the kind you find in beanie babies) from a craft store to hold the brushes. I used to use vase fillers but I found that they scratched the brush handles over time.



How do you store your brushes? xx

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21 COMMENTS

  1. Super pretty way of storing them. I actually keep the ones I use on a daily basis in the bathroom where I do my makeup. They're in a makeup bag and get washed every 3rd day or more frequent. The ones I don't use are also in a makeup bag stored in the bedroom. I like this idea. A lot!!

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  2. I store mine the same way except I found the filler beads too expensive so I used the coloured glass stones you use in aquariums! They're bigger so they take up more volume and they were $0.99 a bag!

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  3. super cute!! Love the cookie jar idea .. when I have enough brushes I may steal this idea :)

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  4. An empty Bath and Body Works 3-wick candle filled with glass beads :)

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  5. @Nancy Thanks! I used to use a makeup bag to store my brushes, too.. it was super convenient because I could just bring it wherever. I still do it when I travel but I find that the bristles get a little crimped sometimes. I should really invest in a brush roll or something.

    @Jayne Filler beads are expensive! I saw them at Michael's for $10 but the bags are so small! I will have to check out those glass stones. I wouldn't mind adding some colour to this jar.

    @Kat Thanks, lovely!

    @Mihaela Thanks :).

    @Gillian That's a good idea!! I've reused so many of those jars! They're so handy!

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  7. This is a really good way to store them! It looks cute but it's soooo practical too. I'm on the look out for big jars now :) I think I might add glitter or something to the beads at the bottom to make it stand out a bit more on my dressing table :) x

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  8. I need to do this! Thank you!

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  9. This is such a great way of storing brushes. It's certainly given me an idea about mine.x

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  10. looks so good, such a lovely idea! z

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  11. what a great idea... love it!

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  12. This look so good, I need to fins something similar. x

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  13. Where did you get the beads!? I really want to do this for the brushes I dont use everyday! Love this idea <3

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  14. This is such a good idea! Practical and looks really stylish too x

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  15. I love this! Such a great idea. I'm also loving your blog :)

    Frances
    http://hellofrances.blogspot.com/

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  16. I use to keep mine in containers, but decided to use a drawer in my makeup cabinet.

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  17. I loved this idea so much that I headed over to the Dollarstore and found a large glass jar with a lid on it for $2 and some of the filler 2 packs @ $2 each and made my own! Thanks for this awesome suggestion. Now my brushes won't collect dust. :)

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  18. Brilliant! I actually just cleaned all of my brushes the other day. Will have to try storing them like this. :) great tip.

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  19. Use a jar with a lid - that's a good idea! I store mine in a glass and cover them with a disposable shower cap. They come in different colors and they look like little jelly fish floating on my shelf as I have a few of my glasses covered with those colorful shower caps.

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