If you love following beauty bloggers, we’re sure the one thing you’re most jealous of is not their enviable makeup stash but their neatly kept vanity--don’t worry, we’ve all been there! There’s no denying that looking at the carefully maintained palettes, the rows of colourful lipsticks and cleverly arranged makeup brushes somehow has a calming effect on all of us.
Well, the good news is that everyone can declutter their own makeup vanity and give it an Insta-worthy makeover; the bad news--you might have throw away your favourite products that have passed their expiration date.
Nobody likes a cosmetic clutter and your vanity should be able to inspire you rather than make you feel stressed or even worse, cringe. So, just like Marie Kondo showed us how to declutter our life, we’re going to show you how to declutter and clean your beauty arsenal. After all, we’re sure that old, broken eyeshadow palette you’ve been hoarding for the past 10 years does not spark any kind of joy whatsoever. If your beauty drawers won’t shut anymore or your makeup bag just won’t zip, or if finding a lipstick for you is equivalent to looking for a needle in a haystack, you need to keep on reading.
So, without further ado, here’s how you can tidy up your beauty vanity.
First, you need to start with the most dreaded step--getting rid of old, expired makeup. We understand how tough it can be to part ways with that red lipstick you bought back in college or the discontinued highlighter which gives you the perfect lit-from-within-glow. But trust us when we say that no good can come from using expired makeup products. Not only do these products change colour and consistency over time, but they can also damage your skin. So, ditch them immediately and while you’re at it, throw away the free samples you’ve been hoarding as well. This will help cut down on clutter.
Now that the difficult part is over, the next steps are easy-peasy. When it comes to your lipsticks, if you have more than 10, it’s better to colour co-ordinate them. This will make it so much easier to find the right shade to match your outfit for the day.
You could also organize them by most used items. For example, that black lipstick you bought for Halloween isn’t something you would wear daily as compared to the nude-pink lippy. To avoid disrupting your neatly-organized makeup stash, keep your commonly used items within arm’s reach, rather than far back in your drawer.
Primer, eyeliner, blush, and lipstick--for most of us, these makeup products are part of our daily life. If makeup is an everyday must for you, organize the products in the order you use them to avoid a mess every morning. This is also applicable for those who love watching makeup tutorial videos. Organize each item in the order that you find it easiest to go through.
Yes, two! Wonder why? Well, even though it’s important to wash your makeup brushes regularly, it’s not advisable to wash them after every use, especially if you use them on a daily basis. In such scenarios, two holders are beneficial as it helps you distinguish the clean from the dirty brushes. If your used brushes have been sitting in their holder for more than three days, it’s time to give them a thorough wash.
If you dump all your cosmetic products in a pouch or mini bag, it’s time to invest in a makeup organizer. Don’t worry, you don’t need to shell out a lot of cash for it. Makeup organizers like the MINISO Cosmetic & Make-up Organizer are compact and won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Your toiletries include shampoo, conditioner, cleansers, deodorants, serums, etc. The best place for these products is in your bathroom cabinet and not near your makeup. If you store your makeup in the bathroom, you need to get them out of there ASAP. Once moisture gets into your makeup, it can lead to the growth of mould or bacteria, rendering them completely useless and a nightmare for your skin.
If you’ve been doing this since quarantine began, you can skip this step but for those who have never sanitized their makeup before, now’s the best time to do so. Before arranging them in place, get out your WIPEOUT Sanitizing Spray or wipes and start the disinfecting process. We live in a virus-filled world, so sanitizing your cosmetic products at least once every two weeks should be on your agenda. Bacteria and germs can settle on just about anything so be sure to sanitize everything from your lipsticks to palettes and even your cream jars--don’t leave out any product!
Now that you have all the deets, go on and start organizing! Trust us, you’ll be glad you did!
Bonus: Applying makeup will be a hassle-free process and you no longer have to be envious of your favourite blogger’s makeup vanity.
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