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Many of us know it's easy to spend a small fortune on makeup, perfume, lotions and all things "beauty." in fact, one study estimated that the average woman spends about $216 per year or $15,000 in her lifetime on makeup alone. For those reasons, we believe it makes sense (and cents) to do what we can to preserve our makeup, perfumes and eye creams and get the most out of each purchase. Here are our six makeup storage tips to help you do just that!

Many of us know it’s easy to spend a small fortune on makeup, perfume, lotions and all things “beauty.” in fact, one study estimated that the average woman spends about $216 per year or $15,000 in her lifetime on makeup alone.

Where do you fall on the spectrum? Do you love splurging on new lip or eye colors and testing the latest products from your favorite companies? Or are you more of a minimalist, limiting your collection to what you use and buying a new product only to replace an empty one?

6 tips for makeup storage to help makeup last longer

For those of us who have a line item in our budget for “Beauty,” can we agree that it makes sense (and cents) to do what we can to preserve our makeup, perfumes and eye creams and get the most out of each purchase?

Here are our six makeup storage tips to help you do just that!

Tip #1: Safe Storage

Organize and store your makeup to keep it from getting damaged. How many of us toss our makeup in a drawer, on a dresser or in a work bag and then find powdery eye shadow, blush and eye liner streaks all over our makeup palettes and cases?

Let’s replace that “system” with a new one: Investing in a clear makeup organizer. This protects your cosmetics and keeps everything easy to find—saving you time each day. Plus, when your makeup is in a clear organizer, you can take inventory at a glance and will be less tempted to buy new products before finishing the ones you have.

Tip #2: Keep it Cool

Extend the shelf life of your eye creams, facial masks and natural beauty products (no preservatives) by storing them in the fridge. A clear plastic drawer organizer  is ideal here because it protects your products, helps you find things at a glance and immediately tells snack-seekers to keep looking.

Bonus Tip: To sharpen eyeliner, lip or brow pencils without breaking the tips, store them in the fridge for even a few minutes.

Products not to keep in the fridge: Oils, lipstick, face powder, and powder eye-shadows and blushes.

Tip #3: Maximize your Mascara

Extend the life of your mascara by using disposable applicators. If you think about mascara, it has the shortest shelf life and is among the “germiest” cosmetic in our collection. This is because we use the same applicator to touch our eyes over and over. You can extend the life of your mascara by 3 to 6 months by purchasing and using disposable applicators. And with your new makeup organizer system, we know there’s a spot ready and waiting to store those makeup applicators.

Bonus Tip: Is your mascara starting to dry out? Revitalize it with a few drops of saline solution or eye drops. Put the cap back on, shake the tube, and you should be good to go.

Tip #4: Sun Safety

Keep your cosmetics out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources. Although the sun’s rays may brighten your bathroom or dressing table, direct exposure can change the consistency of your products and make serums, perfumes and moisturizers with SPF less effective.

Exposure can also change the colors in powdered foundation, eye shadows and blushes. This is because the sun’s UV rays alter the chemical formula, essentially changing the way products looks, feels and performs. If your bathroom or bedroom gets a lot of direct sunlight, consider storing your makeup and other beauty products in drawers, under the sink or in a closet.

Tip #5: Keep a Lid on It

Securely close the lids on your compacts, creams, jars and mascara tubes. This is one of the easiest and most important steps we can take to preserve our makeup. It’s also an easy one to forget or brush off as we rush through our morning routine. Taking the extra few seconds to tighten the cap on your foundation or face lotion keeps the air out and keeps the goods in tip top shape.

Tip #6: Beware of Moisture and Humidity

No sun, no air…and our last tip: Keep your makeup away from moisture and humidity. Humidity reduces shelf life, and it can foster bacteria growth. Yuck! While we know it’s most convenient to store our everyday products in the bathroom, at least consider a new storage spot for items you use only occasionally, such as a treatment mask or that eye-shadow palette with the fun weekend colors.

How will you organize and preserve your makeup? Share your STORi with us!

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