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Does it take you more time to find your lipstick than to apply it? Organizing and maintaining cosmetics is not only helpful, it’s sanitary. Here are some tips to help get you out of the door quicker in the morning.

What You Need: Makeup, acrylic organizing trays and/or totes

Follow These Four Easy Steps

1. Empty makeup bag

Dump contents on a flat color safe surface, such as a bathroom counter.

2. Evaluate makeup

Keep only what you are really going to use. Discard any old, expired, or broken items. In general, mascara and liquid eyeliner expires after three to four months; eye and lip pencils, three to five years; lipstick and lip gloss, two to three years; and foundation, about two years.

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3. Place in organizing trays

Keep items together: all eye shadows, all lip liners, all blushes, and so on. Consider a pencil organizer to keep brushes upright and easy to access or a vanity tote if you’d like to move cosmetics from room to room.

4. Store lipsticks upright

Since you can see their names, you’ll choose the one you want at a glance.

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