How to Clean Out Your Makeup Bag
How many times have you reached for your mascara, only to find it's coated in pink shimmery eyeshadow? Pink shimmery eyeshadow that you wore once--in 2007. Though spring cleaning is months away, it's never too soon to give your makeup bag a makeover. We're talking about items that are old, spilling and broken, or no longer relevant to your routine. Here's a few steps to make the overhaul easier.
1. Gather all your cosmetics into one pile. That's right. Anything you use to primp yourself--be it the volumizer spray stuffed in your shelf or the motley of items inhabiting the bottom of your purse. Decide what you regularly use and what's expired. Do you ever wear that drugstore lip plumper? That hair spray is from 5 years ago, so is it still good? If you're confused about how long items last, consult our list below:
- Mascara: 3-6 months
- Powder-based products (eyeshadow, blush): 2-3 years or until it cakes when applied
- Foundation: Up to 1 year
- Lipstick: 1-2 years or until it gets too dry
- Eyeliner or lipliner: Up to 3 years
- Hair products and body lotions: Check for expiration dates, but use your own discretion
2. Divide the items into what you use for the weekends, weekdays, or will never wear again. Reserve the weekday items for your makeup bag. Place the weekend items in a spot with more space. So unless you wear purple eyeshadow or sparkly bronzer to work every day, keep it in a cabinet along with the other 'evening out' makeup. As for the expired or never-again items, trash them. But for future use, consider only buying products you'll get good use out of--it's a way to keep your beauty simple and go green this year.
3. Once you've figured out what constitutes your makeup bag-worthy items, clean them up. Use a disinfecting wipe or towel soaked in water and a little alcohol to rid them of all that spilled makeup. Brushes and other beauty tools should be washed every two weeks, using a cleanser or warm water mixed with a pinch of shampoo.
Did we miss any tips? Let us know what you use to keep your makeup bag (and routine) up-to-date.
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