When is the right time to toss my makeup?


Here are some tips on how to keep your makeup clean and maintain it for a beautiful and exceptional glow. It’s not far-fetched that most people do not know how to maintain their make-up kits. The only time they come in contact with it is when they need it and after using it they dump it right in the purse for the next time they need to use it again. Your face could very well be at risk of eczema and some facial irritations due to unhygienic make-up tools.

Mascara: easily goes bad, could begin breeding bacteria within 6weeks of opening, DD advice you to replace after 3 months of consistent use, or once smell and thickness changes.

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Liquid foundation: dispose of once contents segregate or after using for about 8months. Remember it is liquid based thus it will easily breed bacteria if it comes in contact with a dirty sponge or hand.

Powder Foundation: Once you notice caking up, flaking or a change in smell, then it’s time to say goodbye to this face pal! Don’t exceed 1 year in use, it could begin to clog up, whilst powders and sticks could double that.

Concealer: is usually the slowest to finish, watch out for colour and smell change as this may determine how much longer we can keep the product. Liquids should not exceed 12 months whilst powders and stick can go for longer.

Eye Shadow, Blush, and Bronzer: popularly known as the “shimmers”, have one of the longest lifespans of up to 3 years, only if it’s in powdered form.

Eyeliner: hardly encounter bacterial invasion, as long as when sharpened they shave off the old tip. It can last for up to 12 months, discard when drying or clumping up.

Lipstick: depending on the quality… however, once the colour smell or taste changes, please dispose of. Lipsticks could last up to 3 years.

Lip Gloss: Glosses don’t last as long as lipstick formulas and have a shelf life of between six to 12 months, depending on how clean you keep the applicator. Once it gets extra tacky or sticky, it’s time to give it the heave-ho.

Want to get the longest possible use out of your make up tools, then clean your sponges and brushes on a regular basis. Always remember to wash your hands before applying or touching up makeup, as doing both will help prevent bacteria growth on your make-up products and your face. Remember to always also check for expiration dates before you purchase your products, just because it looks good on the shelf does not mean that it is still good inside the bottle.


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