HOW TO REFRESH YOUR MAKEUP BAG:
How are you holding up stuck at home? Looking for a project? Spring is almost here and it’s a great time to clean out the old and get ready for something new. Heres my makeup bag refresh method. Have Fun!
First, hows the bag? Is it dirty with crushed shadow or lipstick? Start with a fresh bag or grab a ziplock.
Take everything out and sort them by use. Take note of all the different colors of eye shadows, lipsticks, eyeliners, etc., that you have. Do you really wear that orange lipstick or blue eye shadow? Or did it just look pretty on the shelf? Sometimes the idea of something is better than the reality. If you bought it but never use it, toss it.
As a general rule: If it’s liquid and uses an applicator that has touched your lips or eyes, it has a shorter lifespan: Bacteria can build up. If it’s a pencil or a powder: When was the last time you used it? If you don’t remember, toss it.
Here’s some basic rules of thumb:
Mascara: 3 to 6 months
Mascara has the shortest life span of all makeup because there’s a high risk of transferring bacteria from your eye to the mascara tube. You should discard it after 3-6 months. Or if you see it start to clump or get dry, it goes.
Foundation or concealer: 6 months to one year
This also depends if it comes in a pot or a pump. If it something you use your finger to apply, I would err on the 6 month side as bacteria can build up. Also, if you notice it separating it is time to toss.
Eyeliner or eye pencils: 1 to 2 years make sure to constantly sharpen – to refresh
Liquid or gel eye liner: 3 to 6 months then toss.
Powder (like, bronzer, blush or eye shadows): 2 years
Lip gloss: 3 to 6 months then toss.
Lipstick: 1 year
Eye or lip pencil sharpener: This tool can last awhile, just make sure to always clean it and get rid of shreds. I like to wipe with alcohol.
Brushes: They should be washed every 7-10 days
Remove any cream makeup using makeup remover or makeup brush cleaner. Use a mild soap to wash brushes weekly. Let air dry lying flat with brush hairs off the edge. Do not dry upright or water will run back into the brush deteriorating it.