Makeup can often become a cluttered and disorganized mess. If you find yourself spending more time digging than you do applying makeup, you should keep reading for great tips to organize a makeup kit for your daily use as well as one for those special events.
Put Together a Makeup Kit:
Take time to find a large area where you can spread the materials that you are going to use. This isn’t a project to rush through.
Take out all of your makeup and skin care products and go through them. These are some of the most common items in a makeup kit:
Lipstick and/or Lipgloss.
Evaluate what you wear daily and what you don’t. Consider what you have time to apply and what is only used for special events. Be prepared to have 5-6 piles before you’re done. Gather your items into piles including:
Daily wear – These are your basic colors that match almost anything you wear with the coordinating lipstick. Keep it simple unless you want to carry a suitcase around every day.
Skin care – Heal cracked skin on the face. This includes your moisturizers, makeup removers, serums, sunscreens, acne treatments, etc. You can also include cotton balls, q-tips, etc
Removal of makeup may be necessary if you travel, play sports or just don’t like having make up on all day. To save space, buy a package of pre-moistened face cleansing cloths.
Special occasion – This includes more dramatic colors, infrequently worn colors, products you purchased to match special outfits, wild colors used for Halloween, shimmer powder you wear out to clubs, false eyelashes or anything else you rarely wear.
Seasonal (optional) – Tanning can cause your skin tone to vary from season to season. People who tan often have different foundation and powder shades they use in the summer. If you tan during the summer you may need to make an additional pile for your darker summer colors (or tan free winter colors).
Dispose of anything that is old, broken or causes irritation it’s old, you should get rid of it. Old makeup collects bacteria, separates and may flake off or not apply as well.
Look at your make up application tools. Are they sufficient? Dirty? Floating around in the bottom of a drawer or bag? These become dirty and bacteria filled quickly. Toss out any used sponge applicators that came with the makeup and invest in good washable brushes. Dispose of any dirty foundation sponges and powder puffs. By using clean brushes you can extend the life of your makeup by eliminating the amount of bacteria and oils you are introducing into it. Brush kits and brush bags are usually sold at mall makeup counters and makeup stores. The brush bags will keep your brushes organized, protect the brush ends from bending and keep your application tools clean.
Clean application tools as needed. Clean eye liner by rubbing an alcohol soaked cotton ball over the pencil and sharpening the tip completely. Clean brushes in antibacterial soap and rinse until they are clean. If your brushes look tangled, deformed or if they are so full of makeup you don’t have to actually add make up each time, you need to dispose of those and start fresh.
Examine your piles and try to gauge what size bag you will need. If you don’t have something big enough or with the necessary pockets you should start shopping. It’s always better to go with something slightly larger than something too small.
Go shopping at a local drug, beauty supply, department or discount store and browse for makeup bags or kits. Make sure it can hold everything you plan on putting into it including your brush bag.
Train cases are usually hard side and have extending shelves for organization. These can be heavy and bulky but protect well.
Bags vary in size and construction. Look for something made for makeup as it will probably have an interior that will wipe clean, zip closed to avoid spilling and have padded or quilted exterior to offer extra protection.
Small tackle boxes are usually larger than the train cases, less expensive and great for organizing a lot of makeup. This is an excellent product for special occasion makeup as you can easily see what you have available. Since you don’t wear it all the time it’s easy to forget what you have.
If you don’t carry your make up with you and only apply it at home you can use a basket or drawer to store your daily makeup.
Organize your makeup into the appropriately sized bags or kits. Put your brushes in their own bag or kit to keep them clean and protected and put this in your daily bag or kit.
Now pat yourself on the back! Your makeup is organized and you should be on your way to a less stressful and efficient make up routin