If you're doing spring cleaning this year, don't forget to include your makeup bag! This little item has the power to create magic, but it can also be the place where products go to be forgotten. And let's be honest, when was the last time you cleaned the bag itself? Now is the perfect opportunity to review your makeup collection and put the winners back in a freshly cleaned home.
Keeping track of your makeup bag will reduce clutter within and breakouts on the surface. Dirty brushes and expired makeup can cause skin problems, and a clean makeup bag will make getting readier so much easier.
Here's what to do:
First, empty out your makeup bag and give it a good wipe. All you need is makeup remover wipes to clean out any rogue stains. You may want to flip it inside out for ease.
Now that all your products are laid out, you can review them and toss what needs to go. All makeup has an expiry date, though it's not very easy to see. Fortunately, there is a general consensus you can follow:
- Powder makeup: 2 years
- Pencil eyeliner: 2 years
- Lip gloss: 1.5-2 years
- Lipstick and lip liner: 1 year
- Nail polish: 1 year
- Concealer: 1 year
- Liquid foundation and cream makeup: 6-12 months
- Liquid eyeliner: 3 months
- Mascara: 3 months
You can take it a step further and review the beauty products in your bathroom, which also go off after a while:
- Shampoo and conditioner: 3 years
- Hairspray: 3 years
- Body lotion: 2-3 years
- Body scrub: 2 years
- Face cream: 1 year
- Sunscreen: 1 year
- Shower gel and soap: 1 year
- Eye cream: 6-12 months
- Face wash: 6-12 months
- Serum: 6-12 months
- Face masks: 2-3 months
- Loofahs and exfoliating gloves: 2-3 months
Use your newfound beauty best before date knowledge to review future purchases. If you've had to throw out a lot of half-used items, you may be better off buying travel size products.
Finally, clean your brushes and tools. You should already be cleaning your brushes and sponges weekly to avoid breakouts, but you may have been neglecting other tools. Eyelash curlers, pencil sharpeners, false lashes, hairbrush, flat iron, etc. All of these items accumulate dirt and residue and can always benefit from a clean!
We wash our skin regularly, so we should also wash the tools we use on our skin regularly. Your makeup bag will thank you.