SHOP THE LOOK
Happy Monday, ladies! Today’s post I’m talking all about makeup and when it’s time to toss it in the trash. So many times we just forget that our fav peach lipstick can harbor so much bacteria over time. Especially mascara.. most women just use it until it’s completely empty, no matter if it’s a month or 6 months. With the constant touching of the base of your eyes, to the “pumping” of the wand. It’s housing a perfect condition for nasty bacteria to grow. Gross!
I’m going to break down each type of product and when it’s expiration time is, but first let’s talk about makeup in general. Just as anything else goes in life, you get what you pay for. So when buying a drugstore brand, be mindful of their reviews and the product category it’s in. For example, if you’re going to splurge on one item- go for foundation. This is what sits on your skin all day, everyday, and creeps in your pores. Make sure you aren’t using non hypo-allergenic products that can really mess up your skin. Save your money on powders, including eyeshadows. Powders shelf life is by far the longest, and harbor the least amount of bacteria.
MASCARA: 2-3 Months (max!)
– Like I said earlier, this product is the worst in this discussion, so make sure you stick to this rule. You can cause yourself an eye infection, and that isn’t such a cute look!
*Quick Tip. Did you know that by “pumping” your mascara wand, you’re actually drying the product out 2x faster by pushing air inside? Instead, just twist the wand inside the tube to get more product!*
CREAMS: 15-18 Months
– This goes for concealers, cream shadow/blush, and cream foundation. If you’re using a wand brush concealer if can last longer, but if you’re dipping your fingers in any of these, you can easily be transferring bacteria. Use clean makeup brushes or sponges.
POWDERS: 18-24 Months
– This timeline is for those that clean their brushes at bare minimum every 6 weeks. If you’re too lazy or forget to do this, try something like THIS. It takes 10 seconds to open this and wipe off your brush after using it or once per week for this method to get you by a little longer before shampooing.
FOUNDATION: 12 Months
– As I said before, this is a very important category as is mascara. No matter what brand of liquid you use, if it doesn’t come with a pump tip, you can get a generic one like THIS to keep from having to expose the liquid to air and your fingers. For cream foundations, always keep your foundation brush clean over any brush. This is what will set the tone for your entire face and makeup application!
LINERS: 6-12 Months
– This depends if you’re using a gel/liquid liner or a pencil. Obviously pencil has to keep being sharpened to be used, therefore it’s constantly being cleaned and revived. The others need to be tossed in the same reason for mascara.. eye infection.
I hope you find some inspiration to go through your makeup drawer and toss what’s no good anymore!
Have a wonderful week! Thanks for reading!