Don't tell us you're too busy! We're going to make this fairly easy on you: try one of these beauty cleaning tasks every day, and by the end of the week, you'll be on your way to having a dope beauty "battle station." The alternative? You'll be using expired makeup with bacteria-infested tools — and won't have room for new swag!
Disinfect Your Beauty Sponge:
We are flagging this one, since it's the step many of us forget — or choose not — to do. (You know who you are.) Pros recommend cleaning it every day, and we're fans of this double-cleansing technique, especially if yours is stained. Replace sponges every three months. Also, buy your little guy a case or stand so it doesn't pick up extra bacteria laying on a counter.
Clean Your Makeup Brushes:
The more advanced method to do this is by DIYing an olive oil and antibacterial soap concoction. Or try the lazy-girl way: snag this Sephora Dry Shampoo for Brushes to simply mist your makeup tools. There's no drying time, so you can use them immediately. No excuses now!
Tidy Up Your Hair Brush:
Toss Out Expired Products:
We know parting with products — even if there's only a drop left — can be difficult. But if it's expired, then you have a solid excuse to let it go . . . into the garbage. "Time and exposure to air, sun, or heat can cause the active ingredients — the ones that give you the results — to become less and less active," Tata Harper said. "That's why I personally don't like to put anything on my skin that's more than a year old." Follow this rule — plus these more specific guidelines — for when makeup and skin care needs to be retired.
KonMari Your Stash:
Either buy Marie Kondo's bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up or rely on this cheat sheet to help you decide what to keep, toss, and donate. In general follow this mantra: if an item doesn't bring you joy, send it on its way.
Invest in Storage:
Once you'd made room for non-expired products you truly love, invest in chic, multifunctional beauty storage pieces. Your new organized vanity may just become an Instagram hit if you share a photo of it.