Are you ready for tips for decluttering make up? Is your make up neat and organized or is it a source of clutter in your bathroom or other areas of your home? Do you regularly purge your cosmetics or are you still holding onto your blue eyeshadow from the 80s?

Look for part 2 of our blog next week as I offer more ways to declutter your make up and options for natural makeup.

Are you decluttering make up regularly?

Decluttering Make Up: First Things First

The first step I am going to suggest is releasing expired make up. It’s really important because if you wear bad make up you could get: pink eye, inflammation which can lead to redness, bumps, a rash, or even blisters and swelling. You could also not have sunscreen protection. Pitching expired make up should be a no brainer and an easy first step if you are having trouble decluttering your makeup.

Great Resource for Expired MakeUp lets you put in batch code and determined if your make up has expired.

If you don’t have a batch code, here are some guidelines. I researached a few sites and found some general consensus.

Guidelines for Expired Make Up

Mascara: Throw out after 3-6 months. If it smells bad, pitch it.

Eye & Lip Pencils: Can last up to 5 years. If there’s a white tip on pencil liner that you can’t get rid of by sharpening or shaving, release. If liquid liner is starting to get dry or clumpy, toss.

Eyeshadows: lasts around two years. If you see changes in color and or smell, time for the trash

Lipstick/lipgloss: after two years it has expired. If it has dried out or changed textures, pitch now. It wont go on easily and wont look creamy.

Foundation/Concealer: Most water-based foundations last up to a year while oil-based foundations last up to 18 months. (you want to look for changes in color, texture, smell to indicate if if is past the expiration date.

Concealers: are good for up to 2 years. (changes color, texture, smell indicate if they have gone bad.) Stick concealers should last you up to two years whereas liquids are good for one year.

Blush: Cream based lasts 12 to 18 months and poweder up to 2 years. If blush has expired it has a dull gray film or look for any change sin texture. Powder blushes tend to last longer than cream blushes.

Natural products usually last 3-6 months. If you keep in the refrigerator they’ll last a little longer, but the natural stuff goes bad more quickly.

Making Make Up Last

Here are some tips to extend the life of your make up.

The best way to prolong the life of your makeup is to store your products in a dark and cool environment away from sunlight and moisture. Clean brushes after each use.

If your water-based foundation has dried up, try adding some drops of an alcohol-free toner to get the creamy texture back.

Always apply makeup with clean hands and avoid sharing any beauty products to avoid infection.

Use a new clean mascara applicators for each application and you can extend your shelf life for up to six months

Revive damaged powdered eye shadows by pressing them back into their palettes, adding a few drops of rubbing alcohol, and pressing the powder into place with the back of a spoon.

Store eyeliners upright in a container, which keeps bacteria from gathering at the bottom

Add a few drops of acetone nail polish remover to the bottle and shake well to loosen it up.

Keep lipstick out of hot, humid areas – the excess moisture can cause the pigments to break down. The fridge is a great place to keep it during summer.

Buy smaller sizes, especially if you don’t wear a lot of makeup. I recently purchased something at Ulta and it came with a free bag of makeup. They were really small sizes and it’s perfect for me.

What make up do you need to declutter? What needs to be thrown out? How can you be more mindful with your make up?

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