3 Steps to An Organized Makeup Drawer - Trends - iVillage Beauty Makeup Studio

The start of a new season is a perfect time to sort out your beauty drawer. It will keep you from getting stuck in a beauty rut, grabbing the same foundations, lipsticks and blushes just because they're within easy reach. We know it's not easy to pitch products, so here are a few tips to help:


Consider the Shelf Life

Certain makeup essentials, such as lipsticks and powder products, have a shelf life of about three years. Liquid foundations separate and spoil within two years. Mascara should be replaced every three months. If you're not sure of the age of a product in your beauty drawer, give it the "scent test". If a product is spoiled, you'll know by its smell. If you're still not sure but have your doubts, out it goes.


If You Don't Use It, Lose It

The key to a well-organized beauty drawer is to keep only the items you know you'll use again. If the same product has remained there unused for several years, don't hesitate to give it the old heave-ho. If you have a few splurges that aren't meant for everyday wear (glitter dust, for example), keep them for the next special event. If the product goes unused even when you have occasion to wear it, out it goes. Don't feel guilty tossing those lipsticks that looked great in the store but dreadful at home. If you know in your heart you won't wear something, forgive yourself for making the minor (and common) mistake and throw it out.


Keep It Simple

Identify the staples of your beauty routine (colors you wear well and frequently, for instance) and keep these essentials well-chosen and well-paired. Then allow yourself one additional eyeshadow and two extra lipstick colors. For example, if you ordinarily wear earth-toned matte eyeshadow resist the urge to buy a hot new lavendar you know you'll never wear. Instead, keep an extra shimmery color in "your shade" for special nights out. If you wear lipsticks in mauve or brown tones every day, keep that one great gloss or ruby red for special occasions.

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