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Spring Cleaning: Makeup Collection Edition

Liquid products are only good for 6-12 months. Powders? 1-2 years. It's time to spring clean your makeup collection to make sure you aren't spreading bacteria on your beautiful face!

It’s that time of the year folks: Spring Cleaning! Maybe you’re finally going to get around to cleaning that deep dark abyss that you call a closet. Maybe you’re going to spend some time reevaluating your priorities so that you can have a little less stress and a little more peace in your life.

In all of your cleaning, we’re here to remind you of a little something you may have missed yet is oh, so dear to you: your makeup bag.

That’s right, it needs some loving, too. When was the last time you cleaned out your tote? When was the last time you switched old products for new ones? ‘Tis the season, ladies. We’re giving you the breakdown on how to keep it clean so you don’t breakout.

First things first, clean the actual bag.

Whether you’ve got a kit, a caddy, a tote or a whole duffle bag, keep the bag itself tidy. We all know the bag gets dirty from products not being completely closed or because we’ve touched all over the inside of it with foundation or some other product on our fingers.

If your bag is hard or soft plastic, this method should clean it fine. Make sure you check for special care instructions, though.

To clean your bag:

1. Take all of your makeup out.

2. Turn the bag inside out and take a washcloth with lukewarm water and a mild soap.

3. Give it a good scrub and then let it air dry.

You might want to take this time to wipe off the outside of all of your products as well so you don’t ruin your hard work right away when you place all of your items back in your makeup bag.

Get rid of old products.

Before you put your products back into the bag, take a minute to go through them. You most likely have some things that are old and expired. You probably shouldn’t continue to use those things on your lovely little face. Get rid of them!

Some products might require you to switch them out more often because they are constantly exposed to the elements every time we open them up and apply them to our skin. If a product smells bad or has an off consistency, toss it.

Here is a list of when to replace your products:

  • Mascara: Replace every 2-3 months
  • Liquid Foundation and Concealer: Replace every 6-12 months
  • Powder Foundation and Concealer: Replace every 1-2 years
  • Face Powder and Blush: Replace 1-2 years
  • Eyeliner: Replace every 2-3 months
  • Lip products: Replace every 12-18 months
  • Nail polish: Throw out if it’s chunky or does not recombine when you shake it

Making sure that you have new and clean products protects your skin… and who doesn’t want healthy skin? Chances are you don’t go through most of your makeup this quickly.

After a year, you should know which products you don’t like. Be sure to go through and discard any products that are older than what’s listed above or that have gone bad.

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Clean your tools.

Clean bag, yes. New makeup, yes and yay. Last, but not least, don’t forget to give your tools a bath.

Brushes, wands, sponges–we use all sorts of things on our faces. Since we use them so much, it’s even more important to keep them clean.

You should be cleaning your brushes every 3-5 uses. Makeup builds up on the brushes and they become a breeding ground for bacteria. If you aren’t cleaning your brushes, you risk rubbing that bacteria all over your face. Once they start looking worn or frayed, it’s time to part ways.

Higher end brushes should last you up to 10 years; lower end brushes could last anywhere from 6 months to 5 years.

We know how much fun it can be to get dolled up or just add some natural finishes to your already gorgeous countenance. We encourage you to keep it clean and keep it fresh. Happy Spring Cleaning!

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About the Author

Geralyn Dexter

Geralyn holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida and a MS in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She is currently working on a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. She enjoys reading, yoga and art. Within the next three years, she hopes to complete her doctorate and transition from practicing therapy in a community setting to having her own private practice.


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