There comes a time in every woman’s life when her makeup collection becomes a makeup pile. A lipstick or mascara falls out every time you open your medicine cabinet, shadow and blush dust cover your makeup designated drawer, and your makeup bag can no longer zip closed. These are clear signs that it is time to take a look through your makeup. Collect what’s at home, and what you’ve got in your purse, your car, and at work. Bring it all out; we’re going to review it.
Start your makeup purge with ineffective, underused, and unused products. Chances are that with all the products on the market, each vowing to make your face look younger, your lashes longer, and your lips fuller, you’ve got a lot of products that you no longer use or never even opened. You buy one thing, it doesn’t work, and then you try something else. But it’s so hard to get rid of that barely used jar of cream—it cost so much! Do yourself a favor here. Close your eyes, aim for the trash can, and let go.
Next, focus your attention on old makeup. Yes, makeup has an expiration date. And if you don’t abide by that date, it can cause skin irritations, breakouts, and even infections! Not pretty. Do yourself a favor and toss the old stuff. Basic guidelines suggest replacing liquid makeup (mascara, foundation, eyeliner) every three to six months, cream-based blushes, foundations, and shadows after eighteen months, pencil liners after two years, and lipsticks every year. Anything that’s broken should be tossed as well.
Speaking of broken makeup, the final step in giving your makeup collection an updated facelift is investing in a makeup holder to contain all your pots and tubes and pencils. Letting makeup run free-range in the bottom of a drawer or tossing it all in a large makeup bag beats up your powders and knocks tops off lipsticks, allowing them to collect dust and dirt. A holder with drawers and separators lets everything have a place and keeps it organized.
When you go out, you want to put your best face forward. By refreshing and organizing your makeup, you’re cherishing your skin by not putting on expired makeup, and it’s easier to get ready because your makeup is sorted. As a bonus, you’ll even have room for a new lipstick or shadow. Who doesn’t love new products?
- Purge. Every six months, take time to sort through your makeup. Toss makeup that you’ve had more than a year, makeup that smells, makeup whose ingredients have separated, and anything that doesn’t look good on you (this one should be a no-brainer. In fact, you should have already tossed it!).
- Categorize. Group makeup into three separate categories: face, lips, eyes. This way you won’t lose an eye shadow color because it’s grouped with your blushes. And you won’t forget about a lipstick because they will all be together in one place.
- Arrange. Buy acrylic makeup holders with separate spots for lipsticks and pencils, and drawers for your powders and blushes.