Look! Vintage Toolboxes to Organize Makeup

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We've never had enough sink real-estate in the bathroom to store makeup. While we look wistfully in magazines at spacious double sinks with room for extra towels and lotions, the reality is that we keep makeup on a shelf across the room and then carry it over to the mirror to use. But after getting tired of rummaging through containers every morning, we found an idea that's portable, and keeps everything in its place...

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The soft zippered cases we used to use are fine, but you need to take everything out, and they're hard to rummage through for that particular eyeliner. Plus, they're nothing to look at. So we settled on toolboxes which can hold a lot and can be stowed anywhere. We're certainly not the first to borrow these from carpenters — most makeup artists use special toolboxes with compartments that swivel out and lots of storage in the bottom. We don't need anything that fancy, but we like that toolboxes have a handle and can be tall enough so that small bottles stay upright and like-items can be kept together.

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We like using vintage toolboxes and caddies, they're relatively easy to find at flea markets and tag sales, even ebay. But brand shiny new metal boxes look great (we love the striped one here!). And then you can buy just the right size/color for your bathroom. Fishing tackle boxes like the galvanized one above work as well- some even have compartments you could use for lipstick or makeup remover pads. AT ladies, how do you keep makeup organized?

>>>Some previous ApartmentTherapy posts with links to Toolboxes are here and here.

(Images: Jeanine Brennan)

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