With a New Year comes a new you — meaning it might be time to donate neglected clothes, organize the cabinets, and sift through your makeup bag for expired cosmetics.
Yes, makeup has a shelf life. And it might be shorter than you realize.
Follow these guidelines to make sure your makeup is safe and healthy — plus see my favorites along the way, in case you need to buy new:
More tips for keeping your cosmetics clean:
- Store your makeup in a cool, dry place — meaning not in a bathroom that people shower in.
- Don’t let your makeup sit in front of direct sunlight, which can mess with the preservatives.
- Try to keep your fingers out of your makeup as much as possible, opting for clean applicators instead.
- Clean your makeup brushes regularly — daily for liquid makeup, and bi-weekly for powder makeup. Either use a makeup brush cleaner or a mild shampoo to clean them thoroughly.
- Also wash your makeup sponges and applicators, and let them dry before using them again. (Replace sponges every week or so.) Disposable applicators (like Q-Tips) also helps limit the spread of bacteria.
- Don’t share your makeup with friends, which runs the risk of passing bacteria like fungus, conjunctivitis (pink eye), and staph.
- If you see a change in color or consistency (or smell!), toss it.
- If you see any black, white, or green spots — obviously toss it.
- Don’t use saliva or water to moisten your makeup brushes. Adding any kind of liquid can breed bacteria.
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