Makeover your makeup

03/30/2010 9:20 PM

12/10/2010 11:23 AM

Spring weather sends me into a decluttering frenzy. And considering the state of my messy makeup stash, there's no better place to start.

Want to join me in my spring cleaning? Here's how.

- Do the toss test. Cosmetics typically don't have expiration dates on them. So use common sense and throw out items that are crumbly, smell funky or have changed color or consistency. One thing I'm a stickler about: mascara. Bacteria can build up on mascara wands, so change tubes every 3 months.

- Wash and wear. Most makeup artists recommend that you wash your brushes every week. Use warm water and a mild soap. (I like
Dr. Bronner's lavender liquid soap .) Then let your brushes air dry on the counter.

Round up. I used to store my stuff in little makeup bags. But then I never knew exactly how many lip glosses I had. I would buy more, only to realize later that I already possessed that posy shade of pink. Solution: I picked up a desk organizer and grouped cosmetics by category. Now I'm coveting this
adorable caddy from Target: it would be perfect to hold brushes, eye pencils and lip glosses.

- Go green. While there's no need to toss perfectly good makeup, you can gradually replace items with greener alternatives. Look for beauty products that are free of parabens, sulfates and synthetic dyes/fragrances. The natural/organic section on Sephora is a great place to start. Right now, you can score this gorgeous
Spring Greening Tarte set on sale. It includes the perfect spring palette: six eyeshadows and three lip glosses packaged in the cutest reusable straw compact.

Clearing out clutter - it's a beautiful thing!

Caddy from Target ($27.99):

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Tarte Spring Greening Palette from Sephora ($19):

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