Whether you keep your make-up and cosmetic products on the bathroom counter or a vanity – monitoring of your piling up products & the age of your make-up is very important not only for your final look but also, longer life of products that you are using but most important for your skin condition…product that you store in wrong way or keep far too long…may affect your skin and cause allergy reaction.
Although personal make-up kit does not require that strict hygiene routine, disinfection or precaution as professional make-up kit (that Make-up artists use on multiple number of clients) but if you will follow few rules – Your make- up products will last longer & you will keep your skin and final look in perfect condition.
What To Throw Away
Before you begin organizing your make-up, you’ll need to remove items you no longer want, or are no longer effective. There’s no sense in taking up space with items you can’t or won’t use or you shouldn’t use! Sort through your collection and throw away:
- Mascaras: Mascara that is older than six months can contain bacteria; pumping the air into tube with your mascara wand will makes it dry out faster -so it may not work as effectively as when purchased. It is suggested that you throw out any mascara that has reached this age….or any earlier if changed constancy, colour, smell… Be aware that if you use it more often it may need replacing after 3- 4 month!
- Liquid Eyeliner: Like mascara, liquid eye-liner can also harbour bacteria, and should be replaced every six months! or any earlier if changed constancy, colour, smell…!
- Foundation: If you do not use foundation every day, this product can last up to 18 months. Past that, the formula will break down and change colour, potentially causing skin irritation and uneven coverage… If you took too much foundation – never put it back to the container – bin it! By doing it you will put bacteria inside and that will cut the life & quality of your foundation
- Brushes: Wash your brushes at least once per month to remove dirt, make-up and bacteria. If you apply make-up every day – even every week. You can always refresh and disinfect your brushes with ready to buy brush cleaner (e.g. MAC) or IPA (Isopropanol alcohol 99%/70%). Keeping your brushes in good condition will make theme last longer.
- Concealers: This make-up should last you up to one year. After that, toss it…. Never put back used product to the container!
NOTE: always monitor colour, smell and consistency of any of your make-up! Usually It’s the first sign that product needs replacing before it will harm your skin – this may protect you before getting serious allergy reaction!
- Powder: Unlike liquid make-up and cosmetic products, powder can last you slightly longer than the traditional 18-month toss out period. Keep powder products up to two years – After that, be sure to replace them! (if eyeshadows changes constancy and does not apply so nice as use to – trough it/replace it!)
- Sponges: If you use cosmetic sponges to apply foundation or lotion, wash them after every few uses, and replace them every month, if not sooner. Do not use if sponge smells strange – changed colour and smell is first sign to trough it! If only you can – I would suggest to use a fresh sponge with every make-up application.
- Lipstick: Lipsticks could be kept up to two years. After that, you should replace them, no matter how much you like the shade.
Be aware that eyes and lips are most affected by allergy reaction – stay safe & pretty by binning any lipsticks and lip glosses that is far out of date…
- Powder Eye Shadow: Like other powder make-up items, eye shadow can last much longer than liquid products. Keep powder eye shadow up to two years before replacing.
- Anything Expired: Any make-up items, lotions or cleansers you have owned for over 2 years – should be thrown away! While you may have been saving that pricey eye cream for special occasions, it has lost its potency and may be breeding bacteria. While you can use make-up and cosmetics slowly, be sure to use them within this year and a half time frame.
- wash/sanitize your hands – if you get sometimes too lazy or if you are in rush to make it – get the disinfecting gel, wipes or spray.
- sharpen regular your pencils and don’t forget to clean well your sharpener afterwards.
- remember or write month/date of starting new make-up product.
- bin any make-up or cosmetics if is 2 years old or if older!
- if use took/scoop too much product – never put it back to the same container! Don’t live it exposed to dust – use small storage containers that are easy to clean afterwards otherwise bin it.
- scooping tiny amount on your hand or palette may help to do not keep your make-up opened and exposed for a long time – left opened for too long, even the time while applying your make-up – It will affect it’s quality and and definitely affect it’s life time…. (e.g gel liner/mascara/cream eyeshadows – will dries out much faster, and you would need to replace it sooner & more often)
- monitor the consistency, smell, colour, texture, the way it’s applies on your skin – anything wrong is that 1st alarm to replace the product!
- keep closed and tight well lid of each container, clean it (incl. containers outside) regularly.
- you can always wipe gently all your cream products and eyeshadows with sanitizing wipes.
- clean your brushes regularly – remember that bacteria grows faster in any cream/wet products! Living it on your brush for long time will damage the bristle, and may cause allergy reaction. Cleaning your brushes also will help you to avoid transferring unwanted colours,pigments, shades when new make-up is applied
- remember also to clean and sanitize regularly your make-up bag, pouch and storage area e.g. drawers, toolbox, stands, brush wraps, stands etc.
- keep your make-up and tools away from animals…
- avoid borrowing your make-up to otters or from others!… whatever it’s your mum or friend – using personal kit we don’t follow proper hygienic rules (e.g. avoiding double dips & proper disinfecting brushes and make-up) Every one of us also have different needs – as our skin completion and skin condition is different! Make-up used by your mum of friend may cause allergy reaction to your young fresh skin, or even the worst scenario – get damage it permanently! You must remember that it can also transfer conjunctivitis, herpes, lash mite and many other…
- never re-use your false eyelashes! It’s absolutely unhygienic practice! Remember that eye area and lips are very sensitive and is very easy to get allergy reaction!
I always urge to book Make-up Artist & very important get the TRIAL before important events and occasions eg. wedding, party, prom balls etc. >>>Not because of someone gets paid! – just because of quality and your safety! Make-up artists must follow strict hygiene routines, avoid double dipping, popper disinfecting tools and make-up, also we have bigger experience, knowledge + often better if not best supplied make-up kit – so we could offer best service and quality for you!
If you call unknown person to do your make-up – just because offers it for free or really small price – think twice! question your self: How good & hygienic, safe is her kit & how good her skills are ?? And please be aware that applying make-up on your own it’s not the same as creating it to others – specially when stress is added!I have heard many stories that people spend fortune for perfect wedding: band, posh cars, flowers & decorations…but when comes to make-up for bride… she or family decided do call someone who was cheap or free as they thought that in this point – they no need not pay £30-£50 for experienced make-up artist… and…I would call it a bit silly approach….
However if you have decided to call your friend to do your make-up because she will do it for free e.q. wedding day – at least request her or provide brand new cosmetics – get your own make-up for that day! Don’t allow her to use her own make-up…& brushes (as I said above – hygine rutine is often lower then the MUAs are following in their work…!) – Imagine: your pretty face when make-up is done…but after 1-3 hours you may get nasty rash, swollen eye , few massive spots on your face, near eyes etc… Remember – Don’t risk! – If it’s your B’day, then don’t use products in that
your skin don’t know and is not get used to it … you never have used before on your skin & you not sure of it >>>That’s the reason why I always recommend to get a before important events as wedding etc.