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Five Tips to Declutter Your Makeup in the New Year

Around this time of year, we start to see if New Year’s resolutions are sticking or long forgotten. It can be a challenge to reprogram habits and commit to a resolution and it’s not for everyone. Many opt to instead do a deep cleaning or organize clutter, whether it be inside pantries, gadgets, closets or even makeup vanities! Now is a good time to assess your makeup collection and get rid of any products not being used. Read on for five good tips on how to declutter your makeup in the new year!

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Organizing makeup is always an ongoing task. Especially when you use a lot of the products you own. Your makeup collection can take over your vanity pretty quickly and what better time to take control than now? Follow these simple tips and have a fresh, clean start in 2016!

Tip #1: Figure out what to keep and what to toss.
If you can’t remember the last time you used a product, it might be a sign that you don’t really need it. Get rid of it!  You may realize you haven’t used a Motives lipstick shade in months but still really like it and just forgot you had it. In this case, put it in a place where you can easily spot it while doing your makeup. If you still don’t end up using it, it’s clearly time to toss it.

Tip #2: Ask yourself, “Do I have duplicates of this item?”
It’s easy to be mesmerized by gorgeous makeup products, and you may not even realize that you have several shades that look basically the same. This is why it’s important to gather everything together in one place and assess. You may notice that you have five million nude lipsticks, or a stack of warm pink blushes. You probably only need one or two at the most. Keeping just your favorites and ditching the rest will save you space and ensure that you use your favorites more often. Ideally, after this you will also be more mindful of what you already own, keeping you from “accidentally” repurchasing dupes in the future.

Tip #3: Storage Solutions
If you love a product but don’t have a place to store it, it’s time to make a decision. Either you toss it or create a storage solution for it. Luckily, there are tons of makeup storage solutions that will help keep you organized. Offering 4% Cashback and free shipping on orders over $75, we love these stackable storage bins found at The Container Store!

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Tip #4: Cleanliness is Important
Makeup products can get pretty messy with powders and foundations getting all over other products. Makeup brushes also carry a lot of bacteria and it’s important to wash them out regularly. We love using mild soaps like baby shampoo. Our favorite is DNA Miracles Wash/Shampoo because it’s gentle to use on brushes and won’t cause damage to the hairs and fibers. We all know that quality brushes can get costly so it’s important to use proper care when cleaning them. We recommend cleaning out brushes once a month if used on yourself only. And if used regularly on different faces, it’s a good idea to clean brushes very client.

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Tip #5: Beautify your Space
Another great tip in keeping your vanity pleasant is to beautify it! Try adding fresh flowers, elegant trays, fancy perfume bottles or candles and even fashion books add a chic touch! Decorating your vanity will inspire you to keep it visual appealing and a space that you’ll want to return to regularly! We love these trays from with 5% Cashback and Mrs. Meyer’s candles for their potent fragrances- try the scent in Geranium for a beautiful floral fragrance!

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Once you follow these helpful tips, your beauty space will be decluttered, organized and beautiful. It’s a wonderful way to start your 2016! Are you making moves on organizing your makeup for the new year? If so, we want to know what steps your making to declutter your space in the comments below!

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