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May 30, 2017

You give your wardrobe a clean up, you clean your room, or your apartment relatively regularly but your makeup bag holds junk from 2007? Time to clean it up girl.

Dump everything out of the bag & review.

Considering I pride myself on being clean, my makeup bag was far from it.

My BeautyBlender was brownish, from the foundation I’ve been using. I have a lip and cheek tint by Face Atelier that was dried up, the Clinique Chubby Stick and the 3Lab Super Eye Treatment tube didn’t need to be carried around because I never used it anyway. The Benefit POREfessional tube should’ve just been left at home, because again, I never use it after I leave home.

Throw out and clean up.

Start by throwing out things that are expired, products that have dried up, or things that you don’t use anymore. As a guide, here’s how long products should last before you throw them out. (This will, of course, depend on how clean you and your makeup brushes are when you use your products, how often you use them, how you store your products.)

  • Powders: 2 years
  • Foundation: 6 - 12 months
  • Creams (cheek creams, eyeshadow creams): 12 - 18 months
  • Lipstick/ lip gloss: 18 months
  • Mascara: 3 - 6 months
  • Lip and eye pencils: 12 - 18 months
  • Concealer: 12 - 18 months

Admittedly, I do have many items that I’ve kept much longer, like eyeshadows, but I clean them often and store them in a dry box, similar to that of a photographer’s. This ensures my products have a longer life and don’t get nasty. Because my eyes are particularly sensitive, I throw out my eyeliners, eye pencils and mascara more often than recommended, so I don’t get eye infections.

Pick what you will use.

We tend to hoard things in our bags. I have found things like forks, hairbrushes, and scrunchies in my friends’ bags and let’s face it, I’m not going to be wearing a scrunchie outside the comforts of my bedroom (maybe you would--I don’t know).

Streamlining your makeup bag is just that--adjusting what you need according to your lifestyle. I would need a makeup touchup only if I’m heading to a work-related event, or if I’m meeting friends after the gym, which I go to at least four days a week.

 


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