By now, your makeup bag should be feeling years lighter, it should be looking leaner, and should be so organized that you don’t want to touch your masterpiece to get ready in the morning. But this overhaul is not over yet ladies. Now it’s on to the big bare-necessities-of-it-all stuff!
Foundation: foundation is one makeup product that you should never stockpile. In a world of Costco and Sam’s, the inclination is there—that feeling that if you don’t buy your favorite foundation now, while it’s available, they will stop making it. Well, so what if they do? Instead of trying a new, fresh, foundation, now you are applying year old stockpiled foundation that cannot possibly look the same as it used to. So, think fresh.
- If you’ve had it more than three months, it’s time to throw it out. If you still had a lot left in the bottle, that should let you know that maybe it’s not your favorite after all.
- If the foundation you are applying is relatively new, glob free, and hasn’t been exposed to any extreme conditions (changing its texture, color, etc.), then it’s fine to keep.
- As for giving away foundation: only do so if it was recently purchased/opened, and has not been used. Sometimes you come away from the store with the wrong shade. Why not up-cycle?
Concealer:The same rules apply to both foundation and concealer. And you shouldn’t need more that one shade of each at any given time of year. Buy your summer shades when it’s actually summer!
Blushes and bronzers: blushes and bronzers are quite a lot like eye shadows, in that women tend to collect mountains of different shades. Yet again, it’s time to take that editing eye and clean house.
- If you haven’t used it, thought about it, or opened it, it’s time to throw it away or give it away. As long as you haven’t had any skin infections, and as long as it’s not a crème blush or bronzer, it’s quite alright to share. Just take an honest look at your makeup bag and make sure that there aren’t any blushes or bronzers crumbling apart in their containers—thus messing up your soon to be nice and clean makeup bag. If it’s that decrepit, throw it out.
- You should keep one stand-by shade of blush that goes well with any daytime look; one bronzer that is perfect for the season (you need to get new bronzers as you need different shades and as the seasons change. But don’t hang on to the old ones!); and one highlighting powder/shimmer shade. Try to get all three in one if possible. A lot of makeup brands offer mix and match blush sets that you can create yourself; for example, Avon’s makeup megastore mark.
Powder: Powder follows the same rules as blushes and bronzers, except that you should only need one or two (like an everyday setting shade and a highlighting powder) shades: maximum.
- When the bristles are falling out everywhere, or it’s so caked in makeup that it can’t perform all the duties it was meant to do, it’s time to throw it out. There is a time to salvage our favorite brushes, but sometimes you need to let them go.
- Naturally, go ahead and keep any clean, functioning brushes. Replace sponges bimonthly—at least. If you’ve had any type of contagious skin infection within six months, you probably already trashed your beauty kit; but if not, throw it out now. These tools contaminate any makeup they touch and could possibly give you the infection again.
- Only give away brushes if they haven’t been used—ever. It’s safer and the only sanitary way to make sure you keep biological warfare to yourself.
Now it’s time to spring clean the heck out of your makeup bag! Check out Walgreens, Walmart, Target, CVS, or any of your local drugstores to refill your bag with new and amazing products. I’ll be here to keep you up to date and informed. Good luck!