Girl, Clean Your Makeup Bag!

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Spring cleaning is so satisfying. Everything feels fresh and clean. But did you forget something? Here’s how to clean your makeup bag–and everything in it!

A Fresh Start

If you use an actual bag, empty it out, flip the bag inside out, and give it a good wipe with antibacterial wipes. You can also simply throw a cloth bag in the washing machine. If your makeup bag is actually a Caboodle or drawer or whatever, you should wash it out with hot, soapy water.

The idea is to create a nice, lint-free home for the makeup you allow back in the bag.

Be Ruthless

Let’s get all Marie Kondo on this sitch. Take out every product you own and pile it on a clean towel. Are you shocked by how much you own? Maybe even a little ashamed? It’s okay. Plenty of us can’t resist the latest palettes or clearance lipstick.

Open every case and tube to make sure the makeup is still in good condition. Then get real with yourself about whether you’ll ever actually use that unicorn highlighter or the brick-red lippie that makes you look like Pennywise the Clown.

It’s a good rule of thumb to toss any makeup you haven’t worn in 6 months, which brings us to our next makeup bag cleaning tip.

Check the Dates

Most of us keep makeup for way, way too long. For example, you should replace your mascara every 3 months. Lipstick and liner can last up to 3 years. Foundation falls somewhere in the middle and should be replaced after no more than a year.

Get in the habit of writing the date you opened the makeup somewhere on the package itself with a permanent marker. That way, you’ll never end up with gross, gunked-up mascara lurking in the bottom of your makeup bag for years on end.

Clean Your Tools

Makeup brushes and blenders get nasty. Most of us don’t bother to clean them often enough–if ever. Do you really want to keep using those things on your precious, beautiful face?

Dip the bristles (not the entire thing, which can harm the glue in the brush head) into hot water, then swirl your brush in baby shampoo. Rinse it out and then prop up the handle for the brush to air dry point-down.

You can also wash your beauty blenders really easily in plain old dish soap and water. Get in the habit of washing all your tools every 2 weeks to prevent oil, bacteria, and other gross buildup. A clean makeup bag is a happy, healthy makeup bag–and a happier, healthier you, too!