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Beauty Boss: Get fresh and use the fridge – it’s time for a make-up spring clean

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With spring in full bloom, celebrity make-up artist Anna Lingis shares her tips for cleaning out your beauty bag.

Many of us spend the first few weeks of spring tidying and cleaning our homes – but when was the last time you used a little elbow grease on your make-up collection?

Here, we learn how to ensure our products are fresh, in-date and organised.

Save the date

Did you know most beauty products have an expiry date?

Anna warns to check the labels and avoid using items that are past their best.

She said: “Look on the packaging for a logo of a container with a number in the middle.

“If the logo says, for example, 12M, you should only use the product for 12 months after opening.

“Throw it away after that date otherwise you run the risk of high levels of bacteria growing in your make-up.

“If you can’t quite remember when you first opened the product, the smell is generally a good indicator!

“Lipsticks, foundation and mascara will smell ‘off’ and chemically, many products dry out, separate and go clumpy.

Cold storage

Drawers, cabinets and boxes are regular hiding spots for our favourite products.

But Anna advises keeping your lotions and potions in the fridge for maximum freshness.

She explained: “Cool places are best for make-up. Always keep them out of sunlight, and if the weather is particularly warm, you can pop lipsticks and cream products in the fridge to stop them melting.”

Age is just a number

Our skin changes a lot as we age, but Anna says you shouldn’t ditch a product just because you’re getting older.

“Some people’s skin will appear to age earlier than others, so it really comes down to personal taste and preference when you change your products,” she explained.

“In general, make-up artists tend to use less product on mature skin, especially when it comes to full coverage foundation, as it can sit in lines and creases, which emphasises them. Eyeliner and heavier lipsticks can also bleed into wrinkles and lines, so keep these products to a minimum, apply lightly and build to suit.”

High quality, low cost

If you’re binning old items, take a shopping trip to replenish your make-up bag. Anna says you don’t need to spend a fortune to look great.

“The NYX Cosmetics product range is incredible and has everything you need.

“Their contour palette is my fave. Barry M is also amazing quality and fully vegan.

“I love their Nymph Beauty Elixir Serum.”