Keep makeup brushes used on different areas of your face (eyes, cheeks, lips) in separate slots—just as you would knives and forks—with this clear Rubbermaid cutlery tray. The seven long and slim compartments are also good for storing eyeliners and lip pencils. Plus, dishwasher-safe plastic makes removing any leftover makeup residue a cinch.
To keep brushes closer at hand and on display, Fowler recommends sticking them, bristles up, in this spinning caddy from Pampered Chef ($18.50). Or try filling a small fishbowl with colorful gravel and wedging your brushes' handles between the pebbles.