May 3, 2013

make-up break-up

Make-up Break-up

In my make-up bag there are eyeliner pencils that have been sharpened down to a nub and lip gloss tubes that have had their edges scraped, but as much as I love to hold on to my favourite products I do realize there comes a point when I need to break-up with them.

The start of each month is a good time to take stock of your beauty inventory and figure out what needs to go. Here’s a guideline to help you get started beginning with the most critical one:

mascara – 3 months. Once the tube is opened and oxygen gets inside it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria

foundation – all foundations, with the exception of powder, are water-based (which means bacteria can grow) so once the bottle is open replace it after 1 year

concealer – 2 years (stick); 1 year (liquid)

face powder  – up to 3 years

blush: 2-3 years (powder); 1 year (cream and liquid)

eye shadow: 1 year (since they’re in constant contact with your eyes there’s a higher risk of transferring bacteria to the product and then back to your eye). To be extra cautious spritz your product on a weekly basis with a sanitizer such as this one.

eyeliner: 3-6 months (both liquid and pencil) and sharpen your pencil regularly

lipstick / lip gloss: 12-18 months and regularly clean your lipstick with a sanitizer

make-up brushes: brushes that are well looked after can last for years, but when the bristles start to fray/fall-out it’s time to spring for a new set. Wash them at least once a week with a gentle shampoo and leave to air dry.

These are guidelines, but if you notice any product that’s changed colour or has a funky smell toss it immediately…and then head to the nearest beauty boutique to shop!

  • Alicia

    This list fits in with my upcoming spring makeup purge. Ready to start the season with a fresh face -literally 🙂

  • Margie

    This comprehensive, important list is one to remember for anyone who uses makeup! Many thanks!