Makeup Bag Makeover

Makeup maven Bobbi Brown offers 10 steps to simplify and organize your makeup.
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Notice that your makeup bag keeps getting bigger and bigger? Perhaps as you add new items, you haven't taken the time to purge the old stuff. Consider the following tips for paring down -- and ensuring you have the essentials for a lovely everyday face.

  1. Survey your gear. Dump all the contents of your makeup drawer or bag on the floor and take a good look at what you have.
  2. Check "freshness." Toss out any makeup that's gone bad. If it smells funny, has changed color, or has separated, its time is up.
  3. Transfer broken makeup to new containers. Liquid foundation can be poured into a different bottle; lipsticks with cracked caps can be sliced off and put into a palette container or a pillbox with day-of-the-week compartments; lip and eye pencils missing their caps can be stored in a Ziploc bag.
  4. Purge if necessary. Get rid of anything that you haven't used in two years. If you still can't figure out how to wear the super-trendy color you got last season, you'll probably never wear it. And don't bother keeping anything that makes you break out or doesn't feel right on your skin.

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