f you have to dig though drawers and rummage through an overstuffed makeup bag to get ready every morning, then it's time to bring order to your beauty stash. These tips will help you declutter your loot and streamline your storage space.
- UPDATE YOUR STOCK
Old makeup is disgusting. It may appear to be useful- but trust me amigo, it is not. It HOARDS bacteria-especially your mascara. That stuff is just waiting to attack you with an eye infection. Evil little thing it turns into. Since it is it not possible to perform an Excorcism on your old beauty products (trust us, we've tried and let’s just say those demons won), here are some reminders to know when your makeup has a date with the garbage.
- Smell. If your makeup even remotely starts smelling odd/different, then you know what to do. Mascara especially will develop an odor from all the bacteria gathering in the tube. Don’t commit makeup suicide. Ditch that sucker and buy a new one.
- Time Elapsed. Here is a rule of how long makeup products last before you need to purchase new products:
- MASCARA: 3 MONTHS (REMEMBER DO NOT PUMP MASCARA, IT BRINGS AIR AND BACTERIA INTO THE TUBE)
- FOUNDATION : 1 YEAR
- CONCEALER: 12-18 MONTHS
- EYELINER- 18 MONTHS (REMEMBER TO SHARPEN OFTEN AND CLEAN SHARPENERS WITH ALCOHOL)
- EYE SHADOW: 18 MONTHS
- LIQUID EYELINER: 6 MONTHS
- LIPSTICK: 18 MONTHS (LIPSTICK WILL DEVELOP WAX-LIKE CONSISTENCY AFTER TIME)
- GLOSS: 18 MONTHS
2. CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES
If you are using a brush for your foundation, liner, brows, blush, etc- you must remember to wash your brushes/applicators THREE TIMES A WEEK. We recommend buying a brush cleaner Jane Iredale's Botanical Brush Cleaner. In order to keep your skin healthy and brushes free of bacteria, it is essential to treat them with care- and cleaning them with the correct products will keep their integrity. NEVER use hot water, or simple soap. This will damage the bristles on your brush.
Keeping your brushes organized will stop you from misplacing any items, and bring you some overall sanity. We are all different types of makeup lovers, and need different types of organization. Here are different genres of makeup users, you may fit in one or each of the types:
- The “I Would Never Leave My House Without Makeup” Girl
You own a lot of makeup, and you aren’t sacrificing any of it. We recommend turning your bathroom into a closet for all your products. See-through compartments with drawers are the best for organizing. Place all your face (foundations, concealers, blush) into a drawer, eye products (shadows, liners, mascaras) and lip (liners, gloss, lipstick) into separate drawers/compartments. Remember to keep all your brushes together. Maybe place your brushes in clear glass where the bottom of each glass if filled with colorful glass beads. It will keep the brushes in place and esthetically looks amazing.
- The “Working” Girl (no, not that kind… We don’t even want to know where that makeup goes)
You barely have time for breakfast, let alone a full face of makeup in the morning- and you just feel like applying it in the car. Well, you will need a makeup bag with compartments to keep whatever products you use organize and easy to find. We recommend a small zippered Stephanie Johnson makeup bag that will fit easily in your purse. (Pack lightly a great work look only needs: Mascara, Liner, Gloss, and a mirror)
- The “I Share a Bathroom With My Boyfriend” Girl
Men hate seeing an abundance of what they view as “junk”. (We know it stings to know their opinion of the products we live by). If your space to get ready is combined with your man, we suggest (he shut up and deal with your need to be glamorous) you invest in a makeup kit/case which will hold ALL of your beauty needs. Go browse and pick what from what you need; wheeled, zippered, hard cased/soft cased. It is like buying a new car, so take your time. It is important to choose an option which once opened will have enough space for your brushes, makeup products and can even fit cleansers/moisturizers as well. Once you purchase your makeup case, pack all your beauty products into categories and place your case wherever you desire (this case will help traveling with your products much easier as well). DO NOT NEGOTIATE A SPOT. He already made you lock all your stuff away, he can’t take your freedom.
These tips should help you regain organization with your makeup and make everyday looks easier to obtain. It is also the perfect opportunity to go makeup shopping- what is better than that?