Every January I like to start my pre Spring cleaning. I start with my house and bedroom and finish with my makeup bags. It is amazing all the things I find that I have not seen or used in the last year.
I love to start with my closet and get rid of any clothing I have not worn or do not intend to wear. I either donate it to the Salvation Army or take it to Wasteland or Crossroads Trading Company. This is a great way to get some extra cash in your pocket.
Next is my ever expanding makeup kit. I currently have 3 very large duffle bags that constitute my makeup kit, and seriously need to lighten my load. When going through my kit, I get rid of all of my old makeup, cracked or broken eye shadows and powders. Sometimes I find cosmetic items that I have totally forgotten about or have never even used. When discovering these cosmetics items, I instantly get ideas for upcoming makeup projects, and this helps me fuel my creativity.
A lot of people ask me how long does makeup last. I prefer to not keep anything longer than a year. Foundations should be thrown away if they are separating or over 18 months old. Foundations that are water based last about 12 months and oil based foundations can last from 18 months to two years. The same goes for lipsticks, if it is sticky or has an “Interesting” smell, chances are it has gone rancid. Unlike liquid or cream products, powder products (eye shadows or pressed powders) can last a lot longer than a year. Since they are a dry product they are less likely to hold any bacteria like liquid or cream products. Mascara should not be kept any longer than 3 months, since it is constantly in contact with the eye area. Make sure you clean your makeup sponges and dispose of once a week, for they are a breeding ground for bacteria.
I clean my brushes between every job, but you should clean yours at least once a month. Use a mild hair shampoo or a cleaner made especially for makeup brushes. I like to use Baby Shampoo or a product called Parian Spirits, which is a makeup brush cleaner.
So open up that makeup bag or drawer and start the new year off with some clean fresh makeup. Who knows you might find that favorite gloss at the bottom of your bag and feel inspired to create a new look for your self.