Day 24: Clean Makeup

If you didn't know already, Angie has been a makeup artist for about 15 years and specially has been a Bobbi Brown make up artist for as long as I can remember. I asked her about her regiment in taking care of her makeup and how she organizes it. Most of you will recognize her because I bet at one point in time she has put make up on your face!

For most of us, we don't know the proper etiquette when it comes to make up and its longevity. So here are a few tips to clean and organize your make up for the season!


Step 1: Brushes

A good rule of thumb is to clean your brushes with a gentle shampoo (only if it's real hair) like Johnson and Johnson's baby shampoo, once a month {at least}. After washing them leave them over a counter to dry. Also, in between washes use a disinfesting antibacterial spray that can be found at Sephora for $18 and lasts a long time! It is very important to clean your brushes in order to prevent infections around the eye and break outs. Especially if you keep your brushes in a make up bag on the go!


Step 2: Makeup

When you are cleaning your make up start with the product you haven't been using for a while. Look at how much you used from it- if it's almost done throw it out. If you haven't really used it ask yourself why? Ask yourself can I still wear this? If so put it in the pile of all the makeup you use currently. If you think you will not use it and it's 1-2 years old throw it out. If it's gently used give it to someone you think would use it. This applies to blushes, eyeshadows, and bronzers.

To clean powder product just take a tissue and wipe the top layer off. It will become new again.


Step 3: Foundation

When looking at your foundation ask yourself if it is the right color for you. Do a test on your face and see it in natural light. If not, throw it out if the foundation is about 2 years old.

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Step 4: Lipsticks

You can usually keep a lipstick or gloss for a while. However, again if they have smell to them throw them out.


Step 5: Mascara

A good mascara typically has a turn around time of 3 - 4 months. A quick check would be If it has a little off smell just throw it out. [tooltip text="TooltipText"]When you notice your mascara getting a little dry or clumping on the brush I suggest to wash the mascara brush once and while to remove any product build up this will give you a few extra weeks before having to buy a new one.[/tooltip]


Step 6: Organize

To organize your makeup I would suggest getting a good makeup bag or makeup case with different sections to separate your eyes, foundation, bronzer and blush and lipsticks.

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To store brushes I would suggest a cup or even pencil/pen cup 2


Same goes with make up and it does in close. If it is out of sight it is out of mind. So if you want to start doing new things then your regular routine make sure to have it visible so you can remind yourself to try something new!