One of the more pleasant side effects of this blogging gig is that my makeup collection tends to swell on a daily basis.
Trust me, I’m not complaining. Lippies, concealors, mascaras and eyeliners. They are all my friends.
But like any gathering of lots and lots friends in the one place, things can a little … shall we say … unruly.
It is pretty common practice for me to sit in our bathroom and go through my makeup collection and do a serious cull.
When I’m doing this cull, I keep in mind maintaining a good supply for variety. (I’m actually just laughing at myself over that last sentence. Who am I kidding? In the rush to get out the door each day, I tend to slap the same stuff on … quickly!)
I also think about how long I’ve actually had the product. Makeup does have a shelf life. I’m particularly conscious of that in regards to mascara, liquid and cream formulations.
Here’s a quick guide to how long you should keep makeup
Mascara: up to three months
Liquid foundation: water-based up to 12 months; oil-based up to 18 months
Powder foundation: up to two years
Concealors: up to 12 months
Nail colours: up to 12 months
Lip pencils: up to 12 months
Lipsticks: up to 18 months
Powder blush: up to 2 years
Cream blush: up to 12 months
Eye shadows (powder): up to 2 years
Eye shadows (cream): up to 6 months
Eyeliner (pencil): up to 2 years
Eyeliner (liquid): up to 3 months
It’s also essential for me to have easy access to what’s left after the cull. I’ve got a thing about being able to see everything at a glance. Even my travel makeup bags are clear.
Our bathroom is tiny and shared among five. When we moved in, I quickly decided that the slimline wall-mounted cabinet above the skink just would not do. You can hardly swing a bottle of Chanel no. 5 in it, let alone accommodate my *tools*.
So I found a great free-standing cabinet at Ikea (which I won’t tease you with as it’s no longer available) that opens to a number of pull-out trays, perfect for makeup and the like. This is home to all my regulars – old and new. Anything I’m testing on any given month used to sit
disgustingly messily quite haphazardly in a basket on top of this cabinet.
I was introduced to this baby.
Come to Mama. Five drawers that make it SO easy to not only see what I need to reach for but I now have the ability to organise my trial collection into makeup order of application, from foundations through to lip colours. Genius. And not to mention a little bit anal on my behalf.
But wait, there’s more.
I love how I can easily get to my brushes and they’ve got less chance of being damaged. (Umm, it’s also easier to tell when they need a good clean when stored like this)
Now, if you have even less space (and possibly less makeup 😉 ), then a trip to Freedom Furniture is in order.
And because I just have to have a good selection of lip balms and essentials within reach at all time, the little sister now proudly sits on my desk.
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED
WIN: Tomorrow on the blog I have a giveaway from Freedom but TODAY – and for 24 hours only – Styling You and The Makeup Box Shop are giving away a Makeup Box Shop set of one Glamour Box and one Brush Holder (total value $139). Entering is super easy. Just leave a comment below, telling me about the makeup item that’s over-stayed its welcome in your beauty cabinet … and that you’ve now ditched it! Australian entries only, sorry. The winner will be drawn at random, notified via email and name posted here. Competition closes 7am tomorrow.
* The above products were sent to me in accordance with my disclosure policy. You can read more about it here.
This week is Spring Clean week on Styling You. Every day there will be a post aimed at helping you get ready for the new season. Hope you enjoy.