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Spring clean your makeup bag
Beauties, it’s time to put your stockings and woollen jumpers at the back of the cupboard, because guess what, today is the first day of spring! Hooray!
Before you start adding more bright hues to your closet and make-up shelves, it’s time to organise and clean out all the hoarded products residing in your cosmetics drawers. Yes, it’s crunch time!
I sure am guilty of holding on to half-used lip-glosses, clogged-up mascaras and broken eyeshadow palettes – solely for emotional reasons. But did you know expired and past-their-best products can spread germs and lead to infections? So just like you clear out your cupboards, it’s time to do your make-up kits a favour and give them a spring makeover, too (which will also make plenty of space for spanking new products).
Keep: nail polish that can be revived
Indeed, we all love our red, coral and black nail polishes. And I don’t know about you, but throwing away a good bottle of varnish breaks my heart, especially when they’re old but unopened. This spring, add life to your bottle of thick nail polish by adding a few drops of nail polish thinner to it. Don’t confuse this with nail polish remover, though; they’re very different. Product Pick: Try Malava Switzerland Nail Polish Thinner.
Toss: old products
Just like the food in your pantry, every make-up product has shelf life. Mascaras live for three months, no longer. Liquid eyeliner lasts for six months. Lipsticks and blushes go on for 15-18 months.
Pull the dustbin out and toss everything you haven’t used in over six months. Before you know it, you’ll be heading to the beauty counters and stocking up on more bronzers and concealers. So be relentless and reshuffle.
Out-of-date eye products like eyeliners and mascaras are more prone to causing infections and irritations, so chuck those out now.
Keep: make-up brushes
Keep make-up brushes clean by washing them in lukewarm water on a weekly basis, especially if you have acne-prone or oily skin. This will prevent germs spreading and the brushes will feel as good as new on your skin post-wash. You can use a gentle shampoo or foaming cleanser, or alternatively, try Clinique Makeup Brush Cleaner for a more thorough clean.
Toss: anything that’s broken
You wouldn’t want a smashed eyeshadow to leak all over your newly-cleaned drawer, or for a lip gloss to ooze out all over your handbag now, would you?
Finally, rearrange your shelf
If you’re the girl who carries 45,782 lip products with her everywhere she goes, then this is for you. Lay out all the products on your bed and then streamline them according to what you use daily and occasionally. Now put together a make-up bag with all the products you use every day, without a fail, and organise the remaining in your drawer so you can see them all. The neater your kits are, the more you’ll want to try new make-up looks. Win-win, ladies!
Have you scheduled a spring clean for your house? How often do you spring clean your make-up kits? Are you a product hoarder?
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