Spring Cleaning Time: Tips From a Makeup Artist

Spring is here! Which means spring cleaning. As a Makeup Artist, that means going through my kit and performing what I like to call, “The Sift and Ditch”. I go through each and every product, checking how old it is, giving it the smell test and tossing anything that has expired.  How do you know it’s time to ditch your old products? Here is the basic breakdown of how long you should hold on to makeup in your bag:

Foundation- 1 Year
Facial Moisturizer with SPF- Check the bottle for expiration date
Any powder products (Face Powder, Blush, Shadow, Bronzers, etc.)- 2-3 Years
Lipstick, Gloss, Lipliner- 1 Year
Cream Shadows and Eye Primers- 1-2 Years
Eye Pencils- 1-2 Years
MASCARA- 3 Months, Tops!

I also suggest washing your makeup brushes. (When’s the last time you did?!) If you can’t remember how long ago it was, it’s time. What to use to clean with? For natural bristle brushes I love the Beauty Blender Cleanser diluted with some water, and for synthetic bristle brushes (concealer, lip, cream liner) use dish soap. Yes, dish soap, it’s the only thing that truly gets those brushes residue free. After gently squeezing out the excess water, reshape the brush and lay flat to dry on a towel. To increase the life of your tools, I suggest washing them at least every two weeks. Also, inspect the condition of your brushes, get rid of any misshapen or frayed brushes.

A couple more tips on keeping your cosmetics clean and bacteria free:

-If your makeup bag is machine washable, turn it inside out and give it a spin.
-Clean any tools such a tweezers, scissors or lash curlers.
-Sharpen your eye and lip pencils before use.
-Give all your products a smell to make sure there’s no funky odor. If there is, toss!

Now is the perfect time to replace any old products with some new spring goodies, happy cleaning!



Noel was born and raised in sunny Southern California. Growing up she pored over beauty and fashion magazines and knew from a very young age she would be a Makeup Artist. She enrolled in makeup school at the age of 17 and has been creating beautiful faces ever since.

Her clean style with a creative edge has brought her an ever expanding variety of clients including print advertising, music videos, editorial work and celebrities. Using both her own unique techniques and some borrowed from industry leading makeup artists she has assisted, such as Fiona Stiles and Aaron De Mey, she has done faces for fashions “It Girls”. Models Arizona Muse, Lily Donaldson and Dree Hemingway have all been in her chair.

Noel is based in Los Angeles and lives with her husband and two cats, Lulu and Olive.

Celebrity clients:Arizona Muse
Dree Hemingway
Lily Donaldson
The Pussycat Dolls
Nichole Scherzinger
Adam Lambert
Katharine McPhee



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One Response to “Spring Cleaning Time: Tips From a Makeup Artist”

  1. Susie says:

    Very nice Noel.

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