How long have you had that lipstick? When’s the last time you bought new eyeliner? Just how old is your eyeliner?There’s a little bit of a hoarder in all of us, especially when it comes to makeup. Before I became a makeup artist, I couldn’t even fathom throwing away makeup or organizing the heap of it I kept in my bathroom drawer, bags, and bottom of multiple purses. Now my brushes and products are clean, mean beauty-making machines. Here are some tips on how to update your makeup and utilize it at its best.
Get Rid of Old Makeup
Old makeup is disgusting. It may not appear to be useful, but trust me amigo, it is not. It HOARDS bacteria – especially your mascara. That stuff is just waiting to attack you with an eye infection. Evil little thing it turns into. Since it is it not possible to perform an exorcism on your old beauty products (trust me I tried and let’s just say those demons won), here are some indicators that your makeup has a date with the garbage
If your makeup even remotely starts smelling odd/different, then you know what to do. Mascara especially will develop an odor from all the bacteria gathering in the tube. Don’t commit makeup suicide. Ditch that sucker and buy a new one.
Use the following as a guide for when it’s time to replace your makeup:
Bonus Tip: Clean Your Brushes.
If you are using a brush for your foundation, liner, brows, blush, etc- you must remember to wash your brushes/applicators THREE TIMES A WEEK. I recommend buying a brush cleaner such as MAC Brush Cleaner, or Sephora Brush Cleaner Wipes. In order to keep your skin healthy and brushes free of bacteria, it is essential to treat them with care- and cleaning them with the correct products will keep their integrity. NEVER use hot water, or simple soap. This will damage the bristles on your brush.