Half the point of lipstick is to try on 10 shades of coral before you go out on Friday night. Far less fun is waking up on Saturday morning to a dresser full of tubes and cotton balls. A few simple storage hacks mean you’ll have a place for every lipstick, and every lipstick in its place. We gathered a few DIY ideas from easy-to-medium levels of difficulty, which means you’re highly capable of hacking your vanity with just a little bit of (Kiehl’s) elbow grease.
(above) Using thick card stock and a bit of leatherette, you can craft your own hexagonal trays to store makeup, jewelry or other little bits that tend to clutter surfaces. Sugar & Cloth has the tutorial.
The All-Purpose Mason Jar
Whether you mount them on your wall or devote a shelf to them, we love Skinny Meg’s suggestion to devote an area of your bathroom to mason jars. Dedicate each jar to one type of item (i.e. lipstick or mascara) so your display will be just as pleasing to the eye as it is to reach for groggily every morning.
A simple magnetic stripe to your wall or inside a cabinet will free up all the dresser space currently taken up by those haphazard little tools like bobby pins, tweezers and scissors. Bonus: Magnets can be hot glued onto anything, like those ten coral lipsticks you’ve been meaning to put away forever.
Magnetized Tidiness 2.0
For makeup that doesn't have metal in it, you can glue magnets to the back and hang them on the inside of a medicine cabinet or make your own fabric-covered board from sheet metal.
If you’ve spent $60 on a candle, there’s no way we’re letting you toss the container out just because it’s burned through. Clean out the base and store it on your desk, bedside table or inside your bathroom cabinet with a few easy-to-reach essentials. Diptyque candle holders are the perfect size for makeup brushes, a month’s worth of Q-Tips…or a week’s worth of lipstick. (psttt...Glossier has tips for getting all the wax out of your candle jar.)
Roll Them Up
For large nail polish collections, keep everything in view without taking up space in your drawers by repurposing picture ledges (above are Ribba ledges from IKEA). If you'd rather DIY than buy, Zygomatics shows you how to make your own.