You love that signature lipstick of yours and it's been discontinued. But is it worth holding on to when it's harbouring bacteria and it smells kinda funky? Makeup can expire, and if you continue using it past its "use-by" date, you can get an eye infection or it may irritate your skin. Here are some spring-cleaning tips when it comes to your makeup case.
If you've never cracked open the seal or applied any of the product, you can hold on to it a little longer, as bacteria has not been introduced to the tube, bottle or jar. But don't mistake this for forever — estimate one to three years' life for a product that's never been opened.
Look at your products — have the ingredients separated? Is it now opaque when it was once clear? Your makeup shouldn't be changing its appearance.
You apply makeup regularly, so you have a good sense of what a product should smell like. If something smells off, that's a good sign it should go into the trash.
Your eyes are sensitive and offer a way for bacteria to enter your system. So be particularly careful with mascara and other eye makeup.
Keep your lipliners and eyeliners sharpened to remove the top layer on the tip. Keep your pencil sharpeners clean as well (use some rubbing alcohol to disinfect them).
It's easy to forget the pouch you tote your makeup in, but you likely toss it into your handbag and handle it all the time. Dirt and bacteria can build up on the outside as well as inside it. Toss it into the laundry, or just ditch it and use a fresh, new one.
Sometimes when you're in a rush, you leave makeup open on the counter. As often as possible, put the caps back on tubes and jars. The less exposure to air, the better.
The bathroom gets humid from your baths and showers, which promotes bacteria development. It'd be better to keep your cosmetics in a drier room, such as your bedroom.
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