7 Things in Your Makeup Bag You Can Toss Right This Second
Because you don’t have time to rifle through a black hole
So your makeup bag is busting at the seams and your medicine cabinet looks like a Nars counter exploded? Time to KonMari your cosmetics. Here’s what you can get rid of without thinking twice.
Anything With Broken Packaging
You accidentally sent your beloved blush clattering to the bathroom floor, and it did not survive the impact. We feel your pain. There’s actually a genius way to salvage the makeup, but if the actual container broke, it’s time to move on.
Samples More Than a Month Old
Let’s face it: If you didn’t use it up right away, it’s probably not for you. Since you already have enough trouble finding your keys in your purse, do yourself a favor and toss the dead weight.
Anything That’s Not Quite Your Shade
If you’ve ever bought foundation that’s just slightly too dark or too light, stop telling yourself you’ll wear it when you’re tan (or in the UV-deprived heart of winter). Give it to a more suitably pigmented friend.
Nail Polish That’s Separated
Yes, technically you can buy polish thinner and shake these back into usability. But let’s be honest—if a color’s sitting around unused long enough to turn into a mini lava lamp, should you really be keeping it? No.
The “Extra” Stuff from Gift Sets
So you nabbed an Urban Decay combo around the holidays. Score! But if there are one or two things in there that you don’t actually use, it’s time to break up the family. Those sets are enticing, but next time you reach for one, make sure you actually like 80 percent of what’s in there and aren’t just getting it for the deal.
Makeup Brushes (or Tools) You Don’t Use
See that eye shadow crease brush you’ve used exactly twice? Either decide to work it into your everyday routine or send it on its way (to the trash).
Anything You Don’t Love on You
You tried out the punk lip trend…but felt more Walking Dead than punk rock. That’s OK—good for you for going for it! But keeping it around is just going to take up valuable space.