It’s a New Year and time to get rid of last years’ old news by cleaning out your make-up kit. Now that the major holidays are over and done with, this little lull between now and Valentine’s Day is perfect for getting organized.
The first thing to do is to gather up all of your makeup and sort it by type. Cluster your mascara, eyeshadows, lipsticks, glosses, foundations and concealers. Don’t forget to round up makeup sponges and brushes too. Depending on how much makeup you have, clear an area large enough for you to see everything clearly. It’s probably a good idea to lay down a towel, old sheet or other piece of cloth that you won’t mind getting dirty.
Lay everything out neatly and choose a group to begin with. You may also want to have a pad of paper and a pen ready to make a list of items that need to replace immediately or in the near future. Open each item and determine whether or not it is still good for use. Use the following guidelines to help decide what you should keep and what you should toss.
Lipstick, Lipgloss or Lip Balm – Toss anything that has a rancid oily smell to it, it’s old and although the product may still look the same the smell will be present the whole time you’re wearing it. Also toss anything that appears to have crystals or a white coating on it. The formula may have crystallized and cut your lips if you use it. A “fluffy” whitish film may be mold and can make you very sick. Lipsticks in tubes will generally keep for around two years, while glosses and squeeze tube lip color lasts from about 6 months to a year.
Mascara – Toss out your mascara after 3 months maximum, or if it becomes dry. Mascara has a high risk of transferring harmful bacteria because of the back and forth from your eyelashes to the mascara tube. Using tainted mascara can cause serious eye infections and may even cause blindness.
Eye shadows – Liquid or cream eyeshadows can last up to 12 months if you keep your brushes clean by washing them at least once a week. Loose or pressed powder eyeshadows will keep for about 2 years.
Blushes and powders – Toss out cream blushes after a year, and pressed or loose powder blushes 2 years.
Foundations and concealers – Water based foundations and liquid concealers have a shelf life of 1 year. Moisturizing or oil based foundations and stick concealers will last a year and a half.
Lip and Eye Pencils – These will keep for around 2 years if you sharpen them before each use. Keeping your lip and eye pencils in the freezer will help to keep them fresh for longer and deter breakage when sharpening them.
Using regularly cleaned brushes, applicators and sponges will help to prevent bacteria from infecting your makeup. Additionally, using germ filled applicators can cause you to break out or even give you a more serious skin disease. Be sure to properly wash or replace applicators frequently. The wedge shaped sponges that come in a multipack should be changed once a week to keep things bacteria-free. Always store your cosmetics in a cool dry place away from bright lights and direct sunlight.