Spring is just around the corner. You know what that means? It’s time for some serious spring cleaning! And there’s no better place to start than with your makeup. Just follow our Katherine Natural Cosmetics easy, five-step guide to get your makeup drawer ready for the new season.




By spending a few minutes now to clean and organize your makeup drawer, you’ll be helping to keep your skin healthy all season long. The ugly truth is that nothing can ruin your look faster than old makeup, and dirty brushes and sponges. The bacteria, dirt and oil lurking in these products can cause break outs, skin irritation and eye infection. Gross, right?

Organizing your makeup drawer is about more than safety, though. By de-cluttering your makeup stash, you’ll also be saving yourself both time and effort. Yep, no more digging through cluttered, messy drawers looking for what you need!

But the best part of organizing your makeup drawer is that it gives you an excuse to do something we know you love: buy new makeup!  We have to be be honest here, that’s really all the motivation we need to get the job done.



Step One: Dump the Drawer

Kick off your spring cleaning by removing every item from your drawer and placing the products on the bathroom counter or a towel.  Don’t get lazy – take it all out!

Next, give the drawer a good clean using your favorite cleaning product. Make sure to remove any makeup residue, dirt, dust, and bits of broken product. If you are using any makeup drawer organizers or dividers, make sure to give them a scrub too.

Step Two: Throw Out Expired Items

Next, turn your attention to your makeup. It’s time to toss any product that’s damaged or past it’s prime – no matter how much you love it or how expensive it was to buy. Unlike food products, makeup doesn’t come with an expiration date printed on the packaging. In general, though, here’s how long makeup lasts (see below chart).

It’s important to also use some common sense in determining if a product is too old to use. If a beauty item begins to dry out, clump, smell funny, change color or separate, it’s time to toss it or replace it. 

Makeup Sponge 1 month
Mascara 3-6 months
Lip Gloss 3-6 months
Lipstick 12 months
Concealer 12-18 months
Makeup Brushes 1-5 years
Cream Foundation 18 months
Powder & Blush 2 years
Highlighter & Bronzer 2 years
Eyeliner Pencil & Eye Shadow 2 years








Step Three: Clean All Your Brushes and Sponges

The next step is to clean all your makeup brushes and sponges. To keep bacteria from building up your makeup tools, dermatologists recommend that you clean your brushes at least once a month, and sponges at least once a week.

Cleaning these items can sound time consuming but it’s actually easy and inexpensive to do. All you need is some fresh water, a small bowl, and some soap.

There are several cleaning products on the market these days made specifically for cleaning beauty tools.  We like Beauty Blender’s $13 liquid cleanser.  This cleaner, which can be used on both brushes and sponges, is made without any dyes or chemicals like parabens, sulfates or phthalates.

You can also get the job done by using a bar soap or a baby shampoo. Here at Katherine Natural Cosmetics, we’re fans of Dr. Bonner’s inexpensive, organic, pure Castile soaps which are made from vegetable oils instead of animal fat or synthetic detergents. 

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How To Clean Brushes:
  • To clean the brushes, run the bristles under warm, clean water until damp and all residual makeup is washed off. Do not use hot water and be careful not to get the handles wet.
  • Next, add a small amount of soap to a bowl of warm water. Loosen any remaining makeup or dirt from the brushes by gently swirling it in the water or rubbing the bristles between your fingers.
  • Rinse the brushes under lukewarm water until the water runs clear. Again, be mindful not to dampen the brush handles.
  • Dry your brushes with a clean, lint-free towel and re-shape the bristles, as needed.
  • Set the brushes on a counter to finish air drying. For best results, lay the brushes flat with the bristles hanging over the edge of a counter.  Laying them on a towel or standing them upright to dry can cause them to mildew. 
  • Do not use a blow dryer or a flat iron on your brushes
How To Clean Sponges:
  • Wet your sponge with warm water.
  • Add a pea-size drop of soap the the sponge and massage into the sponge to loosen makeup and dirt.
  • Rinse the sponge under warm water until the water runs clean.
  • Squeeze out any excess water and air dry.

Step Four: Purchase or Make Organizers

One of the easiest ways to avoid the clutter is by using or creating cute ways to store and display your makeup.  At Katherine Natural Cosmetics, we like to organize our products by makeup type and color, with our favorite, everyday products front and center.

We prefer using glass or plastic (acrylic) containers like this or this to hold our makeup because these containers are durable, easy to clean, and resistant to mold and bacteria.

How to organize your makeup drawer: katherine natural cosmetics makeup display

We often look for fun, more unconventional ways to display our makeup tools and brushes. Some of our favorites include glass cookie jarsemptied candle holdersantique-looking trays, cute coffee mugs, and even cake plates.

Depending on your style and amount of space, there are lots of inexpensive items out there to help you get the look you want. Need some more inspiration? Check out how some of our favorite bloggers display their makeup collections.  


Step Five: Re-Stock Your Favorite Makeup Itemskatherine cosmetics organize your makeup drawer bestsellers

Whew! Now that the hard part is done, it’s time to have some fun. The next step is to replace any essential items you’ve tossed.  It’s also the perfect moment to try out some new products to help you get the of-the-moment spring looks.

What’s on our shopping list?  We’re stocking up on the Katherine Natural Cosmetics’ bestselling Water-proof Eyeliner SolutionSiena’s Highlight and the K-Sport Wow Stick foundation stick with SPF 20.

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