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How do I organize my makeup brushes for daily use?

There are a few products that you can use to keep your most frequently used brushes organized and easily accessible. Keep in mind that you should regularly clean your makeup brushes (usually once per week) to reduce the build up of germs and bacteria. You don’t need a fancy cleaner — mild shampoo or even facial cleanser will do.

To keep your brushes organized, you can make your own makeup brush holder using a glass container and beads (or sand or stones), a toothbrush holder, or your favorite vase. You can also use a pencil holder or an acrylic organizer. Check out the photos in the gallery below to see which one would work best for you.


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2 Responses to How do I organize my makeup brushes for daily use?

  1. Deb Lee June 19, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    Hi Renee,

    Sorry for the delayed response! I actually use an open container — it’s a narrow cup without stones — to store my makeup brushes. I don’t have that many brushes, so it works well for me.


  2. Renee Reader June 14, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    I really like the idea of using a vase or glass jar with sand, stones, or beads, much like with flowers. Pretty, functional, and flexible too. I was using a tall, more narrow mug but it didn’t keep the toothbrush separated from the makeup brushes. Which solution do you use yourself?

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