I recently went to Ikea to purchase some Komplement storage boxes for my bags, and was distracted by a brilliant new idea for keeping my makeup brushes. See, I previously stored my brushes in two white porcelain cups according to height. Sounds nice? Yeah, except the cups don’t really match.
So when I saw a cutlery holder going for S$3, I grabbed it. It has two compartments, and this is what it looks like:
As you can see, I transferred the forest green ribbon from my mug — I really like the ribbon — and did a little DIY divider. You may recall that just moments ago, I mentioned arranging my brushes according to height. Well, several of my brushes are pretty short handled (think: limited edition MAC brush sets), and the back of the new holder is kinda high. So I dug up a spare grey ribbon (yes, I have a bag lady keep-everything thing goin’ on) and did some funky knot tying. Alright, it’s not that funky, but here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Tie one end of thin ribbon to the edge of top ‘bar’. (Notice that the holder has a sort of horizontal bar design.)
Step 2: Fix ribbon in place with sticky tape as indicated by red rounded rectangle.
Step 3: Thread the ribbon round the back ‘column’.
Step 4: Pull the ribbon taut and tie a knot on the top ‘bar’ of the other compartment. Adjust knot to adjust tautness of ribbon.
Step 5: Fix in place with sticky tape.
It’s really easy to do, and completely removable when a better idea comes along. So after I assembled my brushes into their new home, they take up less real estate in my cupboard (as is the case when you use a compact angular holder instead of two round cups).
Of course the ribbon divider is not as good as, say, a horizontal divider that keep all the tall brushes at the back; it’s still good enough for now. Face brushes on the left, eye brushes on the right. This arrangement is better than the previous height-oriented arrangement. Oh yeah, one last thing: You may have noticed that there’s a thin white napkin-like thing sticking out of my mugs and also at the bottom of this new holder. I like to put tissue paper (or felt, if you have it, but tissue is really cheap) at the bottom of the holders so the brushes don’t make a clanging noise — especially annoying on porcelain — when they hit the base.
Just wanted to share this (cheap) alternative to regular round brush holders. Hope it helps!