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Keeping your makeup Clean

Updated: Apr 12, 2019

Tips on how and when to clean out your makeup collection.

Ah, 'tis the season for spring cleaning, time to tackle you closets, bathroom vanities, and my personal favourite, the makeup collection. Yes, your precious makeup drawer/bin/closet needs some TLC too. As I’m sure you know, your makeup collection can become cluttered overtime with old powders, mascaras and oh so many lipsticks. Why would you ever throw away your precious (and expensive) makeup, it lasts forever right? WRONG.

Using old, expired makeup will not only cause breakouts and blemishes, but the products will never have the same application, coverage, and staying power once you use it. So it’s time to get rid of that eyeshadow pallet you wore on prom night ‘10 because you’re never going to wear that blue eyeshadow again, no matter how much you think it’s going to make a comeback.

Keep reading for some helpful tips on how to declutter your collection to refine and only keep the products that matter in an effort to declutter your life. If you want to warm up before the big event, check out this video of Danielle and I decluttering and re-organizing her makeup drawer.

Let's TACKLE this together,

step by step;

  1. Take It All Out .... And I mean everything. This is not only helpful to be able to see all your products, but it allows you to properly clean and re-organize your drawer.

  2. Group Together the Important Stuff. Start organizing by picking up your everyday makeup routine products. All the products you reach for on an everyday basis. Those are staying. Once you put aside the makeup you use everyday, you'll be able to see the left over products that you may have forgot about, or like me, can't believe they're still in your collection!

  3. Process of Elimination With the remaining products, go through one by one and think back to the last time you reached for it. If you can't remember the last time you used it, test out the product and see if it's good enough to keep. Amazing pigment? New packaging? Love the formula? You can give those another try.

  4. Check the Date Once you have our chosen 'keep' products in front of you, go through and ensure none of them have expired. Like I mentioned earlier, expired makeup can cause breakouts and infections. Look for the little symbol that looks like the container with a month count - It will tell you how many months you have from the day you start using the product to the day you should throw it away!

  5. Sanitize, Sanitize, SANITIZE!! Finally, before you put your de-cluttered makeup collection back together, take a makeup wipe and wipe down all your makeup cases. Plenty of germs and makeup build up cover compacts, eyeshadow pallets and other products. Wipe them down for a clean sanitized surface! The last step is to clean out your makeup drawer and re-organize everything back how you'd like it.

I would recommend doing this clean out at least once a year. Getting rid of old makeup isn’t sad at all, it just leaves room for the new makeup you can now buy! Happy cleaning (and shopping!)