After a long, cold winter, we look forward to doing a little spring cleaning. To shed some of those extra layers and get ready for warmer weather. We can start swapping the bulky sweaters and scarves for light, flowy pieces in bright colours. Well, the same goes for our makeup.
It’s been a weird winter with Covid variants, vaccines/boosters, lockdowns, and more (idiotic) protests. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been wearing very minimal makeup all winter. But I’m ready to bust out the paint and get a little creative with my makeup. I’m ready to embrace the beauty and hope of spring and face it with some new spring makeup looks. Before we can do that, we have to take stock of our makeup and these 5 Makeup Spring Cleaning Steps to Get Your Makeup Ready for Spring will help do just that.
5 Makeup Spring Cleaning Steps to Get Your Makeup Ready for Spring
1. Round-up all your makeup and separate it into categories.
Get the makeup from your makeup bag, your vanity, the compartment in your car and in any random drawer. All of it. Then separate it into categories:
1) foundations (cream and powder), BB and CC creams, and tinted moisturizers;
2) concealers, colour correctors, contour creams/powders;
3) highlighters, bronzers, blushes, and finishing powders;
4) mascaras, eyeliners (liquid and pencils), and eyebrow tints;
5) eye shadows (all);
6) lip sticks, lip balms, lip glosses, lip liners…everything lip.
Once you’ve got everything together, remove any items that no longer suit you or your needs. Get rid of any broken product/palettes that make a mess every time you open them. It’s easier to understand what you need when you know what you have. For example, you may not need to purchase a whole palette when just a couple of pots of eyeshadow in specific shades will serve you better. No need for overbuying. Makeup doesn’t last forever. This brings us to…
2. Check your expiration dates
All makeup products have different expiration dates. Keep in mind, that the expiration date on makeup starts once the product is open/used and not when the product is purchased. To extend the longevity of your makeup, avoid using your hands to dig into the product’s container or touch the neck of bottles. Hands carry bacteria that can easily be transferred to your makeup and impact their lifespan. Also, if you have a cold sore, you will have to throw away any lip products that came in contact with it.
If you have any products that have a foul smell, or the formula has separated, or there were changes to the consistency/texture and/or wear of the product, then throw them away. These are indications the product has gone (or is going) bad and should be discarded immediately regardless of its anticipated expiration date. When in doubt, throw it out. It’s just not worth taking a chance.
Keep the chart below handy for your future reference
3. Do a little makeup spring cleaning
Now that you have rounded up all your makeup, tossed the old, broken and/or expired products, it’s time for a little makeup spring cleaning. It’s not just for your home, you know? Wipe down all the remaining makeup that you are keeping. You also want to wash your makeup bag, wipe down any containers or drawers that you keep your makeup in too. Clean it all.
4. Clean your makeup brushes
Makeup brushes should be washed once every 2 weeks and anytime they have come in contact with any bacteria or rash or infection you may have had. If you don’t have a brush cleaner, you just need some warm water, mild dish soap and a dash of olive oil. Rinse off the makeup on the brushes under warm water and then give them a good swirl in the warm water, mild dish soap, and olive oil. Next, you just have to lay them out to dry on a clean cloth and that’s it. For more detailed instructions you can read The Complete Guide to Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes.
If you notice some brushes with a lot of bristles missing or the bristles fall out easy, then it’s time to replace them.
5. Create a list of the makeup you need to purchase
Even though every season generally brings a new makeup look and routine, there is something special in the change that takes place going from winter to spring. After winter, you are so ready to embrace light and brightness. It’s the perfect time for it too. Now that you have gone through your makeup and ditched what you can’t use and cleaned what you’re keeping, it’s time to see what you need to achieve your perfect spring look. If you need some inspiration, you can read about the Spring 2022 Makeup Trends. Once you decide your look, make a list of the products you need so you don’t buy things you are not going to use.
We hope these 5 Makeup Spring Cleaning Steps to Get Your Makeup Ready for Spring help you prepare for your best spring look yet. What do you think of our steps? Are these steps you already perform? If not, how you do get your makeup ready for spring? Please let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear what your routine is.
Happy makeup spring cleaning 😊