CLEAR OUT YOUR MAKEUP BAG AND STREAMLINE YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE AT THE SAME TIME. BY Nicola Conville.
Is your cabinet bursting with out-of-date bottles? Do you paw through wads of tissue every time you reach into your make-up bag? If so, it’s time for a clean-up. “You should be cleaning out your beauty bag every six months,” says Cathy Savage, make-up artist for Channel Seven’s TV show, 10 Years Younger In 10 Days. “Wet or emollient products, like mascaras, expire quickly, as do any creams with SPF. They can also breed bacteria.”
Remove anything that’s in a broken container or missing a cap. Make-up guru Bobbi Brown suggests pouring liquid foundation into a fresh bottle, scooping out creams and lipsticks and transferring them to small containers and placing capless pencils in zip-top bags. But broken powder blushes and pressed powder compacts should be thrown out.
Work out which items are past their sell-by date. There’s a reason that blue eyeliner needs to go – not just because it belongs in the 1980s, but because you bought it in the 80s.
Foundation, concealer, powder, eye shadow, blush, face cream and moisturiser need to be thrown out after two years. Lipstick and eye and lip pencils should be thrown out after a year, and mascara needs to go after six months.
GETTING KITTED OUT
So what are the essential products for your bag? “My top desert-island products are really good tweezers, a tinted moisturiser, mascara and a lip gloss,” Savage says.
She suggests getting a makeover at a department store to get a feel for what suits you and try out new-season colours.
“Don’t buy products that are wrapped in plastic so you can’t try them,” she says. “Most make-up counters will offer free makeovers, or they’ll redeem the price with purchase.”
Savage also advises keeping an eye out for special offers. For instance, MAC has a program where you can return six packaging containers and receive a free lipstick.
Invest in multi-purpose products, such as a tinted moisturiser with SPF or wet-to-dry eye shadows.
“Don’t be afraid to try new things,” says Savage. “Take the time to experiment and don’t be afraid to ask for help.”