Constantly feel like you’ve misplaced your staple beauty product? Applying your makeup is easy until you find yourself stressing; trying to find one of the 6 blushes you have amongst a now cluttered looking vanity space? Or those items that all have matching packaging and you have to routinely check the different names and shades?
It’s inevitable and a fact that all of us have felt this way at some point. No matter how many times we try and create order for storing our make-up it can easily become disorganised and stressful. If you’re a beginner or simply looking to try a new way of storing your makeup, these quick tips will solve your endeavours easily and sufficiently!
Put your Makeup into Product Types
Dividing all of your makeup into different categories is the best way to start!
This way you can see the amount of each product you have and also gives you the chance to throw away those items that have reached their expired date. Plus it gives you the opportunity to see exactly what you have, this is to help you manage the space you need to store them and also if there are any items you may have forgotten about that you may like to start using again.
To Calculate whether an item is expired starts from the first time you opened the packaging:
- Powders and eye shadows can be used for up to 2 years.
- Cream eye shadows can be used for 12-18 months.
- Foundation can last up to 12 months.
- Lipsticks and lip liners 12 months.
- Mascara and Eye liners should be changed every 3 months.
- Makeup Sponges should be replaced weekly, or when they become soiled and overloaded.
- Make-up brushes last as long as needed if they are washed frequently.
It’s important to get rid of products that may have reached their expired date as using ‘old’ make-up can lead to breakout and damage the skin. Expired Eye makeup can lead to eye infections and cause red, irritated eyes.
Using dividers when storing your makeup can help incredibly! There are many ways that this can be done, either by buying storage designed for makeup like large makeup boxes or a train case, or be creative and do you own DIY. Things you can use as dividers could be gift boxes, plastic food storage boxes, sewing baskets or plastic containers. If you have a slightly larger space to put your makeup in, using silverware holders and stationary storage like desk tidies, paperclip holders and pencil cases may be more beneficial as they are larger in size and have dividers already in place. Dividing your makeup into different sections keeps them in their own spaces and easy to find. You can separate each type of product or you can categorise them to your preference such as the order of application of the difference between your every day and evening looks.
Tip: Storing lipsticks vertical and upside down enables you to see the name. This can save you time and also helps you to put them back in the same place leading to memorising its position.
Clean Makeup Brushed and Tools
Hygiene is important when it comes to applying makeup to the face as it is the most delicate area of skin. Keeping the area and your tools clean is another good way to organise and protect. Good ways to store makeup brushes are in mugs, glasses and even old candle jars that have been thoroughly cleaned. If you’re going to store them this way then remember that the bristles need to be upright otherwise you may damage and shorten their lifespan.
If you would prefer to use a brush roll, remember the make sure that the inner fabric is soft. Makeup brushes should be washed at least every two weeks, this can not only prolong their use, but it also gets rid of any bacteria and germs that have built up on them. Bacterial build up can lead to outbreaks on the skin and also make your makeup look muggy when applied.
It’s handy to keep a clean face cloth nearby to place your brushes on when in use to stop them from touchy many surfaces that may be unclean.
There are many different ways to clean your makeup brushes. There are makeup brush cleansers available, but they can be pricey. Cheaper alternatives can include using baby shampoo, olive oil and in some cases mild hand wash and body wash can be used. Using warm water is best! If the water is too hot than it can cause the glue holding the bristles together to loosen and lead to moulting and damage. Remember to be gentle!
Makeup for Your Bag
Once you’ve organised your draw, you may not want to ruin your work by removing some of your products to place in your purse or travel makeup bag. A good way of getting round this is by filling up mini travel pots with the products you would like to use. This keeps the drawer or space intact and also prevents a large amount of space in your purse being taken up. It’s also good for on the go as you will have exactly what you need to do small touch ups throughout the day.
Don’t Forget the Perfumes!
Even though it’s nice to store your fragrances on show as many have beautiful packaging, storing perfume in the open is really a no go. Allowing sunlight and the heat from light bulbs to get to it can cause ingredient break down that can ruin the scent and cause evaporation. The best way to look after your perfumes is to store them in drawers, a nifty little trick is to store them in your underwear draw making your lingerie subtly scented.