Make over your makeup bag

When was the last time you took a good look at the contents of your makeup bag? If you’re not sure, then it might be time to delve into what you have to see what you can toss and what you might need more of.

Toss the expired stuff

Makeup and skin care products don’t last forever. In fact, using expired products can be harmful and cause irritation or worse — infection. In general, dry powders can last up to a year as long as you don’t apply them with a wet brush or sponge. Opened mascara should be replaced every month, foundation and lipstick every eight to 12 months, and any creams or makeup you use your finger to apply should be either used or tossed after about six months.

Clean your tools

Use a gentle soap or a makeup brush cleanser to give your tools a good cleaning. This step should be done regularly (as in at least once a month) so you’re not transferring bacteria to your skin and in turn to your product.

Get rid of what you never use

Why hold on to products that never see the light of day? Say goodbye to makeup bag clutter and make it easier to find what you need by throwing out items you don’t use. This can be anything from the aforementioned expired products to eyeshadows you bought but decided you didn’t like.

Add a BB or CC cream

Multi-tasking BB and CC creams are a great addition to any makeup bag, because they make it easy to get ready when you’re short on time or don’t feel like wearing much on your face. These creams even out skin tone, offer sun protection, hydrate and often feature other skin-perfecting ingredients, making them ideal for busy days.

Try a new lip or eye colour each season

Avoid a makeup rut by spicing things up every once in a while. It’s good to have go-to shades you know look great on you, but it’s also fun to switch up lip and eye colour as a way to breathe new life into your beauty routine.

Part with anything that doesn’t flatter

We all buy makeup and nail polish that looks great in a magazine or in a store, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to suit us once we get it home and wear it. If you’ve accumulated a few items that just don’t flatter you, it’s time to toss them. There’s no point having them take up space in your makeup bag.

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