That time of the year has arrived when the flowers are in bloom, the weather is warming up and you find yourself awakening from that deep slumber known as winter. Spring cleaning is in the air so while you’re redoing you’re your home and giving it a new look and pick me up take a moment and clean out your makeup bag and drawer. Well if you’re anything like me then its multiple drawers in the bedroom and all the bathrooms in the house.
Makeup is a harbinger of dirt, bacteria and all kinds of germs that with time just fester and get worse and can be very harmful to your health. In today’s day just about everything has an expiration date; from milk to beer to even your phone book (believe me on this!) but makeup doesn’t. Cosmetics are not required to carry an expiration date but once you open a product, oxidation of the contents begins immediately. Tool of the trade #1: Try purchasing a small dry erase board for your bathroom. Some are small enough to fit inside your vanity mirror and can be used to write down date of purchase of your cosmetics to keep track of when to toss. Waterproof Beauty Alert! stickers can also be purchased and applied to the outside of your makeup container and provide a place to make a note of when you open a product and if you have an Iphone you can download the Beauty Alert’s iPhone app that helps you keep track of your makeup. Even though it doesn’t have an expiration date it does have a shelf life. Rule of thumb number #1: If it has a weird chemical odor or claylike smell, get rid of it regardless of how long you have had it.
This is your blushes, eye shadows, bronzers, powders etc. either loose or compact. These can last up to two years. Fresh powder should feel smooth and silky, not cakey or gritty. If it does…THROW IT OUT. If the color pigment has changed or has an off smell…PITCH IT. Tool of the trade #2 If you have a shadow or blush or any powder that you really love and HASNOT expired a way to salvage it is to turn it into loose shadow and put it into a clear container with a top.
Eye pencils, eyebrow pencils and lip pencils can last even longer than two years as long as you sharpen them prior to usage each time you use them. But stop and think for a minute. NO PENCIL should last you this long. Maybe you need to re-evaluate that almost never used pencil and pitch for a more modern color. Just a thought…
Lipsticks, liquid foundation, concealers and moisturizers usually last a year. Eye cream and liquid eyeliner shouldn’t last longer than 6 months and no more than 3 months for mascara. With these products it is sometimes easy to tell that it’s time for a new product as the texture, color and smell changes with time. Tool of the trade #3: If you have a lipstick that you love and are at the end of it, scrape the remains into a clear pot and microwave until soften and mix and viola! you have your favorite lipstick readily accessible again.
Time and time again you have heard that your brushes need to be cleaned up every few days if not more but…really who has the time? Even I will admit to being guilty of not washing my brushes…ever, but this is the time when you need to show your skin some extra TLC. Makeup buildup on brushes makes the bristles break down quicker, makes your makeup look muddy, make blending harder and worse of all can lead to breakouts and infections. So take a moment, wash your brushes out with a cleanser like Sonia Kashuk’s Brush and Sponge Cleanser (sold at Target nationwide) and then set aside on a towel to dry.
Once you have taken out all the expired makeup and noted what brands, colors, etc you need to repurchase to replenish your makeup bag it’s time now to go through what you have left and spring clean your look. When thinking about spring cleaning your makeup, don’t only think about the oldness of makeup but also the oldness of the look that it inspires. Throw out those colors that you hate and rarely use. Rule of thumb number #2: If you haven’t used it in 3 months, get rid of it. Why hold on to that hot pink lipstick that you bought on impulse because it matched your new purse? You know you’ll never wear it so…get rid of it.
Once you have gone through all your makeup stash and relabeled your makeup clean your drawers and makeup bag with disinfecting wipes and now you are ready to go with all your brand new makeup and clean brushes and clean bag!