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3 Cheap ways to organize your makeup

Erica Mayyasi is a Red Sox fan in Manhattan. After stints at various magazines she now works full-time in public relations, though she continues to write for a number of sites including her blog etsymay.blogspot.com.

Cheap makeup storage

It's hard to not spontaneously drool imagining the what-could-be's when you see a huge, gorgeous makeup train case. But with those bad boys typically running upwards of $100 a pop and the economy grinding in the gutter, it's high time to look into more economic ways to organize your makeup.

Anything marketed as makeup storage, whether it's a train case, soft case, bin or cup, is almost always severely marked up in price. The trick is to find comparable products that aren't targeted to the beauty sector. Here are some recession-worthy ideas.

 

 

Fabric bins

Furniture giant Ikea's set of six fabric boxes is only $9.99. The set includes boxes of different sizes, so you can nest them within each other to create the setup you desire. These are an extra convenient option as they're machine washable and can be folded flat when not in use.

 

 

 

Kitchen and candles

Tumblers are a great size for storing either brushes or products. And depending on the style, it doesn't necessarily look like it's only for cocktails. For miniature brushes or products try votive holders for storage. This chic mosaic votive holder from Yankee Candle is on sale for $2.50.

 

 

 

Art supplies

Albeit slightly less glam, artist supply cases are often very similar in size and layout and are priced much less. This expandable tool bag from Mister Art is only $21.59 and has multiple holders for brushes and compartments for products to keep you super organized. And why shell out more than you have to on a makeup case when you can get a comparable and durable black utility case from Mister Art for $8.89.

 

 

 

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