Nouveau Cheap has posted an article about using chopstick rests as inexpensive and anti-germ makeup brush holders. Nouveau Cheap specializes in tips and news on affordable cosmetics. Here's a brief excerpt from their post. See their article for a full reading.
You've heard of spoon rests, right? Well why not have a
brush rest for brushes that you're currently using but don't want to place directly on your vanity, bathroom sink, etc.?
OK, that's not what it
is, but that's how I
use it! This is actually a chopstick rest. If you're not familiar with
chopstick rests, they come in millions of varieties and you can get them
at your local Asian market or even places like Pier 1 (which sells
very traditional ones) and Cost Plus (here are their fish ones
which you can get in a 4-pk for under $5). Asian markets tend to have
the best prices and wonderful selections--I got this pink one for a
are so many different designs out there, but I find the best ones are
long and narrow, because you can rest multiple brushes on them at one
time (foundation brush, a few eyeshadow brushes, eyeliner brush, etc.).
But if we're going purely on looks, I do love my
"origami" crane rest
because it looks ridiculously cute on my vanity (although I can really
only rest one or two bushes on it at at time). If you favor cuteness
over function, there are chopstick rests shaped like
kitty cats and piggies
and everything in between out there. What's awesome about these is that
they're so tiny--they will take up about zero space on your crowded
vanity (how do I know your vanity is crowded? Duh! Don't even try to lie