Earlier this week I shared the best way to keep your make up and brushes organized. So as part of organizing these items, it’s important to know that like items in your kitchen you think can stay forever, even your make-up has a shelf life. So today I’m going share simple tips and time when to toss your favorite shade of lipstick or mascara, since one of its favorite visitors are bacteria, which love to grow there.
Bacteria are Beauty Queens
Makeup manufacturers aren’t required in the US to provide expiration dates, so here are a few tricks to help your makeup and brushes last longer and when to toss them:
- Don’t wet your eyeliner brush with saliva. Doing that will leave it damp and breed bacteria on the product and the brush
- Lengthen the life of your lipstick and minimize bacteria by keeping it in a cool place like your fridge!
- Limit pumping your mascara which exposes it to the air and will dry it out faster
- Chuck any item that comes in touch with your eye or lips if you get an infection
- Sharpen eyeliners and lip pencils regularly
KEEPING OUR MAKEUP BRUSHES BACTERIA FREE
Baby ‘Em: Most brushes are mad of hair, so clean them as you would your own with a little baby shampoo and warm water, reshape then lay them on edge of sink to dry.
Dip in vinegar or vodka: Use 2:1 water to white vinegar or vodka -- a natural sanitizer and rinse in warm water. Reshape and let them dry on the edge of the sink.
Frequency: Brushes you use to apply liquid or cream-based products, i.e. foundation, concealer, or lipstick, clean weekly with shampoo or vinegar. If really ambitious and are a germaphobe, wipe daily with a clean damp rag. All others: every two weeks or so are fine, unless you have an eye or lip infection, then toss pronto and go visit your favorite make up person.
USE COMMON SENSE AND KNOW EXPIRATION DATES
To begin with…throw away anything that:
- Smells funky
- Is clumpy
Face powder and powder blush: 2years
Cream blush 6 -12 months
- Water based: 12-18 mo* (If it gets clunky before then, add alcohol-free toner and shake)
- Oil-based: 18 months
Concealer: 12 months
Lipstick 1-2 years
Lip and eye pencil 2-3 year
Eye-shadows: 2-3 years or until next season’s hot color replaces it!
Mascara: 3-6 months
Make-up brushes: 3-7 years, depending upon care and quality. If they become mishapen or stained, time to go!