There are many things the Internet does not need more of: cat pictures, “are they, aren’t they?” Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott 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.
Recollections Gramercy Cart
Thanks for the idea, Kate La Vie!
YOSCO Ceramic Desk Pen Holder
Keep it Neat
This bad boy has 30 slots.
Foraineam 4 Pack Acrylic Compact Organizer
White on White
This all-white vanity with pops of color is so pretty.
V-HANVER Fish Shape Lipstick Organizer
Marble All the Way
We die for this marble tray, found on Gritty Pretty.
Hipiwe Acrylic Display Stand
If you’re looking for a way to incorporate more natural, earthy elements, this is a great idea from Kate La Vie.
PuTwo Makeup Brush Holder
Use Empty Containers
The Zoe Report has some great ideas of what kind of empty containers work.
Hipiwe Vintage Gold Metal Desk Organizer
Use Quirky Items
How cute is the giraffe and that holder?
Clean & Tidy
Keep it simple and keep the clutter off the table.
Mokani Creative Elephant Holder
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.
Winsome Halifax Storage
Geometric organizers give your vanity a modern look.
Pick a color and stick with it.
Chris.W Desk Drawer Organizer Tray with Adjustable Dividers
Style Your Dresser
Using a dresser as your vanity is perfect for small spaces.
Sorbus Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display
Use decorative accents; find vintage trays to repurpose.
Make it a Set
Find a container you love? Grab several.
X-cosrack Rustic Wood Storage Organizer Box
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.
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