A big part of keeping your makeup from expiring and being able to use your makeup products is organization. If you have EVERYTHING shoved into a box under your bathroom sink there’s a good chance you’ll forget about it, and before you know it, BAM! it’s overflowing with products you swear you’ve never seen. You may find yourself feeling stressed out about having to sift through all the stuff you have, or just bored with using the same stuff everyday even though you have makeup you’ve never tried.
Follow these 5 simple steps to make your makeup routine exciting again:
Out of sight, out of mind.
I’m sure you’ve heard that before–but without looking, tell me every product in your “extra” makeup box (we all have those, right?). Don’t be general either. I want to know the quantity and color of things. What you can name, you can keep.
How well did you do?
Obviously, I’m not really able to hear or see your list, but I hope that makes you realize that the things you couldn’t name are the items you threw in there only God knows how long ago. You haven’t used them, and you know that “right moment” you’ve been waiting for has probably come and gone (goodbye glittery eyeshadow).
Step 1. Keep your makeup where you’ll see it. It’s better to keep your makeup somewhere you’ll continuously be reminded about it, so that way you don’t forget about what you have.
Try a stylish counter display or a clear makeup organizer in your cupboard.
Less is more.
Start by honestly deciding what’s realistic for you and your needs? If you’re a makeup artist, then yes, maybe 15 colors of blush is necessary and that’s a good number for you. But if you’re an everyday gal then maybe that’s a bit much. So take a look at what is there. What do you use the most of? It’s ok to keep a couple extras on-hand but not more than that . Be honest about what might be a little excessive for your needs and give those things away (Bonus: the people you give them to will probably love you even more).
Step 2. Throw out what is old and what you don’t use–more importantly, what you won’t use. When you have too many makeup items most of it becomes forgotten, and just takes up precious space. When you have less stuff you are more likely to give your
“new” makeup items a try.
I know that some of you are going into panic mode: “Did she just say the words throw away makeup?!” Yes. Yes, I did. But I promise it’s all going to be ok.
Close your eyes (well, read the rest of this sentence first), take a deep breath, and say, “I don’t need all this stuff, I can throw things out, everything will be better because of it. I can and will do this.”
Alternatively, you can donate your unused makeup and some brands have recycle programs.
Everything has a place.
Pretty simple concept, right? Think about how much time you’d waste if your kitchen spoons could potentially be found in your sock drawer, instead of nicely separated in your silverware drawer. If you had to hunt for a spoon every time you poured a bowl of cereal, you’d probably stop eating cereal. Same goes for your makeup items. If you don’t know exactly where that charcoal eye pencil is, you probably won’t ever use it. But if you have all your eye pencils in the same place it’s easier to decide between the navy, black, or brown eye pencils.
Step 3. Organize your items by kind.
Create a System.
Let’s put a limit on what you keep. Since everything has a place, you can now decide what’s realistic for you to actually keep. Maybe you can cycle through 5 lipsticks, but just decide now that you will only keep 5. That means if a new one comes in, then an old one goes out.
Step 4. Cycle out old items when new ones come in.
Maximize your space.
As a professional makeup artist, I was turned on to makeup palettes early on. But I’ve been able to benefit from the space saved in my personal makeup storage. You are able to keep a lot more of something if you can find a way to condense it. Don’t be discouraged if you already have items that aren’t space savvy, because there may be a creative way to change out the bulky packaging.
Step 5. Move makeup items to space-friendly professional pro palettes/containers.
By keeping your makeup somewhere that you see it on a daily basis you are reminded about what you have. When you have less, you are less likely to feel overwhelmed by making a decision, and are more likely to use new products instead of letting them go to waste. When you keep things by kind, you don’t have to hunt for them––saving you from stress and wasted time in your routine. Putting a system in place for cycling out the old when you bring in new is not only going to keep your products organized it can also save you money because you will consider what you are going to have to throw out if you bring something new home. Maybe you’ll find you are perfectly fine with what you already have, or maybe you’ll realize that you have even more room for a few new things since you removed bulky packaging.
What are some ways that you keep your makeup organized? Any tips on condensing products to space-saving packaging? I’d love to hear from you!
I am a professional makeup artist and licensed cosmetologist. I absolutely enjoy sharing hair and makeup tips to help others enhance their natural beauty. Trust me, you're gorgeous.