A step-by-step guide on how to glow up your makeup bag this season

Every beauty guru knows that cleaning out your makeup bag often serves as a much-needed act of self care. By keeping your products clean and your space decluttered, you'll feel confident inside and out—no matter what your aesthetic is. This season, treat your cosmetics bag to a makeover of its own with these five easy steps that'll have your brilliance and beauty shining through! 

Step One: Organize

First, take a look at what you already have in your makeup bag. Then, separate what you want to keep from what you want to toss. Throw away expired makeup, empty tubes and anything you haven't used in the last six months. If you're not sure whether to keep something, ask yourself: Does wearing this make me feel good on the inside, too? Only keep products that you love *and* enjoy wearing!

Step Two: Clean 

Clean your brushes and wipe down all of your products with a fresh makeup removal wipe. Keeping your makeup clean helps to keep bacteria and dirt away from your face, Once you've wiped everything down, make sure you're stocked up on makeup remover, whether you prefer wipes, micellar water or another type of liquid remover.  

Step Three: Get Inspired

Now that you know what you already have, take some time to figure out what products you want to add to your collection. Is there a new palette you've been eyeing? What TikTok makeup trends are filling up your FYP? Think about what new looks you want to try and find products that you'll feel the most comfortable wearing. Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and try something new, even if it's just a different shade of lip gloss.

Step Four: Treat yourself

That's right—treat yourself!  Restock your everyday favorites or buy a new statement product (like a vibrant eyeliner!). Although it can be intimidating to wear something you aren't used to, remember that whatever you wear is meant to make you feel beautiful both inside and out. Plus, you *might* just find a new must-have. 

Step Five: Shine

The last and most *important* part of the glow up is to allow your inner confidence to shine through. Whether you rock a full glam look or stick to the basics, don't forget that beauty comes from within. Only wear what makes you feel good, and remember to appreciate what makes you you!

What's your go-to makeup look? Let us know on Twitter @girlslife! 

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by Lena Genovese | 10/28/2021