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Spring Cleaning Beauty Checklist

7 Spring Cleaning Tasks Every Beauty Girl Should Check Off Her List

Don't tell us you're too busy! We're going to make this fairly easy on you: try one of these Spring cleaning tasks every day, and by the end of the week, you'll be on your way to having a dope beauty "battle station." The alternative? You'll be using expired makeup with bacteria-infested tools — and won't have room for new swag!

Disinfect Your Beauty Sponge:

We are flagging this one, since it's the step many of us forget — or choose not — to do. (You know who you are.) Pros recommend cleaning it every day, and we're fans of this double-cleansing technique, especially if yours is stained. Replace sponges every three months. Also, buy your little guy a case or stand so it doesn't pick up extra bacteria laying on a counter.

Clean Your Makeup Brushes:

The more advanced method to do this is by DIYing an olive oil and antibacterial soap concoction. Or try the lazy-girl way: snag this Sephora Dry Shampoo for Brushes to simply mist your makeup tools. There's no drying time, so you can use them immediately. No excuses now!

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Tidy Up Your Hair Brush:

Once you've dropped at least $40 on a designer hair brush, you may as well keep it looking fresh. We're a fan of this Philip B rake that easily gets extra hair, fuzz, and dirt off of the bristles.

Toss Out Expired Products:

We know parting with products — even if there's only a drop left — can be difficult. But if it's expired, then you have a solid excuse to let it go . . . into the garbage. "Time and exposure to air, sun, or heat can cause the active ingredients — the ones that give you the results — to become less and less active," Tata Harper said. "That's why I personally don't like to put anything on my skin that's more than a year old." Follow this rule — plus these more specific guidelines — for when makeup and skin care needs to be retired.

KonMari Your Stash:

Either buy Marie Kondo's bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up or rely on this cheat sheet to help you decide what to keep, toss, and donate. In general follow this mantra: if an item doesn't bring you joy, send it on its way.

Invest in Storage:

Once you'd made room for non-expired products you truly love, invest in chic, multifunctional beauty storage pieces. Your new organized vanity may just become an Instagram hit if you share a photo of it.

Go Shopping:

If you followed this guide, then you earned it! Invest in Spring beauty products that will help you try out the season's hottest trends. (We're excited for surfer-girl hair and neon, matte lips!)

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Emily Faulstitch
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