I have to admit there has come a point in my life where I just feel like downsizing my entire makeup collection. But sanity soon returns and I just think up extra ways to organize my makeup life versus downsizing it.
Here are 5 ways to organize your makeup life that may or may not help get that big old beauty stash under control!
Label Everything with Expiration Dates
Head to amazon.com and purchase yourself a cheap label machine and start labeling your makeup, perfume, and skincare after each purchase. Believe me, this goes a long way at helping you to keep tracking what stays and what has to go. I place a small date of purchase label on the bottom of all my skincare! I keep the boxes my fragrances come in and label the inside flap with a date of purchase. Likewise for makeup compacts, etc…..When you start checking those dates after a year or two it’ll help a lot knowing that the product is well within or well past its expiration date if you have a huge stash and can’t recall exactly when you made a purchase! This is particularly helpful with skincare as I have a lot which I use in rotation and sometimes I won’t use one particular item for a long time and forget when I purchased it and how old it is. That little label reminds me if it’s a tosser or not!
Keep your Staples, Essentials, Favorites, and Most Reached for Makeup Separately
Do yourself a massive favor and head to the Container Store or some online shop and buy a little storage unit, makeup bag, or train case to keep your beauty staples and essentials in. I use Benefit Lemon Aid Daily, Em The Great Cover Up Concealer, and I’m always using NARS Orgasm Blush, and the new Maybelline Shine Shot is getting a daily work out too. All of these items I tuck away separately because I don’t want to have to look for them in my huge sea of makeup and beauty. Believe me it saves a lot of time if you have your favorite foundations, concealers, lipsticks, blushes, and other goodies that you use often in one spot.
Rotate your makeup and your perfumes! Believe me if you don’t you’ll be sorry because they’ll go bad before you have a chance to use them. I like to rotate my stash every season. It gives me a fresh new set of makeup or fragrance to look through plus I’m not always looking at the same shades and products by being too lazy to rotate.
Organize by Season not by Color or Brand
Some folks like to organize their makeup collections by color and others by brand but I organize by season. I like to bring out all my nudes in the Fall, I like golden peach blushes in the Summer, I love sparkly shades for the Holidays, etc…! Organizing beauty items and makeup colors by season will get your beloved products more air time.
Don’t Be Scared to Toss It
Ok, so you’re not going to want to part with the limited edition Dior Blush you brought twenty years ago which is unused. But everything else? Toss it! Anything you can easily replace should be tossed if it is old and thanks to the handy labeling system I described above it should be easier than every to scale down and toss items that are expired or aging!