What better excuse than the new year to organise your make up bag and have a well needed detox. If, like me, you’re a make up hoarder, things may have got out of control over the Christmas period. My palettes are covered in smudges, make up brushes in need of a good clean and my beauty bar cart has turned into somewhat of a collection area for all the bits and pieces I just didn’t know where to store. So, I decided it’s time to take action. To reassess what I really need in my make up mag and clean away the foundation fingertips that have walked their way across all my products.
I’m kind of embarrassed to document the disarray that’s taken place but here goes. Here’s how to organise your make up bag…
First things first, remove the clutter. Throw away old make up wipes, find a place for your bits and bobs. Next, lay out all your make up products and decide what you really need to keep.
I created three piles; keep, give away and bin. It’s easy to find an excuse to hold onto make up but if you haven’t used it and aren’t likely to, give it away to friends or family. Throw away the stuff that’s past its sell by date or you haven’t used in 6 months. Be truthful, are you really likely to use it again?
Next, wipe over all the make up products you’re keeping with an anti-bacterial wipe then dry. Sharpen any lip or eye pencils ready for their next use.
Now, onto the important bit. Cleaning those well used make up brushes. Dirt and oil can easily accumulate easily within our brushes, which doesn’t help with keeping skin clear of spots. Ideally this should be done weekly, but I’m a sinner so this is the first time I’ve done mine in absolutely ages. Gross I know. Here’s the best way to clean your make up brushes:
- Pick up a make up brush cleaning solution or gentle shampoo. Baby shampoo is ideal but I refuse to leave the house and buy some, so I’m washing mine with my Elvive Extraordinary Oil Shampoo. It smells divine and does a good enough job of cleaning my hair, so I think it will do just fine on my make up brushes.
- Squirt a small amount of shampoo into the palm of your hand, wet your make up brush and swirl it around in the palm of your hand to release all the product build up. It’s really important not to allow water to seep into the base of your make up brush where the handle begins, as this loosens the glue that holds your brushes together and ruins them.
- Now rinse carefully under a running tap and gently squeeze out the excess water.
- Whatever you do, don’t dry your brushes in an upright position as again, water left within the brush fibres may slide down and ruin the glue holding your brush together. Instead, I place mine on a clean towel and let them air dry hanging slightly off a chair. This is the time to re-shape your brush so it dries the right way. (Leni’s obsession with make up brushes continues!)
Now to re-assemble your make up kit. I’ve rearranged mine for the new year, putting my make up brushes at the forefront for easy access (for me, not Leni). I’ve popped my palettes (including my shiny new Urban Decay Naked 3) in order of how I’m currently using them, and placed all my foundation and primers into a make up bag. I’ve also bought in my moisturiser and facial oil ready for application in the mornings.
I’ve already found that organising my make up bag has made so much difference to the way I use my products. It has reminded me of the things I really want to wear more and got rid of the bits I haven’t used. Plus, my make up brushes are back to their best – clean and bacteria free – perfect!
Until next time,