24 Awesome Ways Real People Store Their Makeup, in Photos

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We love a good inspo photo. Whether it’s of an immaculately designed makeup vanity or an impossibly cute DIY lipstick holder, we’re all about a professionally staged photo, and we will gladly screenshot it to study for weeks to come. But the thing about staring at “perfect” photos all day is eventually, on some level, you can start to feel a bit inadequate in your own life, digging through your junky makeup bag on top of your makeshift bathroom vanity and feeling, well, blegh.

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So we’re going to do this a little differently: Rather than just show you another roundup of Pinterest- and Instagram-worthy makeup vanities that were likely created by a team of interior designers, we sourced our inspiration from the most real of real places: Reddit. Below are 24 photos of how normal human beings organize their makeup, without any of the over-exposed, white-washed (albeit pretty) nonsense you normally see.

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Yes, some of the pictures are kind of grainy, and nope, not everything here is catalogue-worthy, but they’re all real and practical ideas for someone who just doesn’t have time to arrange fresh white roses and a splash of gold midi-rings every single morning for aesthetic’s sake. Scroll through to check out our favorite vanities on Reddit, and then get inspired to, you know, keep doing what you’re doing.

A version of this article was originally published in November 2016.

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STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Standing Vanity
Standing Vanity
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Metal Vanity
Metal Vanity
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Cat-Themed
Cat-Themed

Photo: Reddit/Tygi

STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | So Sleek
So Sleek
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Have a Theme
Have a Theme
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Buy a Set
Buy a Set
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Organize by Type
Organize by Type
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Aim High
Aim High
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Use as Many Bins as You Need
Use as Many Bins as You Need
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Use Magnets
Use Magnets
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Keep It Simple
Keep It Simple
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Keep Lipsticks & Glosses Organized
Keep Lipsticks and Glosses Organized
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Install Your Own Lights
Install Your Own Lights
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Invest in a Desk with a Drawer
Invest in a Desk with a Drawer
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Use Wall Shelving
Use Wall Shelving
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Drawers on Drawers
Drawers on Drawers
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Don't Be Afraid to Go Dark
Don't Be Afraid to Go Dark
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Light It Up
Light It Up, Up, Up
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Use a Smaller Vanity Mirror
Use a Smaller Vanity Mirror
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Utilize Your Wall Space
Utilize Your Wall Space
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Keeping it Minimal
Keeping it Minimal

Photo: Reddit/folea

STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Tons of Drawers
All the Drawers
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Spray-Painted Vanity Mirror
Spray-Painted Vanity Mirror
STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | White Vanity
White Vanity

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  • STYLECASTER | 24 Awesome Ways Real People Store Their Makeup, in Photos
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Standing Vanity
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Metal Vanity
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Cat-Themed
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | So Sleek
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Have a Theme
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Buy a Set
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Organize by Type
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Aim High
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Use as Many Bins as You Need
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Use Magnets
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Keep It Simple
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Keep Lipsticks & Glosses Organized
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Install Your Own Lights
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Invest in a Desk with a Drawer
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Use Wall Shelving
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Drawers on Drawers
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Don't Be Afraid to Go Dark
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Light It Up
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Use a Smaller Vanity Mirror
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Utilize Your Wall Space
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Keeping it Minimal
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Tons of Drawers
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | Spray-Painted Vanity Mirror
  • STYLECASTER | How to Store Makeup | White Vanity

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