Spring Cleaning Your Makeup Bag

Makeup Bag from Becksondergaard // Tissues and Mirror from Mad Beauty

At the beginning of the year we spoke about clearing out our Make up collections which was a very popular post and seemed to get you all exciting about decluttering your makeup collections. Now with spring here, it is time to spring clean our makeup bags…

Start by emptying out your makeup bag onto a table and be a little brutal. Have you possibly had that lipgloss for too long, has your favourite bronzer shattered to cause a mess in your makeup bag and has your favourite lipstick melted beyond belief? Well it’s time to get rid of it.
Okay it may cost you a few pounds to replace but it’s worth it in the long run. It means your lipgloss will actually smell like it’s suppose to and you won’t have to wipe the bronzer smudges of your mirror every time you need to use it. It’s also a great opportunity to mix it up and go through your makeup collection and add less used products that you love but may have forgotten about.

It’s then time to downsize, there’s no point carrying around a super big makeup bag if you don’t use all the products. Be realistic and honest to yourself; do you really need 15 variations of almost the same lip colour and do you really reapply your foundation or would a concealer be enough? You won’t be getting rid of these products, you can keep them at home in your collection and add them to your makeup bag at a later date when you actually need them.

Time to clean everything from brushes to compacts. Give all your brushes a really good wash and using a wipe clean down all the compacts, packaging and mirrors. If your makeup bag can go in the washing machine then now is a great chance to throw it in but if your makeup bag has seen better days then it might be time to treat yourself to a new one you can get very pretty ones from places like H&M, Boots and for very cheap (check out some of my favourites below). Also if your makeup bag isn’t looking quite as full as it did don’t be tempted to fill it up, instead purchase one in the perfect size to avoid future products building up and to save yourself from carrying such a heavy bag.

When filling it up again keep asking yourself if you really need it in your handbag and if you truly use it on the go- if not leave it at home, you can always come back to it at a later date. Don’t forget you can also buy mini’s and transfer products into smaller containers such as perfumes and foundations.

Check out my guide to having a beauty clear out here

I’d love to hear your Makeup Bag Clearing tips as well as which products you carry around with you in the comments.

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  1. 21st April 2014 / 7:09 pm

    I agree, this has just inspired me to clean out mine! Great post!xx


    • 22nd April 2014 / 8:44 pm

      Its the best, It's like getting new products without spending money X

  2. 21st April 2014 / 7:45 pm

    I really need to do this, I seem to always have WAY too much stuff with me on a day to day basis. But then again, you never know when you might need both a matte or shimmery bronzer :/!


    • 22nd April 2014 / 8:47 pm

      I always think like that but I've just made myself chose one recently and stick to it. X

    • 22nd April 2014 / 8:50 pm

      Oh me too but I feel so much better once it's all cleared out, it gets addictive X

  3. 21st April 2014 / 9:58 pm

    You're right, sometimes we need to clean our make up bag 🙂
    Michela xx

    • 22nd April 2014 / 8:54 pm

      It's so important although I know sometimes it hurts to bin an expensive powder even if it is broken! X

  4. 22nd April 2014 / 10:50 am

    I'm guilty of not even having a make-up bag (I usually only pack one when going on holiday). I'm organising my small makeup collection at the moment – procrastination at its finest haha 😛 X


    • 22nd April 2014 / 8:52 pm

      Haha If I'm honest my makeup bag is often more of a pocket in my handbag but I know a lot of people keep them in their handbags. I'm a procrastinating pro haha

  5. 28th October 2015 / 12:08 pm

    Fantastic tips! It is final time to clean my make up bag. I can`t remember last time I did it! I am planning to throw it in the washer machine. I can`t wait to see the result 🙂 Best regards!

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