The time has come to clean house, but it's an intimidating task. How do you know what to keep and what to throw to the curb?
"Makeup trends have a tendency to change with the season," says makeup artist Jillian Villafanem. "Women should view their makeup collection as they do their closet."
That means every woman should have basic, timeless pieces -- such as a little black dress, a great leather handbag and other items that to invest in and keep from season to season. Makeup is no different.
Girls: You should always keep these beauty basics in your cosmetics kit:
Everything else? "Much like clothing, if you haven't worn it in six months, then you should throw it out," says Jillian.
The phases of fashion are just one reason to get rid of old makeup. Another reason is part practical and part healthwise.
Toss the items you've had for years -- even the ones you thought you couldn't part with. Old makeup that is dried out, clumpy, and/or more watery than usual can lead to ugly breakouts and infection (such as good ol' pinkeye -- like you had as a kid).
Also get rid of old makeup sponges and look closely at your brushes to make sure they're clean and in good condition.
These tips and tricks to organize your cosmetics will help you step into each season completely organized... and beautiful to boot!
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