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Tips on keeping a Clean Cosmetic Bag

by Jenny

 Tips on keeping a Clean Cosmetic Bag

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If you work in the beauty industry or are a professional makeup artist, you must maintain a clean cosmetic bag. Your cosmetic bag is the key to your livelihood as it contains all of the tools you need to be successful in your industry. Regularly assessing the products in your cosmetic bag, renewing old products, and maintaining cleanliness is essential.  


That being said, it can be tricky to keep your cosmetic bag both clean and up to date! Schedules get busy, and your cosmetic bag is probably one of the first things that will get pushed to the side when life is hectic. Make sure you prioritize cleaning your cosmetic bag and make it a habit to review it contentiously. 


Keep reading for a detailed breakdown of a few tips and tricks that I use to ensure that my cosmetic bag is always in top-notch shape organized by product health and cleanliness tips. 

General Tips

Generally, you should begin the process of cleaning your cosmetic bag by sorting through all of the products in your cosmetic bag. Discard all products that are broken, followed by all products that are low in product or empty. Additionally, throw out all left-over pencil shavings, broken pencils, etc. 

Product Expiration

Once you have discarded all products that are and/or empty, take a look at the dates on all of your products. I usually recommend that you write down the date when you purchase a new product in case later on the expiration date is smudged and indiscernible. If you don’t have the date you bought the product and can’t remember exactly when you purchased it, that is okay! Product expiration is relatively easy to catch on to. 


For example, mascara lasts for around three to four months after opening it. Out of all your makeup products, mascara is usually the quickest to expire. Make sure you toss all old mascaras to avoid eye infections or bacteria. 


In contrast, lipsticks, lip glosses, and most texture products like shadow, matte powders, and foundations last for about two years. Face creams, serums, and cleansers will typically last you anywhere from three to 24 months, depending on the product ingredients. 


As a rule of thumb, you should toss any product that you feel iffy about, smells funny, or is visibly dried out or gunky. When in doubt, Google it! 

Cleanliness Tips 

Now that you have discarded broken, empty, or expired products, your cosmetic bag should be considerably lighter. Next, you will need to clean all of your products. Clean each of your products with a damp towel and then dry them with a towel or soft cloth. Do the same with the inside of your empty cosmetic bag until it looks brand new. If your cosmetic bag is a washing machine safe, you can use the washing machine. 


Next, it is time to tackle your makeup brushes. How you clean your brushes will depend on what your brushes are made of. 


If you have synthetic hair brushes, you will want to clean them with grease remove products. After you thoroughly massage the brushes, make sure to rinse them in lukewarm water until you are confident that there is no remaining soap. Leave your brush to dry flat on a towel. 


If you have natural hair brushes, you will want to clean them with a mild shampoo. Avoid using hot water! Instead, rinse the brushes in cold or lukewarm water. You will then apply an intensive hair conditioner. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse the brushes again until all soap is gone. 


Clean your sponges using the same tips as above, or purchase new ones! 


Extra tip: Invest in a cosmetic bag that has separate compartments. This will keep your products organized and will ensure your products last longer. 


Keeping a clean cosmetic bag may feel tricky at first, but once you do it consistently a few times, it will become a part of your routine, and you will wonder how you ever lived without maintaining a clean cosmetic bag. Again, try to make it a priority! I love to add a dedicated time slot on my calendar every few weeks as an easy reminder.

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