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There are many things the Internet does not need more of: cat pictures, “are they, aren’t they?” Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber theories, and shitty makeup storage ideas. You know, the DIYs that instruct you to spray-paint an egg carton gold and act like it’s the best earring holder you’ve ever seen, or to fill an over-the-door shoe rack with your fragrances and makeup brushes and pretend that it’s not horribly unsightly. Yeah, we’re not going to do that.
Listen, if you want to magnetize all of your makeup to a felt-covered board on your wall, then we salute you and wish you well (in fact, we’ll even help you—here’s an excellent Instructables tutorial). But if you just want some beautifully simple and minimalist vanity inspiration, the kind that requires zero Saturday crafternoons and looks like it all came from the apartment of some incredibly chic Swedish blogger, then you’ve come to the right place.
Below, the loveliest vanities in all the lands, hand-picked for you by someone who hopes you’ll never have to paper mâché your way to happiness again.
Leather & Copper Cup Organizer DIY
Have a staple gun handy? You’ll need it for this project from A Beautiful Mess.
Kate La Vie, for the idea!
Keep it Neat
This bad boy has 30 slots.
White on White
This all-white vanity with pops of color is so pretty.
Marble All the Way
We die for this marble tray, found on Gritty Pretty.
If you’re looking for a way to incorporate more natural, earthy elements, this is a great idea from Kate La Vie.
Use Empty Containers
The Zoe Report has some great ideas of what kind of empty containers work.
Use Quirky Items
How cute is the giraffe and that holder?
Clean & Tidy
Keep it simple and keep the clutter off the table.
Use a Cake Stand
It’s the perfect thing to put your perfumes on.
DIY your own makeup brush holder with copper pipes.
The white flowers add a nice, chic touch.
Geometric organizers give your vanity a modern look.
Pick a color and stick with it.
Style Your Dresser
Using a dresser as your vanity is perfect for small spaces.
Use decorative accents; find vintage trays to repurpose.
Make it a Set
Find a container you love? Grab several.
Once you’re done with your old candles, use them as makeup holders.
Bowls on Bowls
Take the containers you would normally use in the kitchen and throw your cosmetics in them instead.
They aren’t just for Instagrammable drinks; they’re also for storing makeup brushes.