Upcycling — turning discarded products into something new, often with a new function — is similar to recycling, but with more immediate results. Unlike recycling, which degrades a product to reuse it, upcycling has a faster turnaround. And while upcycling and beauty may seem like a counterintuitive pair, the following upcycling ideas will give you creative ways to reuse products to create storage for your beauty tools.
Hair Brush Storage: Brushes and hair tools are larger and, therefore, harder to store, but you can create an efficient tray-style display by reusing an old picture frame. First, find a picture frame with a border you like that would fit on your bathroom counter or dresser top. Simply fill the frame with a piece of paper, gift wrap, or a printed-out design that you like. Place it flat on your counter or dresser top and — voilà! — you have a glass display and makeshift brush tray to lay out all your hair brushes and hair products on. Note that the larger your frame, the more products it can hold, including hair ties, perfume, and nail polish.
Makeup Brush Storage: Got store-bought pasta sauce? Then you’ve certainly got empty glass containers that the sauce was stored in. Repurpose the sauce containers by decorating the sauce jars and using them to store makeup brushes. You can dip the jar in glue and cover the entire thing with glitter, spray paint the jar your favorite color, or even wrap linen around the jar.
Makeup Storage: If you need one big container to store all your makeup in, then consider a shoe box. Not only is it easy to obtain, you also won’t risk ruining an expensive case if your makeup stains the inside of the box. You can decorate the exterior of the shoe box any way you see fit and organize the interior by upcycling empty cans (that have been cleaned and have had the edges safely cut) to separate eye makeup, lip products, and more.
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