Hello Spring! It’s about time isn’t it? Are you ready for some spring cleaning? I know, I know…UGH, cleaning. I recently refreshed all my makeup (ouch $!), because it was time. Things were running out, starting to smell funky and just plain old. They’d reached the end of their life – expiry that is. So, what better time to spring clean than a rainy spring weekend when you can’t do much outside. I was also getting tired of trying to find my new makeup in amongst all the clutter of the old.
Rain + Spring = perfect time to spring clean your makeup.
Where to Start
Starting is always the hardest part isn’t it? There always seems to be something much better to do than declutter and clean. Or at least, we like to fool ourselves into thinking that. The truth is, cleaning and decluttering can bring you happiness and make your soul sing. It’s just a matter of convincing that zany squirrel in your mind it’s worthwhile.
So if you’re having a hard time getting motivated to start, try this: tell yourself that less means more time reading, or creating, or whatever fun thing it is you love to do. After all, the less time it takes to put your makeup on in the morning means the quicker you get started on your creative project. Fumbling around in your makeup drawer is not my idea of stellar productivity.
What to toss, what to keep tips
Be ruthless. Be intentional. The whole premise behind slow and simple living is to be ruthless and intentional about what you bring into your life, and also what you let go of. Your makeup should match you. Are you bold and glamorous? Or, are you more of a classic, au naturel type of gal like I am? Either way, keep what matches your makeup personality and toss what you’re uncomfortable wearing.
Are you still using the same products you used in your 20’s? Ah, aging. So much fun isn’t it? Seriously though, it can be. I actually felt a lot better about myself when I reached my mid 30’s. I’d learned to relax and give zero effs about a lot of stuff. But back to makeup! Spring cleaning your makeup is the perfect time to check that the products you’re using are still working for your skin. For example, I was still using a concealer that I used years ago (not the same tube, ick!). It wasn’t working anymore. All it did was highlight the fine lines under my eyes and kept cracking. It was time for something to match my age and my skin’s need for more under eye hydration.
Does the color suit your style and/or skintone? Do you ever look at your makeup and wonder, “what exactly was I thinking when I bought that?” Uh huh. Me too. I’ve got a few lipsticks, glosses and nail polishes where I wonder what kind of zany mood I was in when I bought it. And that’s how I am – mood greatly affects what I buy. So if you take one look and think, what was I thinking? It’s a toss not a keeper.
Do expiry dates matter?
**cue scary villain music**
In short, the answer is heck YES. Expiry dates matter. Old mascara leads to eye infections, really old nail polish smells toxic and awful, powder and eyeshadows past their limit cause bad skin reactions…need I go on?
If it’s expired, it’s time to toss it.
When in doubt, most products have a handy PAO, or Period after Opening symbol with a date on it. It resembles a jar of cream with the lid off and will show 12M or 18M to represent how many months until you should throw away.
It looks like this:
Better yet, here’s a handy graphic you can save or print to figure out when it’s time to toss:
How many makeup bags and brushes do you own? Here’s one thing that’s often forgotten. How many makeup bags do you own? One, Two, Ten? Do you really need that many? I’m always inheriting a new makeup bag through some gift promotion, or “Ooo, that’s limited edition I have to have it”, or some other freebie promo. In my opinion, you should only have two makeup bags total.
One for travel.
One for your purse, preferably a mini.
And maybe a third to house all your makeup at home if you don’t have a fancy drawer organizer like I do.
BTW, the Ikea GODMORGON bathroom organizer is awesome and only $21.99
Before the declutter, Yikes!
Don’t forget your brushes! Oh, and the brushes. I almost bought another set of brushes this weekend because they were so pretty. I mean, really? What was I possibly thinking? Then, my intentional mind took over and reminded me that I have a perfectly serviceable, quality set of brushes. And there’s nothing wrong with them. You see, I love beautiful things but 99% of the time, I do not have the money to go with my expensive tastes. If you take the time to care for your makeup brushes, they’ll last a very long time.
Tip: Brushes should be cleaned once a month and your beauty blender, if you have one, every 3 – 6 months.
What’s in your purse? Not to be forgotten! Did you like that heading? I couldn’t resist. It of course shows that advertising works. Chase Bank and Samuel L Jackson would be proud.
Anyhou, on to the purse. It’s possible you may have an entire drugstore lurking inside your purse. When I was part of the working world, I had mini hairbrushes, hair ties, clips, chapsticks, lotions, lipsticks, occasionally foundation powder, blotting papers, Tylenol, and other assorted items. Now, I’m lucky to have the Tylenol and lip gloss. I’ve downsized a lot.
If you change your purse with the seasons, this is a great time to declutter and toss the expired stuff.
And that my friends, is how I keep my makeup from giving me a strange disease and stressing me out every time I open the drawer. Be sure to save this (or print it out) to remind you when to toss your expired products.