Real Simple Style Makeup Makeup-Organizing Checklist Makeup-Organizing Checklist Quick steps to streamline your overstuffed makeup bag and find the beauty products you actually use. Advertisement Save FB Tweet ellipsis More Pinterest Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Image zoom Charles Masters Checklist Empty makeup bag. Dump contents on a flat colorsafe surface, such as a bathroom counter. Toss old products. Discard any old, expired, or broken items. In general, mascara and liquid eyeliner expires after three to four months; eye and lip pencils, three to five years; lipstick and lip gloss, two to three years; and foundation, about two years. Reasses your makeup stash. Keep only what you are really going to use. Place products in organizing trays. Keep items together: all eye shadows, all lip liners, all blushes, and so on. Consider a pencil organizer to keep brushes upright and easy to access or a vanity tote if you’d like to move cosmetics from room to room. Store lipsticks upright. Since you can see their names, you’ll choose the one you want at a glance.