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Pimp my makeup bag: What to buy and what to toss in your makeup bag

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Ever since we discovered makeup, every application has been a new experiment and a learning process on our faces. Sometimes you buy a product and after only one use you realize that you’ve wasted your money. Whether it doesn’t blend well, or it isn’t as pigmented as you’d like, money spent on makeup could be wasted. You should always be cautious of what products you are applying to your face, so taking care of your products is important too. 

Spring clean your makeup bag

It may be hard to let go of the makeup that you have splurged on, but it is important to take care of your face first. Take the life expectancies of makeup into account you’re sifting through your makeup bag.


Replace powder shadows every three months to avoid transferring bacteria from the product to the eyes.


Whether it’s liquid, pencil or gel, eyeliner should be replaced every three months as well. Pencils will last longer than liquid if you continuously sharpen them, but the pencil is officially dead once it develops a thin white film.


Replace lipsticks and glosses after a year, but toss it if you’ve been sick. The lipstick has gone bad when it gets hard or no longer spreadable.


Switch up mascaras every two to three months to avoid redness and itchiness in the eye.


The majority of foundations are water-based, so bacteria love them. Once the seal is broken, foundation can last six to 12 months.Keep foundations out of moist environments, such as your bathroom, and away from heat, as those conditions can encourage spoiling. Applying expired foundation can cause irritation and breakouts.


Concealers in either powder or stick form can last up to two years. Toss it when the shade starts to shift away from the original coloring.

Products that are worth the splurge

While you can find cheap options of makeup at drugstores and Walmart, there are some products that are worth the splurge. Products that are worth the splurge are often made with materials that last longer and are better for your skin. By being better quality, they’ll show up not only better on your face, but in pictures as well. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel & Brow Wiz ($22, $21)

Using a smear-proof brow gel achieves more defined looking eyebrows to frame your face. It’s also a celebrity favorite amongst the Kardashian Klan. 

MAC Lipstick ($16)

Russian Red & Media have a fan-following amongst customers. The lipsticks are priced a little more than drugstore products, but last forever.

Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder ($34)

When you buy an expensive setting powder, you can sometimes skimp on pricey foundation. Make Up Forever’s Microfinish Powder is translucent and works for all skin tones and doesn’t dry out skin. 

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push-Up Liner ($24)

When buying a precise liquid eyeliner, you don’t want one that will smear over time. Benefit’s 24 hour long lasting liquid liner is conveniently waterproof and won’t budge unless you wipe it off with makeup remover. It also won the 2014 Best of Beauty and Beauty Breakthrough Allure Magazine Award.

Dior DiorShow Waterproof Mascara ($25)

This waterproof volumizing mascara lengthens eyelashes to a new extreme. This cult favorite was inspired by Dior makeup artists who would use plush toothbrushes to coat models’ lashes backstage for volume. 

Products for those on a budget

Often, people fall under the impression that in order to look like a million bucks, you’ve got to be willing to spend it. Although you may feel the need to splurge on select beauty products, there are many products that you can find for a decent price, that still do the trick. 

e.l.f Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette, 144 piece ($15)

Containing more colors than you can name, this palette is easily the perfect go-to for dressing up for any occasion. Ranging from neutral colors to bold vibrant colors that give you a 90s-­esque vibe, you’ll have a color to go with nearly anything. 

L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable liquid foundation ($10)

Paired with the perfect concealer, this foundation has just the right amount of coverage that is sure to leave your skin looking natural and dewy. 


Body Shop Tea Tree Concealer ($5)

With a simple swipe and dab on the desired area, you can easily hide a blemish. Not only does this concealer give you light coverage with a natural glow, but it also treats blemishes with each application. 

e.l.f. Cosmetics 12 Piece Brush Set ($12)

With all of the basic brushes makeup enthusiasts should have, this brush kit is perfect for beginners, or anyone looking to expand their brush collection at a cheap price. 


Ardell Fashion Lashes ($3.50)

Face it, long-lush volumized eyelashes are a must. The kit comes with a simple step-by-step tutorial on how to apply eyelashes. So, whether you slap on falsies for a night out on the town, or use them for an everyday look, this is a must-have.