What about your makeup bag?
If it's been a while and your makeup bag is looking like this one (eek!), it's time to spring clean that too! So, here are...
1. BUY A CUTE NEW BAG
Dump the one that's covered in crumbled eyeshadow and has a broken zipper...you deserve better! In fact, this was one of my fave tips that I contributed to this article for the Today show on ways to break out of your beauty rut. You'll be surprised at how a brand-new, fabulous makeup case will revive your beauty routine and make it fun to get started in the morning! Choose one in a fun color or pattern that you love, and one that's big enough for what you need so items don't get squished.....
2. TOSS THE OLD
Broken eyeshadows, anything that you haven't used in 6 months or more, shades that don't work on you, worn out brushes, makeup with too much glitter, and empty lipglosses. For mascaras, glosses and lipsticks....if they smell weird or are dry and clumpy, it's time to toss. I get that this part is hard for a lot of us, because makeup is expensive and you want to get the most of what you purchased. But remember this...if it's past the expiration date and doesn't look good, smell good or make you FEEL good to use it, then in the words of Elsa....LET IT GO!
3. CLEAN WHAT'S LEFT
It's really important to keep your makeup and tools clean to keep germs at bay, but also for optimal performance....especially brushes. Wash brushes using a solid brush cleanser like Blender Cleanser....run under warm water (pointing down, always), swirl bristles into cleanser and gently manipulate to remove build up, then rinse, squeeze with a paper towel, reshape and dry. (Click here to see more about cleaning and storage of your Beauty Blenders!) To dry, lay brushes on a towel with bristles hanging off the end for maximum air circulation, and keep clean between washes with a spray brush cleaner. Don't forget to sanitize any metal tools with alcohol, wipe all palettes and compacts with a makeup remover wipe.
4. ADD NEW GOODIES
The fun part! Replace the stuff you tossed...get new eyeshadows and blushes to replace the broken crumbles, and pick up that fun new lipstick you've had your eye on as well as a bright blush perfect for spring. Pick up new mascara...you know you need one! Need to up your brow game? Now's the time to pick up a new eyebrow pencil or pomade and add that step to your routine. Get a new bottle of foundation and quit using drops left in the cap! (Yes, I'm talking to you...) If your brushes and sponges have seen better days, replace those with new versions too. With spring coming, be sure you have the right color foundation, and a few glosses to switch out from your heavier, winter lipsticks. There are great options at every price point, and many ways to save....even on higher end brands! For drugstore cosmetics, check out CVS's Extra Care Beauty club for buy one, get one 1/2 off sales, and cash back points on beauty purchases. For higher end brands, take advantage of racking up reward points with Sephora's Beauty Insider Program and Ultamate Rewards from Ulta.
Whether your routine is concealer, mascara and lip balm or involves 16 steps and just as many brushes, having the right products that are easy to use, clean and in good shape will make it more fun to get ready in the morning. Why not make putting on your face enjoyable? And BONUS...when you have everything you need and ready to go, it's also faster...at least enough for one snooze cycle on your alarm. Make a resolution to keep it up too! You don't have to wait until next spring to revamp your bag, just repeat these steps anytime your beauty gear starts to look a little cruddy.
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