As with everything, make up too can expire! Yes, as strange as it sounds, it is important to keep checks on make up and how long you’ve had it for. Using make up that may have expired can affect our skin as the chemicals in the products tend to change over a period of time as they have been exposed to oxygen, and microbes from the air around us. These are some of my top tips to keep your make up in check, and how often you should keep certain products. Eye and lip make up particularly is prone to contamination if you have shared it or let some one borrow it.
Start off by gathering all make up products, and arrange everything such that you have all lipsticks in one pile; eyeshadows in another, foundations in another… I’m sure you have got the hang of it now! 😉
Any opened products that you have had for over two years – chuck them straight into the bin!
Make up that has any musky or weird smells, that goes straight to the bin too.
Make up application tools such as brushes that may be falling apart; sponges and puff that are broken, throw them out too.
Liquid products that are runny or separated need to be tossed away. Liquid make up such as foundations tend to separate over time as the chemical compositions change, in oil based foundation, the oil separates into a separate layer from the other liquid.
For those colours that you may have purchased to match with certain outfits, but haven’t worn in over 6 months, dispose them. You haven’t used them and it is very unlikely that you will wear them again.
Avoid storing any make up or beauty products on the window sill or in the bathroom as the heat of the steam ruins make up.
Bobbi Brown suggests the following life spans for products that have been opened:
Cream cleanser – 1 year
Gel cleanser – 1 year
Cream moisturisers – 1 year
Oil-based foundations – 1.5 years
Water-based foundations – 1 year
Lipstick – 1-2 years
Mascara – 3-4 months
Powder – 2 years
Shadows – 2 years
Brushes – wash every fortnight if your using it on yourself. Make up artists need to wash/clean after every client.
Sponges – same rule as the brushes, but wash weekly if its personal use.
Having clean make up applicators prevents all those nasty break outs, and you will also notice that it will be a lot easier to apply the make up.
Get in there and spring clean your beauty products!
What are your make up/ applicator cleaning tips?
🌸Happy Spring Cleaning 🌸