I’d be lying if I said I am organised or overly neat but as it’s the beginning of a new year it seems like a good time to make the effort. No matter how big or small having a clear out of your makeup collection every now and then is a good idea.
The easiest thing and most important thing to start with is expiry dates. Be truthful- how long have you really had that lipstick? I’ll do a post soon about how long products really last but you can usually tell by the consistency and smell. I also think if they are near their expiry date and I am unlikely to use them, just bin it- it’s just taking up space. Be brutal, it’s worth it in the long run. It’s really not worth keeping a product that may be off, not only will it not work as well but it might be harmful. If there is a foundation that you have almost finished make a conscious decision to finish it, that means you’ll get rid of a bottle that is taking up space with not much product in.
Next, it’s time to be realistic. Are you really going to wear that lilac lipstick you’ve stored at the bottom of your makeup bag for the last 5 months? If orange lipsticks don’t suit you and you know you wont wear it, it is simply taking up space. For products like these that are in a good/nearly new condition I like to give them a good clean (a spray of rubbing alcohol works well) and share them amongst my friends.
It’s then time to give everything a really good clean. Shampoo your brushes (also get rid of any that are misshaped and/or you don’t use) rather than just spot cleaning. I like to use baby shampoo, reshape them and just hang them off the side of a shelf to dry. Give packaging a good clean with a baby wipe/damp cloth and pop any washable makeup bags in the washing machine.
Finally, it’s time to reorganised you downsized collection. Use old candle glasses and pretty mugs to store hair bands, pencils, cotton buds, brushes and other tools. Tuck your darker foundations and yellow nail polishes to the back (since it’s winter- do the opposite in the summer). I also like to find a special place for products I have forgotten about an need to rediscover but if they don’t get used even in this box they are clearly unloved and need to go. If you don’t have a home for all your makeup yet I find that Glossy Boxes (or gift boxes) can be great for smaller collections and Muji/Ikea also do great drawers for those of us with larger collections. If you’re lucky/organised enough to fit your entire makeup collection (or at least most of it) in to a makeup bag I’ve included a list of my favourites below.