|WHEN YOU DON’T PROPERLY SEAL YOUR GEL PRODUCTS|
Mascara: After the 3rd month, you should get rid off. Due to the risk of transferring bacteria from one eye to the other, mascara is actually the shortest on the timeline. Some say just rewet or add saliva, but doing so will increase the chances of spreading bacteria by reinserting the wand in and out over time. Hey, if it gets dry… just replace it!
Eyeshadows: Cream shadows that are kept cleaned (use a antibacterial wipe) and sealed can last for a year and powered shadows can last up to 2yrs. There’s a good investment if you are a shadow freak (like I am).
Eyeliners: These can last up until you’ve sharpened them done to a peg or up to 2yrs. Always remember to keep it clean because it is being applied near you eyes (i.e. waterline and lash line) by sharpening before or after each use or by wiping with a antibacterial wipe.
Gel Liners: Get this… 2months! The formulas in these containers do not last long at all and also has a high risk for bacteria…
Blush: Yes, this too. Replace within a year to 2yrs.
Lipsticks: One year should be the max! But their sidekicks, the lipgloss can hold out until that 18-month mark.
Foundations/Concealers: Twelve months! Notice when you actually start getting breakouts or blemishes or formula starts the seperate, this can be caused by expired foundations/concealers.
Sponges/Applications: Remember to wash periodically and replace monthly. Remember when you’re washing your dishes or using your favorite loofa (luffa, loufa, or bath sponge) it absorbs everything… everything!
|GETTING RID OF THE OLD, BRINGING IN THE NEW|
Just remember this…
~ Just like our food, if it has a smell, “moldy” patches, or oil separating (like water to oil) this is a sign it’s gone bad.
~ Wipe down your pencils, pencil sharpeners, lipsticks, applicators… everything with antibacterial solutions/wipes.
~ When you get new cosmetics, remember your timeline. Get a strip of tape and permanent marker and jot down it’s expiration date under the container (if the company hasn’t already done this for you).
~ Do condition/moisturize to revitalize your skin. You never should apply makeup to unwashed, dry faces. Just imagine old, expired makeup to blemished, dry skin! Creepy!
*This is a disclaimer. I am not an expert or a scientist of facepaint. I did not go through any training. These facts are through trial and error, my very own experiences and what I’ve noticed throughout my years of wearing and purchasing makeup. Like everything else I own, I occasionally sanitize, store and seal anything makeup, lotions, perfumes or anything I apply on my skin because at the end of the day, your skin is a living organ and your body will reject it if the product isn’t fresh (or in other terms, good for your body).