10 Ways To Organize Your Makeup Mess

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Spring is the season for bright and bold makeup colors. After months of hiding our faces behind heavierfoundationand dark lipstick, warmer weather is a sign to bring back the pinks, oranges and thatsun-kissed glow. But before we (and you) start shopping for new shades, decluttering our current collection is not only good for saving space, it actually benefits our skin.

"Makeupcan go bad and be a breeding ground for bacteria over time. Using expired makeup is not only bad for your skin, but can also lead to nasty things like eye infections," saysJessica Jean Myers, a makeup artist based in Toronto.

Convinced? You should be. Below are Myers' 10 tips to declutter and organize your makeup mess.

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If You Don't Use It, Lose It!

Take a look at your current makeup drawer, do you really need all those lipsticks and eyeshadows? What about that color you <em>thought</em> you would like? If these questions are making you think about your collection, It's time to start chucking things out. "If you haven't used a particular product in the last six months, toss it or give it to a friend (after its been <a href="http://www.dailymakeover.com/blogs/positively-beautiful/2009/04/when-to-toss-old-makeup.html" target="_hplink">sanitized</a>). If you've had it for multiple years, definitely toss it. Makeup can go bad and be a breeding ground for bacteria over time. Using expired makeup is not only bad for your skin, but can also lead to nasty things like eye infections," says makeup artist Jessica Jean Myers.

Use Multi-Use Products

To save space and time, use products that are multi-purpose and multi-functional. "For makeup try finding products like<a href="http://faceatelier.com/face/ca/web.nsf/fmPublic!OpenForm&t=catalog&cat=fc2" target="_hplink"> Face Atelier's Facade</a> or <a href="http://www.narscosmetics.com/color/cheeks/the-multiple" target="_hplink">Nars' Multiple</a> -- both can be used on lips, cheeks and eyes and come in a variety of shades and colors making it a quick product on the go," Myers says.

Condense

If you love collecting eyeshadows, keeping all those single eyeshadows won't do you any good. "Single eyeshadows are bulky and take up space.  Instead, depot the product (remove from the single container) and put it in a freestyle palette that can hold multiple items from companies like <a href="http://www.yabycosmetics.com/" target="_hplink">Yaby Cosmetics</a> or <a href="http://www.zpalette.com/" target="_hplink">Z Palettes</a>. They are magnetic and empty and can hold a variety of different shapes and sizes," Myers says.

Use Common Household Products

Another great way to declutter is by making a few homemade makeup products at home. This way, you're not buying larger sized items and can create sample sizes in your kitchen. "Mix a bit of sugar with coconut oil for an all natural lip scrub. One tablespoon of gelatin and two tablespoons of milk mixed together and you have a homemade Biore pore strip," she says.

Press Your Pigments

Sure pigments (loose powders) look great, but they can also get really messy. "Buy empty eyeshadow pans and mix your loose pigments with rubbing alcohol and press into the pan. It's also a great way to repair those broken eyeshadows so they don't go to waste," Myers says.
Sure pigments (loose powders) look great, but they can also get really messy. "Buy empty eyeshadow pans and mix your loose pigments with rubbing alcohol and press into the pan. It's also a great way to repair those broken eyeshadows so they don't go to waste," Myers says.

Make Things Travel Size

Make a trip to your local dollar store and pick up a few travel-sized bottles. Next, transfer your almost-empty bottles of creams, shampoos and anything else in liquid form into them to save space.
Make a trip to your local dollar store and pick up a few travel-sized bottles. Next, transfer your almost-empty bottles of creams, shampoos and anything else in liquid form into them to save space.

Find Storage

"A lot of times when things are specifically marketed as makeup or hair cases, the cost can go up. There is no reason a tool box can't be used to store your makeup and hair products at a fraction of the cost," she says.
"A lot of times when things are specifically marketed as makeup or hair cases, the cost can go up. There is no reason a tool box can't be used to store your makeup and hair products at a fraction of the cost," she says.

Storing Makeup Brushes

Brushes are another important part of your collection that needs extra love and care. Leaving brushes inside dirty makeup bags or drawers can result in bacteria. "A practical way to keep your makeup brushes is in a vase type container with sand, gem vase fillers or pebbles and stand your brushes up in the container," Myers says.
Brushes are another important part of your collection that needs extra love and care. Leaving brushes inside dirty makeup bags or drawers can result in bacteria. "A practical way to keep your makeup brushes is in a vase type container with sand, gem vase fillers or pebbles and stand your brushes up in the container," Myers says.

Hair Accessory Organizer

"Use one of those clear over the door shoe organizers to hold all your hair accessories or tools: headbands, clips, elastics and straighteners," Myers says.
"Use one of those clear over the door shoe organizers to hold all your hair accessories or tools: headbands, clips, elastics and straighteners," Myers says.

Find Creative Storage

If you have tons of shelf space, adding tin cans with makeup in one and hair tools in another is a great way to store your collection and add a little decor to your space.
If you have tons of shelf space, adding tin cans with makeup in one and hair tools in another is a great way to store your collection and add a little decor to your space.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.