In your morning rush to get ready, you don’t have the time (or the patience) to root around in a makeup bag for the perfect shade of lipstick. Use this organizing technique to get a beautiful start to every day.

In your morning rush to get ready, you don’t have the time (or the patience) to root around in a makeup bag for the perfect shade of lipstick. Use this organizing technique to get a beautiful start to every day.

What You Need

  • Makeup, acrylic organizing trays and/or totes

Follow These Steps

  1. Empty makeup bag
    Dump contents on a flat colorsafe surface, such as a bathroom counter.
  2. Evaluate makeup
    Keep only what you are really going to use. 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.
  3. Place 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.
  4. Store lipsticks upright
    Since you can see their names, you’ll choose the one you want at a glance.

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