How to Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

April 19, 2021
Alyssa Kaplan
By: Alyssa Kaplan | by L'Oréal
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If you’ve ever been embarrassed by the status of your makeup bag, we’re right there with you. Whether it’s just a bit dirty from daily use or it’s packed to the brim with products making it hard to find what you’re looking for, there always seems to be a reason to justify cleaning it out. Case in point: as new mask-proof makeup products are slowly but surely making their way into our 2021 collections, there’s no better time to swap our old foundation, lipstick and powders for new transfer-resistant formulas. Ahead, we share our best tips for spring cleaning your makeup bag for the new season.

Purge Old Products

The first step to spring clean your makeup bag is parting ways with the makeup that’s past its prime. As much as you love that one perfect lipstick (which you’ve seemingly had forever), the rule of thumb is that you should be tossing it after about one year. You should also check out how long you’ve had your mascara because they have a short shelf life—the wand can attract bacteria that can irritate and harm your eyes. Products with the longest shelf life include blush, bronzers and other face powders. Check out this guide to makeup expiration dates to help you figure out which products you should be kissing goodbye.

Clean Everything (Including the Bag Itself)

After you dig through the contents of your makeup bag and part with your old products, clean any smeared makeup out of it with a makeup wipe. If the bag is made of cloth, throw it in the washing machine. Clean the outside of your makeup products with a makeup wipe to remove any gunk, and take the time to thoroughly clean your makeup brushes and beauty tools (don’t forget to dry them properly, too!). 

Save Space With Multipurpose Products

True makeup lovers know the struggle of trying to fit all of their favorite everyday products into one makeup bag. This season, opt for more multipurpose products to save money and space. Check out a few of our favorites below:


NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Luminous Tinted Skin Serum

Use this tinted serum on its own as a light base to provide a bit of coverage and even out the skin or mix it into other foundations to sheer them out for a more dewy finish.

NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Luminous Tinted Skin Serum

Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Sticks

Combine your eyeshadow and liner in one with these shadow sticks. Apply them on the lash line for definition, or blend them out on the lid for a diffused look. The best part? There’s no brush needed!

Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Sticks

NYX Professional Makeup This Is Milky Gloss

These new milky glosses are the perfect lippies for spring and summer. They’re lightweight, ultra glossy and provide creamy hydration. Opt for the sheer shades if you just want some shine and moisture, or grab a more pigmented shade like the dark brown Milk The Coco if you’re feeling bold.
NYX Professional Makeup This Is Milky Gloss

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Les Nus Intense Nude Lipsticks 

These Les Nus lipsticks are smooth, incredibly pigmented and come in stunning neutral shades—making them perfect for more than just lips. They can be blended onto the cheeks for a natural flush of color and even applied to the eyelids to complete a monochromatic makeup look.

Fill With Spring Trends

Now it’s time to fill your bag with new trending products for the season! The new L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up To 24H Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder hit viral status on TikTok, and we understand why. It’s incredibly soft, lightweight and provides a matte full-coverage finish. 

Another trending product we love is serum blush. The dewy finish and ultra-light texture makes it a great option for minimal makeup days and glassy blush looks alike. Add the NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Luminous Cheek Serum to the open spot in your newly spring-cleaned bag, ASAP. 

Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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