4 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Makeup Bag

If your cosmetics bag is out of control, a spring cleaning may be in order. From that product that exploded inside to the collection of cosmetics you’ve carried around for years, a makeup overhaul can do wonders for your peace of mind and your health.

Check out our tips for spring cleaning your makeup bag:

Toss Old Products

A first step to taming your cosmetics bag or vanity is to toss any products that are past their prime. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, eye-area cosmetics tend to have shorter shelf lives than other products, which can cause serious eye infections.

“While cosmetics products are not required by law to have specific shelf lives or expiration dates on their labels, there are things you can do proactively to keep your cosmetics safe,” said Ann Moser, MD, primary care physician at CHI St. Joseph Health. “If your mascara becomes dry, don’t try to remoisten it. Toss it. Don’t share makeup, and keep your containers and applicators clean.”

Pitch your cosmetics according to the following guide:

Foundation/Concealer: 6-12 months
If foundation begins to separate, or there’s a change in smell or how your skin reacts, it may be time to throw your foundation away.

Eye Shadow: 3-6 Months
If your eyes begin to get irritated, red, or itchy, it’s probably time to get rid of your shadow.

Blush, Bronzer and Face Powders: Up to 2 Years
If you keep these products in a cool, dry place (not in your bathroom), these products can last a couple years or more. You can also prolong their shelf life by spritzing and cleaning your brushes regularly.

Lipstick and Lip Gloss: Up to 1 Year
Changes in texture and smell are signs your lipstick or gloss is past its expiration.

Mascara: 3 Months
If mascara dries out, becomes clumpy, or begins to smell off, it’s gone bad. Because the wand is in direct contact with your lashes, it can attract bacteria quickly.

Eyeliner: Up to 1 Year
Compared to liquid liner, kohl eye and brow pencils have a longer shelf life because they are constantly being sharpened to reveal new layers.

Clean Your Products and Your Makeup Bag

If your bag is made out of cloth, you can throw it in the washing machine. Wash off your products and a non-cloth bag inside and out with a makeup wipe. If you tend to go through cosmetics bags, you might consider just replacing your bag.

“It’s also a good idea to thoroughly clean your makeup brushes and beauty tools,” said Dr. Moser. “This helps to keep your products and applicators more hygienic.”

Consider Investing in Products That Do Double Duty

If you tend to collect products, you might take an opportunity to find multi-purpose products to save money and space. For example, buy a palette with blush, bronzer, and highlighter or a dual eyeshadow and eyeliner stick.

Update Your Products

The fun part of spring cleaning your cosmetics bag is the opportunity to replace outdated products and update your look. Check out your favorite magazines and websites for new spring products.



www.makeup.com “How to Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag”

www.fda.gov “Shelf Life/Expiration Dating”