Spring Cleaning: Makeup
Spring is a good time to clean the house, change your clothes, and prepare for spring and summer. It’s also a good time to check your makeup kit, add new colourful eye shadows and get rid of the products that have expired, or simply don’t work well on your skin. Be sure not to ignore the expiration date on cosmetic products; otherwise you run the risk of infection and irritation.
Let’s take a look at the life expectancy of skin care and makeup products:
You probably use it often, so it’s important to know that you should throw it away if it has been more than three months after you opened it, otherwise you risk a nasty eye infection. Mascara and eyeliner are very sensitive products, so it is best to change them every three months even if you haven’t used all of the product.
Powders last longer, approximately three years. If they are older than this they begin to go dull, and dry - they won’t go on smoothly and you may get a patchy application.
Primer allows for your makeup to last longer, apply better, keeps oil production in check and camouflages small imperfections. It doesn’t last more than two years, so you shouldn’t worry in applying it every time under makeup.
Coloured eye shadows last about two years, but there are so many new colours and textures on the market every season that it would be a pity not to introduce new eye shadows every season to change things up.
A lipstick’s life is between two and four years, depending on the ingredients contained. Generally, if it’s more than two years, you can tell by the smell if it’s still good or not.
It is important to clean your brushes on a regular bases. Makeup brushes can become coated not only with makeup residue, but also with body oils and dead skin, making them havens for bacteria that will decrease the life of your brush, negatively affect the proper application of makeup and can also cause skin problems and possible infection. Check your brushes every 6 months. If they look worn out, they need to be replaced.