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Monday, February 17, 2014

Makeup Wars: Favorite Beauty DIY - Makeup Brush Holders

Welcome to this week's Makeup Wars! This week, we are sharing our favorite beauty DIY's. Mine has less to do with makeup, and more to do with the tools used to accomplish the look. You guessed it: DIY brush holders! And not just any brush holders. I'm being particularly lazy crafty and sharing my 3 favorite ways to use tape and upcycled candle jars to make the most of your countertop organization. Let's get started! First, I'll show you how I clean my candle jars and take them...

Clean Your Container:

  1. Stick a "dead" candle in the freezer overnight so wax hardens and is easier to remove.
  2. Using a knife, pry the wax left at the bottom of the jar up and out. Any leftover can be used can be re-melted over a candle warmer so you get the most out of your fragrance. 
  3. Scrape away any large chunks of wax outside the base with the knife as well.
  4. Using hot water, rinse thin layers of residual wax and soot off the candle. I show using a saturated paper towel, but swirling hot, soapy water in the jar is the best method of residue removal. It will also help remove any adhesive leftover from the label.

The Glitz Holder:

For the glitz holder, you will need a clean jar and glittery tape - mine is from Michaels, and from the brand DCWV (found near the scrapbooking aisle). This is also a great mess-free alternative to the glitter holder tutorials out there that use Mod Podge.
  1. Wrap the tape around the bottom of the jar, cutting the strip so that the end meets the beginning and no glass is showing. 
  2. Peel the backing away as you are applying to the holder so any excess tap doesn't get stuck and need to be removed, weakening the adhesive's lasting power. 
  3. You could leave it at that, with a simple strip of glitz at the bottom. But I was born and raised (for the most part) in Texas, where you go big or go home. If you're with me, move on to step 4. 
  4. Repeat steps 1 & 2 with adjacent strips until you reach the end of your jar. 
  5. Fill-er-up with brushes!

The Simple Holder: 

For this holder, I used Washi tape (again, scrapbooking aisle of Michaels), and beads that you can find in the silk flower section. I recommend using smaller beads for a more secure fit, but I could only find the larger beads - both work!

  1. Apply the more narrow Washi tape to the top of the jar.
  2. Apply the thicker tape to the circumference of the bottom of the jar.
  3. You can leave it at that - a sleek yet minimal makeup brush holder. But, again, Texan here. I went big. 
  4. Pour deco beads into the jar to secure brushes and add pizzaz and keep brushes upright. 

The Striped Holder:

All this holder requires is Expressions by Scotch tape - purchased at Michaels... Despite the opaque appearance, it's actually relatively sheer and feels similar (and is just as delicate) as regular scotch tape. 
  1. Choose one of the given shades and apply to the base of your holder. Make sure to smooth down the tape as you apply as air bubbles have a tendency to form and are noticeable. 
  2. Apply a contrasting shade to place adjacent to the tape applied in step 1. Repeat step 1 & 2 until you reach the top of the container. 
  3. Done! 

What do you keep your makeup brushes in?