Declutter Your Make-up

Simple ways to declutter your make up

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How to declutter your make up

So how often have you been rushing out the door and had to take a last minute dash to find that perfect colour lipstick you know you have but has suddenly decided to take on a life of its own and play a game of hide and seek?

How often have you been looking for an item and found something else that you didn’t know you had and are never really going to use, but keep it ‘just in case’?

How many free samples do you have that you know you will never use but you keep them because they were free?

Time to de-clutter your make up so you can find whatever you want, whenever you need, to help keep you looking gorgeous.

First things first:

Go through your make up bag and if you don’t use an item on a regular basis, bin it.

Now check your handbags. This was scary and a source of great surprise for me last time I did it. I had numerous lipsticks that I had put in a handbag for a day/evening out and then forgotten to remove. I also found an eyeliner that I had been looking for for months and a couple of mascaras. (I think my next declutter needs to be of my handbags!)

The same rule as above applies, if you don’t use the item on a regular basis, bin it.

The surprise for me was that amongst these bags holding on to long forgotten make up, I also found odd bits of change and a couple of notes that I had popped in for an emergency which totalled up to £45. Yippee!!!

Now take a good hard look at what is left and apply the following guidelines as to whether or not you should keep an item:

  • Mascara: This is one of the worst products for harbouring bacteria and causing eye infections so change it every 3 months. If it starts to dry up before this time, throw it.
  • Eyeliner: These can be kept for up to 2 years. Keep them sharpened and in warmer weather keep them in the fridge (away from food of course!)
  • Eye shadow: Powder shadow should keep for up 2 years. Liquid shadows will not last as long and should be replaced every 12 months.
  • Lipstick: These can be kept for up to 2 years. As per the note about eyeliners, in warmer weather, keep them in the fridge to stop them melting.
  • Blusher: The same applies as per eye shadow; powder blushers will last for up to 2 years, cream blushers for up to 12 months.
  • Foundation and concealers: These will keep for up to 12 months.

With your entire make up two golden rules apply:

  1. Treat your make up like food. If anything starts to smell funny, get rid of immediately – it has gone off – simple! This normally applies to old lipstick and foundations.
  2. If you ever get an eye infection, get rid of any eye make-up you have used over the last month. This includes make up brushes. Failure to do so may result in a repeat infection once you use these items again as bacteria may be lingering waiting for another attack.

Now you have thrown out all the old make-up, sort everything out so you can keep like for like items together.

One of the best ways I have found is to keep you make-up items in a cutlery tray. There are so many different types available such as wicker, wood or plastic and they are relatively inexpensive – you could always use that money you may have found lurking in handbags! These keep everything organised and easy to find.

For make-up brushes, I store mine stood in an attractive champagne glass. It looks so pretty on the dressing table and the brushes don’t end up getting lost at the back of a drawer.

Keep looking gorgeous ladies



Author: Angie Taffs



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