While the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the entire world and everyone’s lives into an absolute mess, your makeup kit doesn’t have to be.
Save your makeup kit from all the mess and keep it organised by following these four simple steps:
- CLEAN OUT THE CLUTTER
Get rid of all expired products and any makeup or skincare products that you no longer use. You can easily do so by Separating your products into items to “keep” and items to “trash”.
Get rid of any products that have formulas that have split, such as old foundations, dried up or clumpy-like mascara or have a rancid smell. Don’t even thing twice as expired products can carry bacteria which cause skin breakouts and eye infections.
- BE AN EXPIRY DATE READING MASTER
To be fully sure of when your respective products expire, look out for the icon of a tub with an open lid on any product packaging with a number and a capital M next to it, for example: 6M, 24M. This indicates the number of months, from the date of opening, that the brand recommends the product will be at its optimal efficacy.
As a rule of thumb, mascaras, liquid and gel eyeliners should be kept for three months, oil-free foundation, lipsticks and lip liners kept up to one year.
Cream blushes, eyeshadows and concealers should be in use for 12 to 18 months, 18 months for cream foundations while lip gloss, powder blushes, bronzer and eyeliner pencils should be kept between 18 months and two years.
The third and equally important step towards avoiding mess in your makeup kit is to compartmentalise your products. Separate your products into sections, for example: lipsticks, skincare, foundation, palettes, masks or occasions such as Sunday facial, everyday makeup etc. to make everything easy to find.
- BOX AND LABEL
If you have clear plastic organiser boxes, use those to pack your items into and still be able to see what’s what. If not, you can use any old gift boxes as well as their lids to act as trays for smaller, shorter items like lipsticks. Stick some printed labels if you have a label maker or create makeshift paper labels, either printed or written, with a marker pen.