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It’s a New Year and the perfect time for a makeup clean out. Out with the old and in with the new. It’s a chance at starting things over for the better. Although any time is a great time to improve upon things, there seems to be a greater push at the start of the year.

The best way to get started on your makeup clean out is to pull out all of your cosmetics and place them on table. Pull out all of your makeup, lotions, creams, toners, washes, soaps, essences, mists, nail polishes, and cosmetic brushes. You’ll probably be surprised by how much stuff you actually have.

Spreading things out will help you to take inventory of everything. Grab a trash bag and 2 boxes (or bags) and label them as Trash, Give Away, Keep. Group similar items together so you’ll know that you really have 5 mascaras and not just 3 of them.

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Once you’ve grouped things together, pick one group to start with and check the expiration dates. Throw out anything that is expired. If there isn’t a date written on the item, and you can’t remember when you got it – throw it out. Additionally, if something smells rancid, moldy, sour, or just bad, then you should toss it. It doesn’t technically have to be expired to be dangerous. It’s best to not take any chances on your health and getting sick from contaminated cosmetics.

Remember to check your cosmetic brushes, applicators and sponges for wear. If a brush is shedding on a regular basis then it should be trashed. Cracked applicators and sponges should also visit the garbage bin, along with anything that smells bad.

After removing all of the old, rancid, expired products you should consider your remaining stock. Do you really need 6 bottles of body lotion? Give the unopened ones away to a friend or family member. They’ll most likely go bad before you get around to using all of them.

What You Should Keep

As far as makeup goes, if you’re a makeup artist then you may want to keep everything that is still usable. You never know what colors or textures you may need for your next client or project. However, if you’re not a professional makeup artist or aspiring to become one then you have a couple options. First, you can just toss it out and chalk it up to a loss. Second, you can give it to a friend who might benefit from that particular product. Lastly, if you’re the adventurous type or are strapped for cash, try blending it with another shade to create something new. Cut and melt two or three different shades of lipstick to form a new shade that better suits you.

In conclusion, get rid of anything that has gone bad or you don’t use. This will make you feel less cluttered, keep you from getting sick and open up more space for new stuff!