Divide and Conquer
Check for Quality
When it comes to the quality of your powder shadows, blushes, and bronzers, a fancy brand name or how much you paid for it shouldn't be a factor, says Wade. Here's a better way to gauge what deserves a place in your bag: First, dip your finger into the powder. It should feel silky and almost creamy. Next, look at your finger. The color should appear as opaque and rich as it did in the container. Last, run the powder across the top of your hand. It should spread easily, like a liquid. If a product fails these three tests, throw it out.
Narrow It Down
Do a Smell Check
The easiest way to tell if a product is still good is to take a whiff, says Wade. If it has a weird, chemical odor, get rid of it. Here's a general expiration guide:
Mascara: Three to four months
Foundation: Up to two years
Lipstick and lip gloss: Two to three years
Eye and lip pencil: Three to five years (as long as you sharpen them before each use)
Powder-based products: Two to three years
Toss What You Don't Use
Clean Your Brushes
The final step in your makeup bag makeover is cleaning your brushes, says Wade, who recommends that you do this every two weeks to keep them in good shape and prevent breakouts from oil and bacteria buildup. Use a drop of regular shampoo and warm water and then lay them flat to dry on a towel.
To make an appointment for a Makeup Bag Rx and expert-guided application lessons with Raychel Wade, visit her website at cheektochic.com.