How to clean out your makeup collection

Spring isn’t the only season fit for cleaning! With Summer in full swing, you may find yourself adding to your makeup collection. So many fun new products hitting the beauty shelves of Big Lots, there are a ton of excuses to treat yourself.

But before you expand your makeup drawer, you should clean it out first. Regularly cleaning out your makeup collection will help you get a feel for what you should pick up next, what you don’t use, and will keep your products in the best condition, so you can get the most out of them.

Keep reading for an easy cleaning routine to de-clutter and clean your makeup. Everything you need can be found in the cleaning aisle of Big Lots at an extremely affordable price- plus, you’ll get a ton of use out of them for other tasks around the house.

What you Need:

  • Sanitizing Wipes
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Spray Bottle
  • Paper Towels
  • Dish Soap

1. Empty Your Drawers

Whether you have a collection big or small, laying everything out in front of you will give you a better visual of the job at hand. Start grouping like products and identifying duplicates.

2.Start Purging

This might be the hardest part of the process, but you have to force yourself to get rid of makeup that’s old or that you don’t use anymore. Use common makeup expiration dates as a general guideline.

  • Mascaras: Toss if older than 3 months
  • Liquid Eyeliners: Toss if older than 6 months
  • Twist-Up Eyeliners: Toss if older than 1 year
  • Cream Face Products: Toss if older than 1 year
  • Liquid Foundation: Toss if older than 1 year
  • Powder Face Products: Toss if older than 2 years
  • Lipsticks: Toss if older than 2 years
  • Pencils: Sharpen to reveal a new tip, and you can continue using it

Once you’ve thrown away makeup that is expired, examine what is left. Go through each product and ask yourself: when is the last time I used this? If it’s been longer than a month, it’s probably safe to say you don’t need it in your collection anymore. Also identify products that are incredibly similar (same colors, same purpose) and choose one that you like the most to keep.

3.Clean Your Storage

Makeup storage can get pretty dingy with spills and smudges from your products. Keeping your storage clean is the first step in keeping your products in their best shape. While your drawers or other storage is still empty, start wiping it down with a sanitizing wipe. Be sure to get in all the corners, then dry with a paper towel.

4.Clean Your Products

For the makeup you have left, start wiping down the packaging using a new wipe. Focus on the part of the product that you hold. For tools like tweezers or eyelash curlers, fill a spray bottle with diluted rubbing alcohol to sanitize. Wipe down with paper towel to dry and remove residue.

5.Don’t Forget Your Brushes!

As the items touching your face the most, keeping your brushes clean is pivotal to making them last as well as keeping your skin clear. Clean them weekly by lathering the bristles in a little dish soap. Rinse and let dry laying flat. Be sure to also wipe down the handles.

Once you’ve completed your cleaning, you can return your products to their places. With a freshly decluttered and clean collection, you’re ready to shop for new makeup to add to your routine!

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