How to Organize Your Beauty Products to Streamline Your Routine
Do like Marie Kondo and spring clean your bathroom vanity.
You've likely seen or heard about Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, or maybe you already bought it and are still trying to live by her organizational concepts. Either way, her tips seriously help you declutter. The basic premise? Get rid of any objects that don't bring you joy, in order to simplify and streamline your life. While that philosophy may be a bit hardcore when it comes to your beauty routine, there is definitely something to be said about spring cleaning your stash and starting the season with a fresh start and fresh skin. Here, industry pros share their top tips for decluttering your makeup, skin care, and hair products so you can actually use them.
- Just like you would with your closet, start by dumping out everything you own, advises celebrity makeup artist Neil Scibelli. We're talking the stuff in your makeup bag (or bags), bathroom, closet, the whole shebang. "You need to be able to see it all and get your hands in it to better assess what you have," he says. Since makeup can harbor bacteria, throwing out anything that's old is a must. As a general rule, Scibelli says opened mascara should be thrown out after three months, cream foundations or blushes after six months, and powder products about a year. Another good rule to abide by? "If you haven't used it in a year-even if it's unopened-get rid of it," says Scibelli. "Make it a girl's night and invite some friends over to 'shop' from your stash of castaways."
- Streamline by getting rid of any doubles (think different shades of the same foundation or bronzer), says Scibelli. Lipstick can pose a tricky conundrum since many women have way more colors than they're actually using. He suggests limiting your lipstick wardrobe to, at most, five shades: one red, one coral, one berry, one pink, and one nude. But if that seems completely unreasonable, try his handy storage trick: Use a butter knife to slice the lipstick off its case, then place it in a pill case to save space and create a palate. You'll still be able to keep all your colors, but the compact storage solution takes up much less room than a ton of individual tubes.
- Keep the products that you use daily (foundation, mascara, a favorite lipstick) in a makeup bag that's somewhere easily accessible, like in a bathroom drawer. Store leftovers (say, that pill case of lipstick) in a closet or somewhere out of the way. Scibelli says he likes using clear acrylic drawers for this purpose. Just be sure to go through this stash every six months or so.
For Hair Care
- Throw out any shampoo or conditioner that's been opened for longer than four months. While most shampoos and conditioner have a fairly long life span if left unopened, "once opened they can start to harbor bacteria, dry out, or separate and not work properly," says Mouzakis. Red flags that indicate it's time to toss your sudser include changes in consistency or separation. Because shampoos and conditioners often have so much fragrance added to them, they may not start to smell any different, he adds.
For Skin Care
- Stick with skin care products that multitask-think things like anti-aging moisturizers with SPF or exfoliating face cleansers. You can likely replace 20 different products with three or four good ones that are doing more than one thing, says Nazarian.