Cast out old eye makeupUsing old eye makeup causes irritation and puffy eyes when applied to the delicate skin. Powder eye shadows are safe for up to two years, and eye pencils can last for eighteen months. Liquid eyeliners and mascara will generally start to dry up after three or four months, so remember to buy a fresh vial to protect the sensitive skin around your eyes. Expired mascara also develops a strong, foul scent.
Monitor foundation and blushApplying old foundation and blush causes acne flare-ups, clogged pores, and can even make you age faster. Liquid foundations can last for about a year, but powder foundations and blush is good for up to two years. Make sure to store powder makeup in a dry, cool place. Sanitize your powder compact by wiping it down with alcohol every so often to prevent the transfer of bacteria onto your skin.
Discard old applicator spongesYour makeup applicators are just as important as the quality of your makeup. Old makeup sponges are breeding grounds for bacteria that can clog pores and create acne. A worn sponge also leaves makeup all over your hands every time it is used. Wash your makeup sponges after each use, and replace them every two weeks to preserve your face.
Toss out old lip wearWhen you wear lip products beyond their expiration date, it causes the skin on your lips to chap quickly during any season. In addition, bad lip products can cause pimples to appear around your mouth. Lipsticks have a shelf life of about two years, but lip glosses and lip liners should be discarded after a year. Old lip glosses have an unpleasant smell, and the product will begin to separate.
Clean and replace makeup brushesUse a little olive oil to remove buildup from makeup brushes, and wash your makeup brushes at least once a month in a mild soap. Always choose makeup brushes that are not too firm against the skin. Inexpensive makeup brushes can have sharp bristles that can actually create fine lines over time, so don’t be afraid to pay a little more to save your skin.
Throw away organic products earlierKeep in mind that the natural ingredients in organic makeup are better for your skin overall, but they have a shorter shelf life. Organic foundations and eye makeup can last about 6 months, and lip wear lasts for up to 8 months.
The right makeup with proper application can enhance one’s natural beauty, but poor makeup maintenance will damage it. Not all makeup has an expiration date, so it is important to watch for the signs that your makeup products are no longer appropriate to use. Changes in color or texture are dead giveaways when products must go to the trash bin. No matter the makeup you use, remove it completely from your face at night for better skin. Never share your makeup with anyone else, or you risk irritating your skin and exposing yourself to viral outbreaks. For totally healthy skin while wearing makeup, commit to following this simple advice.
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