Dos and Don'ts of Decluttering Your Makeup Collection

Time to clean your vanity just in time for the New Year!

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Every girl (or boy) who is into beauty knows that makeup is candy for grownups. Playing with every color and type of glitter is a lot of fun—it can be pretty easy to get caught up in every trend and hyped product in the market. The next thing you know, your drawers are filled to the brim with products you never even touch.

Why don't you take time this holiday break to let your vanity breathe? Besides, it'd be nice to have room for 2018 launches, don't you think? Breeze through the process with these tips: 

DO start by collecting all your makeup in one spot.

This trick is inspired by the KonMari method and it works like a charm! Seeing how much you actually own will certainly put things into perspective. To start, categorize your makeup by type—face products, for the eyes and lips.

DO discard all dupes (duplicates).

Once you've sorted everything out, work by category—for example, for lipsticks, you can segregate by color, do arm or lip swatches then keep one to two per shade. The same goes for bronzers, blushes and highlighters as these are the things that can accumulate quickly. 

DON'T let dirty makeup brushes sit with fresh tools.

Better yet, start fresh for the new year and wash them all. You may also take it a step further by throwing out brushes that have started to shed or change color. 

DO discard anything that smells off. 

If it doesn't smell like how it used to, chances are, it might have already gone bad. You don't want to dust or swipe anything on your face that might cause a breakout or an infection. 

DON'T hold on to things for sentimental value. 

No matter what you are decluttering, it can get tricky when it comes to things that are associated with special memories. However, holding onto these things serves no purpose so it is best to chuck them into the bin without question. (i.e. the lipstick you wore on your first date with your long term boyfriend—are you really going to wear five year-old lipstick?)

DO wipe everything down with an antibacterial wipe.

Once you're done going through all your makeup, clean the rims, lids and containers with antibacterial wipes. Constant use makes these items a hot bed for germs and you don't want any bacteria near your face! 


DON'T hoard makeup at all costs. 

Make sure you only buy what you need or use everything that you own. Don't keep anything for "just in case" reasons because it will only end up going bad in your drawers. 

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