DIY Makeup Brush Holder

Brush Holder Collage

While out grocery shopping recently I randomly saw these little containers in the “other cultures” section.


Upon closer inspection I realized they were actually pretty freaking adorable glass jars. So I decided to grab a few and see how they would work as a makeup brush holder.



They were legitimately a pain in the arse to clean but hey… nothing worth doing doesn’t usually suck at first. So here’s the details on how I did it!


Those are the tools I used to complete this task.


First you have to get the thing open with out making a HUGE mess. I ended up using the can opener thingy from one of my husbands utility knives and carefully popped the top. The lid is seriously stuck on the little jars so be careful when opening it.


Once opened prepare for the creepy mixture. And the smell isn’t so great either. On the very top is some gel type mixture.


Once you get rid of that, you will be stuck with a hard mixture of “goop”. That’s seriously the best and only word I can use to describe it.


This stuff is pretty solid so I would use a huge knife (see one pictured above) to get the gunk out. It took me a while to do the first one but once I figured out the best way (jam the knife into the mixture and try to push it all the way down to the base of the glass so some air can get in there) it was pretty easily done after that.


Bamn! Empty and cleanable container!


Now the labels on these containers suck and I do NOT suggest trying to peel them off. Instead soak those suckers for about an hour in warm water. The labels will peel off and you will be able to scratch off the residue left with your finger nails or a spoon.


Wa la! Cute brush holders!


NOTE: There are two different designs available apparently. I just happened to pick up two of each.

So there you have it! Cute and cheap-ish makeup brush holders.

Depotting Eyeshadows/Blushes!

So, as you may or may not know, I was a pro-makeup artist. I had to retire due to some nasty back issues. Anyway, I was going through one of my old photo files and found this tutorial on how to depot eyeshadows/blushes.

This is what the results where:

nars blushes

Here’s the how to!

What you will need:

  • Eyeshadow/Blush
  • Palette to put the depotted eyeshadow/blush in (I used the Yaby empty magnetic palette.)
  • Something to warm the glue (I used a coffee mug warmer picked up from Walgreen’s.)
  • A knife (to remove the eyeshadow/blush from it’s case) and/or Exacto knife
  • Plain paper to stick on the bottom of the removed eyeshadow/blush

Step 1:


Warm eyeshadow for about 1 minute. Try not to keep the eyeshadow on there too long! Especially for cream shadows as they will start to melt.

Step 2:


Carefully insert the knife between the case and the eyeshadow pan. ¬†It should come up easily, but if it doesn’t don’t try to force it as you will break the shadow/blush. If it’s not coming up easily put it back on the warmer for a moment longer. Then try again.


Loose Eyeshadow!

Step 3 – Do this step while the glue is still tacky from the mug heater.


I use the little plastic guard that comes with the eyeshadows to place on the back over the glue.



Or you can also place the freed eyeshadow/blush on a blank piece of paper so you can cut out a back for it.

Step 4


Warm the empty case to loosen up the sticker on the back.

Step 5


Peel it carefully from the empty case.

Step 6



Then place it on the freed eyeshadow and Wa La! Your eyeshadow is free and ready to be put in the palette of your choice!

Please let me know if you guys have any other fun tips or tricks! And don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter!