4+ Dollar Store Beauty Hacks I Swear By

I don't consider myself a beauty fanatic, but I still enjoy getting dressed up and doing my makeup from time to time. And even though I don't put on a full face of makeup every day, I always appreciate a good beauty-related hack when I see it. So, I decided to put some popular tips and tricks to the test, and I'm happy to report that I was impressed with all of the results!

DIY Makeup Mirror

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Having a mirror that is lightweight and portable is essential for everyday things like makeup application, skincare, and brow grooming. Luckily, the average dollar store always has a selection of small vanity mirrors in stock that fit that criteria. However, the one thing these inexpensive mirrors are missing is decent lighting.

Illumination is key when doing anything related to your face and hair, so what are you supposed to do if you're stuck working in a space with lackluster lighting?

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Well, rather than drop a bunch of my hard earned money on an expensive mirror lined with lights, I decided to improvise.

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Along with a stockpile of mirrors, dollar stores also sell a variety of lights that are equipped with adhesive strips. These lights are battery-operated and can be placed anywhere with a flat surface.

So I hit up the closest dollar store and found one that was not only the perfect size, but also gave off the bright, white light I was looking for.

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When I got home, I pulled my vanity mirror out of the cupboard in our bathroom, peeled off the adhesive strip covers on the back of the light, and stuck it to the top.

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I know it isn't the prettiest mirror ever, but I'm not too worried about that.

Tip: Before sticking the light in place, I turned it on and held it against each side of the mirror, as well as the top and bottom, just to make sure I chose the most effective spot.

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Voilà! With this one, simple addition, there is now more than enough light to go around whenever I'm using this mirror to get up close and personal with my face.

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And if I recall correctly, the light cost no more than $2.00, so it was kind of a no-brainer. Even if this hack hadn't worked out, it's not as if it was a budget-buster!

Pretty cool, right? Well, what are you waiting for?! Give this hack a try and see what you think.

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DIY Makeup Brush Storage

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I received a Sephora gift card for my birthday a few months ago, and after popping in and out of the store a few times, I finally decided to use it to purchase a brand new set of makeup brushes.

Because I'd never spent that kind of money on brushes before, I knew I couldn't just shove them in my makeup bag — that would just be cruel! So I decided the best thing to do would be to turn to Pinterest for some cost-effective storage inspiration.

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Rather than confining my pretty brushes to the depths of a not-so-exciting makeup case, I whipped up a simple storage solution strictly using materials from the dollar store.

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All you'll need to make one of your own is a clear, medium-sized fish bowl and some glass beads in the color of your choosing. I picked up a few bags of clear beads because I tend to gravitate towards neutral colors, and I knew they would allow my colorful brushes to pop!

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Now, because you're working with a glass bowl and bags of glass beads, you're going to want to be extra careful when combining the two together. There's nothing fun about broken glass!

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Using one of your hands, grab some of the glass beads, and gently place them on the bottom of the fishbowl. Keep adding beads until the bowl is almost completely full.

Next, stick all of your brushes into the beads, making sure they're deep enough that they aren't toppling over.

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That's it! Your Pinterest-inspired dollar store makeup storage solution is complete.

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Tip: For those of you who are worried about the glass beads damaging the finish on your makeup brush handles, you can always swap them out for colorful, soft craft sand.

Again, you'll just want enough to fill the bowl a little more than three quarters of the way. And try to find sand that complements the color palette of the room your brushes are going to be stored in.

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DIY Nail Care Tote

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This ended up being my favorite hack because it solved one of my biggest beauty blunders while also maintaining the modern farmhouse look I love so much.

What beauty blunder am I referring to, you ask? Nail polish storage! Honestly, I don't think I've ever been able to come up with a good way of storing all of the nail polish I own, or the tools that come along with using it — emery boards, polish remover, and cotton balls, to name a few.

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So, during one of my many visits to the dollar store near my house, I decided to keep my eye out for the perfect solution for this problem of mine.

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I ended up coming across a black wire basket, as well as a pack of cork tiles, and I knew that was all I was going to need in order to get the ball rolling.

When I got my materials home, the first thing I decided to do was remove the fabric liner from the basket. Obviously, if you want to keep the liner, that's totally fine.

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I just find that fabric liners tend to attract gunk and grime, and I wanted to minimize that problem as much as possible.

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Next, I lined up two sides of the basket with one of the cork tile corners, and lightly traced the remaining sides onto it with a pen.

With a pair of sharp scissors, I cut the cork down to the appropriate size.

Tip: If I were to do this again, I'd use a sharp crafting knife to cut the cork. Scissors create jagged edges and make quite the mess!

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Once I was happy with how the cork fit, I filled the basket with all of my nail care-related products.

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And moving them into their new storage bin forced me to purge a lot of my old polishes — something that should have been done a looong time ago, lol.

Now, whenever I want to give myself a fresh mani+pedi, I can easily pull my DIYed, farmhouse-inspired basket out of the cupboard, rather than wasting time digging through my old, cluttered tote.

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DIY Hair Tool Storage

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We recently renovated the main bathroom in our house, and while the vanity we installed has two awesome sinks and looks beautiful, the three drawers that run down the middle of the unit are quite narrow.

This means that storing larger, bulkier items, like my blow dryer and hair straightener, can be a little bit cramped. And by a little, I mean a lot, lol.

However, I realized that the cupboards underneath each sink offered plenty of storage space for things like that!

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But instead of using up the floor-based storage under my side of the vanity, I decided to put the backside of each door, as well as one of the interior walls to good use.

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I found a pack of adhesive hooks at Dollarama, and decided to use them to bring my simple storage solution to life.

Tip: If it's possible, use Command branded hooks instead of dollar store ones. I know they're a bit more expensive, but most dollar stores carry them now, and they can hold a lot more weight.

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Following the instructions on the product packaging, I stuck the hooks on the areas I wanted to hang my hair tools from.

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I allowed the adhesive to cure for a full 24 hours, and then put them to work!

Not only did this change clear up space in the drawer I'd been storing those items in, it also made accessing each of them much easier, and less time consuming. No more pulling everything out of the drawer just to get to the one tool I want to use!

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And because these things kept the floor space inside the cupboard free and clear, I can use it to store items that can't hang from a hook, like cleaning products, hairspray, and extra rolls of toilet paper.

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Tip: If your vanity doesn't have the type of cupboard space mine does, you can also use Command hooks to hang a wire basket off the side of it. That basket can then be used to store the same bulky items these hooks are holding.

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DIY BeautyBlender Storage

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BeautyBlenders are great, and I truly believe using one has greatly improved the way my foundation looks on my face. However, like any type of makeup applicator, these things have the lovely ability of becoming grungy super quickly!

And by that, I don't mean they end up covered in foundation, or whatever product you use it for. I mean that once you toss them in your makeup bag, they slowly attract other products that are also being stored in it.

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So what's the best way to ensure your blenders stay free and clear of all the other items in your makeup bag?

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Storing them in plastic Easter eggs, of course! Isn't it obvious, lol?

OK, in all seriousness, I was today years old when I found out that plastic eggs were the perfect shape and size for BeautyBlender storage.

Simply get your hands on a couple of plastic eggs, make sure they have a few ventilation holes in them, and pop in your prized makeup applicators.

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The shape of these containers is perfect, and, chances are, you either already have some stored away in your home, or you can easily find them at your local dollar store.

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I never thought I'd be storing Easter eggs in my makeup case, but here we are!

And because I'm a stickler for details, I even made sure to use eggs that complement my colorful applicators, lol. Obviously this doesn't make the hack work better but anyone who appreciates coordination will get where I'm coming from.

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I think what I like most about this hack is that it's perfect for everyday use, as well as for travel.

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And because of their size and color, the eggs also make it a lot easier to find the BeautyBlender in your makeup case.

These applicators are an integral part of any makeup routine, so the last place they deserve to be is at the bottom of a crowded bag, right?

Is this the best way to store a BeautyBlender? How do you ensure your applicators don't end up with blush or eyeliner remnants all over them?

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DIY Bathroom Storage

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OK, I'm going to be totally upfront and honest with you about this hack — I didn't get the items I used for it from the dollar store. I actually used empty jars from Bath & Bodyworks candles that I had cleaned out and put in a closet for a rainy day.

I don't know about you, but the one thing I love more than dollar store projects are upcycles, so I'm going to give myself a little pat on the back for this one.

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If you want to work with leftover candle jars like I did, all you have to do is toss them in a freezer for a few hours.

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When you take the jars out, the wax sitting on the bottom of them should be nice and cold, which means it'll be easy to break apart.

Using a butter knife, carefully create small cracks in the wax. Once you've made a few of them, the pieces should pop out of the jar fairly easily.

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If the wick bases are giving you a hard time, allow the jar to cool, and then fill it with hot water. This should loosen up the adhesive and make removing the metal bases much easier.

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The hot water can also come in handy if your jars happen to have labels on them. For mine, I simply allowed them to soak in warm, soapy water for a few minutes, which loosened the paper and its adhesive.

If you want, you can also use a bit of Windex or Pine-Sol to make the jars look extra shiny and new.

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When you're happy with how the containers look, fill them with the bathroom products you tend to use most.

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The jars I used actually wound up fitting perfectly inside the top drawer of our vanity, so that's where they'll stay, keeping everything neat and tidy.

And even if you don't have leftover Bath & Bodyworks candles, you can always pop over to the closest dollar store and grab containers that are very similar.

You can't go wrong with a hack that's this flexible!

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