Is your bathroom cabinet at crisis point? Is your dressing table a disaster? Try our six-stage shortcut to cosmetic de-cluttering.
1) Try grouping your cosmetics into day and evening looks and storing them in plastic makeup trays or organised within a drawer. It makes them so much easier to find.
2) Pay attention to use-by dates. Everyone's guilty of keeping dried-up mascara and outdated lipstick but, for the sake of your skin's health, it's best to have regular throw-outs.
3) Keep skincare products in the bathroom and apply them straight after a shower when your skin is still warm. You will use less, which is probably a good idea when it comes to something special.
4) Store perfume in a drawer since no cosmetics, and especially fragrance, should be stored in direct sunlight.
5) Stand cosmetic brushes, bristle end up, in a jar. Wash them with a gentle shampoo or special cosmetic brush detergent like Clinique's Makeup Brush Cleanser, $37, every two weeks or so to keep them totally free from infection.
6) Buy two of the best. That absolutely perfect shade of lipstick deserves a doppelganger. One for home, one for work or your makeup bag.
IF IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT
Keep tabs on use-by dates with this handy guide.
Liquid and cream foundation, power and concealer: Up to two years.
Mascara: Up to six months.
Lipstick, lip and eye pencils: 12 to 18 months.
Eyeshadow, powder or cream blusher: Up to two years.
Body moisturiser and face cream: About a year - many will last longer but they can be contaminated by finger dipping.
Sunscreen: Up to two years but being mindful of expiry dates - which may differ from product to product - is incredibly important. Store away from the heat (eg avoid leaving in the glove box over summer).
Acne products: Four to six months - benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, common blemish-fighters, decay quite quickly.
Peels and masks: About three to four months - the potency of anything containing glycolic or fruit acids can increase as their buffering agents evaporate. This could cause irritation.
Grainular scrubs: Up to two years - but an open tub can become a bacterial breeding ground.
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