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Your beauty filing system ’bout to get next level.

There comes a time in every woman’s life when a misplaced lipstick will mean the difference between making or breaking a major life event. I’ve been late for countless special occasions and tested my husband’s patience more than once, madly rummaging for a coveted lip gloss or illuminator that’s gotten lost in the black hole of my dresser drawer just seconds before we’re due to show face at a friend’s birthday bash. I even made my own wedding guests wait while I tore my room apart searching for a go-to blotting powder (thankfully it was recovered before anyone was fatally injured).

Finally, it seems someone has heard my prayers. A group of genius minds on the interwebs have come up with some of the most mind-blowingly why-didn’t-I-think-of-that solutions to this dilemma as old as time itself, so we needn’t fret about standing up a date due to an MIA bronzer ever again. Enter: makeup organisation porn, aka, the future of your bathroom vanity…

1. Attach a magnetic strip to the inside of your bathroom cabinet to prevent small items like tweezers and bobbi pins from going astray.

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2. No makeup brush case? No worries. Recycle a sushi mat or old bamboo placemat by simply threading a piece of ribbon through the centre to hold each brush in place, roll up and pop in the drawer.

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3. Got an oversized makeup stash? Re-purpose a wardrobe shoe storage hanger to categorise various beauty items into and store on the back of your bedroom door.

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4. For a cheap-as-chips solution to finding your fave compact in a snap, line the inside of your drawers with containers from a bargain store, which are perfect for itemising all your makeup into.

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5. Keep items you use on a daily basis at hand by arranging on a cake stand, lazy susan or muffin tower.

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6. Organise your makeup brushes into categories using some old vases, a handful of marbles and some cute sticker labels from the dollar store.

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7. Use a cutlery tray to keep everything in order inside your drawers.

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8. An old bundt cake tin is the perfect solution for countertop storage of both your brushes and your makeup.

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9. For a really spectacular way to keep your cosmetic collection  in check, re-purpose an old frame by attaching a metal board to the back, then hot-glue small magnets to the backs of your makeup products and store on the wall.

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10. Definitely one of the most genius, why-didn’t-we-think-of-that ideas around, to organise your eyeshadow palettes in a snap without spending a cent, simply cut off the bottom of a paper shopping bag, and voila!

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11. To save valuable counter space, store a large perfume collection in a recycled spice rack.

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12. If you’re a crafty type, clean out and decorate old baked bean tin cans with spray paint, using masking tape to stencil on a cute metallic boarder.

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13. A sunglasses case also makes the perfect storage vessel for makeup tools you want to take travelling with you.

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14. To store smaller makeup items such as single eyeshadow pans, try an ice cube tray.

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15. Mason jars are pretty much the perfect storage solution for everything from brushes to lipgloss and mascara.

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16. Letter holders are a godsend for arranging larger makeup palettes.

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17. Even the humble dish rack – yes, dish rack – can be tastefully re-purposed into a makeup storage unit. Who’da thunk it?

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Images via lifehack.org, romorscity.com, thegloss.com, bargain-outlets.com, pinterest.com, stylemotivation.com, lifeoflibby.co.uk, funkyjunkinteriors.net, indulgy.com, makeupandbeautyblog.com, cosmopolitan.com, pitterandglink.com, amazinginteriordesign.com, hercampus.com, lineupthemakeup.blogspot and slashedbeauty.com.