Among all the many items in a woman’s handbag lies a smaller bag filled with makeup goodies. Some cosmetic bags are small, others are large, but one thing that is common in all bags are makeup essentials we can’t live without. But how exactly do you keep it organized (and clean)? Try our steps and you’ll be de-cluttered in no time.
1. Choose Wisely!
The first step to being organized is to select a makeup bag with various compartments. Also, if you’re accident prone, opt for a darker colored bag. “I always recommend a black nylon medium size zipper bar,” says makeup artist and beauty expert Stephanie Flor. “In case something breaks, a black bag that can be put in the laundry works best. But, if you like color, get a makeup bag that has color on the outside but hold your items in a Ziploc bag [on the inside] to keep the bag clean.”
Do you really need 10 eyeliners, when you really only use black? What’s the point in lugging around items you never use? Dump everything out and only throw in your must-haves. Flor suggests: 1 mascara, 2 lipsticks, 1 gloss and a palette of eyeshadows. Throw in a pocket mirror and you’re set.
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Stacking makeup just creates more possibilities for a mess. Select a bag that’s large enough so you don’t have to pile up your items.
4. Clean It
Unlike your luggage or purse, makeup bags tend to get messier faster because items always spill or leak. Therefore, it’s important to clean your bag on a regular basis. “You should clean your makeup bag every week,” says the New York-based makeup artist. “Then, once a month I toss it in the laundry and let it air dry.”
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