By: Jennifer Spindola
Do you find that it is getting harder and harder to keep your makeup space clean and organized?! According to nationally renowned professional organizer and decorator Taylor Spellman (president of NYC-based August-Black.com), consider giving your morning routine a “makeover” by reviewing your beauty supplies thoroughly and investing in a few low-cost organizers to help maintain the cleanliness and neatness of your cosmetics collection.
Ms. Spellman’s practical makeup organization tips include:
1. Group the Same Cosmetics Together – Separate makeup from cosmetic tools (e.g. eyelash curlers, powder brushes, etc.) and then sort your cosmetics by type of product. Be sure to discard any makeup with missing caps/tops or if it smells bad.
2. Ask Yourself a Question – “Have I worn this makeup in the past five months?” – If the answer is “no,” it might be time to toss it! Don’t forget that most makeup products have a short shelf life (i.e. because they touch many different parts of your face) and the LAST thing you want to do is spread bacteria around your face!
3. Forgo the Beauty Bags/Visit Your Local Office Supply Store – Yes, as a professional organizer, I am going to let you in on a trade secret – great beauty organizers can be found at office supply stores (e.g. Staples, OfficeMax, etc.)! These office accessories are often cost-effective, user-friendly and just easy to clean! Consider purchasing an acrylic desk drawer to separate eye shadows, foundations and powders. Try too, to invest in pencil holders to hold your mascara, eyeliners and lip liners. Lastly, purchase an acrylic art box, add beanbag fill and then stick your makeup brushes inside with the bristles facing up (to help maintain clean cosmetic tools).