Be honest, how many items do you have lurking at the bottom of your makeup bag? They seemed like an amazing purchase at the cosmetics counter but you never got around to using them because a) you didn’t know how or b) they didn’t quite “work”!
The transition of seasons is always a great time to cleanse your makeup bag but there is no room for sentiment; cracked eye-shadows, dried up mascara, pressed powder that’s gone “shiny” - ditch them.
Makeup products do have a shelf life so make sure you check the packaging and definitely discard any products past their prime. If you are still unsure, approximate guidelines are as follows:
are pretty safe from bacteria unless you use a wet sponge or brush to apply it
Clean your brushes regularly
I recommend at least once a week, if you’re a makeup artist then clean after every application!
Clean your tools
tweezers, eyelash curlers and scissors
Discard used sponges/applicators
these are usually full of product which can harbour bacteria
If you still have anything left in your make-up bag (!) - sort the products into categories
Now the fun part - decide what’s missing and replace with new products
Gail's Top Tip
Remove any products that you haven’t used for at least a year - you’re never going to use them…
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