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How to spring clean your makeup bag

It’s all too easy to settle into a groove with your cosmetic stash and before you know it, a few years have passed and you’re still using the same tube of mascara (which news flash, should be replaced after three months!) Here’s when to replace your faves, and some fresh finds to try.

The product: Makeup bag

When to refresh: Whenever the lip liner smears and powder dustings on the bottom just won’t scrub clean anymore.

The replacement: Quo Beauty Mixed Elements Round Clutch. The translucent, pink-tinted panelling lets you see all your essentials at a quick glance, while the zipped lower compartment provides extra storage for brushes and items in less regular rotation.

The product: Concealer

When to refresh: After a year

The replacement: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Dual Ended Stick. An update on makeup artist Laura Mercier’s iconic two-tone pan concealer, this wand saves space in your bag and makes it easier to apply the high-pigment formula to brighten dark circles and erase blemishes.

The product: Mascara

When to refresh: After three months — yes, really!

The replacement: Benefit They’re Real! Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara. With its staggered bristles, this best-selling mascara does it all: it lifts, curls, volumizes and separates lashes for a falsies-like effect.

The product: Eyeshadow

When to refresh: Eyeshadow lasts a year

The replacement: NARS Summer Solstice Eyeshadow Palette. Refresh your go-to shade selection with this nine-pan palette, which features rich bronze and gold tones with rust and ruby accents.

The product: The lot

When to refresh: When you just feel like trying some new goodies

The replacement: Lancôme Spring Essentials. This chic travel case comes complete with a full-size Définicils mascara, and mini samples of Génefique serum, toner, cleanser and Rénergie day, night and eye cream.

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