Cleaning is the one thing that can relax me. I am high-strung. I am high-maintenance. But when I clean the house, a calm washes over me. I deep-cleaned our house last week and it helped alleviate the winter blues. Is that sad? Maybe.
I took the opportunity while Jason was at an appointment to dump the contents of my makeup bag onto the living room floor. I threw away expired items and makeup I never use, combined like-products, cleaned my brushes, and took inventory of everything. It was a cathartic experience, and fun was had by all.
Regardless of my hoarding tendencies, you can’t keep products forever. Here are guidelines on when to save and when to toss:
Brushes: If you invest in quality brushes and care for them properly, they’ll last years. Brushes require regular cleaning for longevity and to avoid irritating your skin. Truthfully, I don’t do this as often as I should, but when I do clean them, I like Ulta’s Professional Brush and Sponge Cleaner . Some suggest using gentle baby shampoo and lukewarm water, while others suggest Dawn and white vinegar. At the least, you should wash brushes a couple of times a month (a detailed post coming soon). If you’re consistently losing bristles, it’s time to invest in a new set.
Mascara and Eyeliner: These products need the most attention as your eyes are a playground for bacteria. I wear contacts and experience chronic dry eye and other issues. I typically switch out my mascara every two months, and experts (i.e., not me) suggest swapping it out every three months. If you do experience an infection, throw out mascara right away. Helpful hint: If your mascara starts to smell (a foul, chemical scent), it’s time to go. I’m a liquid eyeliner girl, so I toss that after three months, if not earlier.
Eye Shadow: Powder eye shadow can last up to two years, but, again, if you have an eye infection, get rid of it. You don’t want to continue transferring the bacteria back and forth.
Lipstick: Typically needs to be tossed after a year. I did throw out one lipstick shade after a stomach virus, but use your discretion. I find it’s best to get rid of lip products after you’ve been ill or hit with a cold sore.
Liquid Foundation/Concealer/Primer/CC/BB Creams (et al): These products should be tossed after a year. Using expired foundation and concealer can actually CAUSE blemishes- who wants that? Foundation, like mascara, will begin to stink once it’s expired.
Powder/Blush/Bronzer: These bad boys can last up to two years, so you’ll get your money’s worth! You’ll know it’s finished when product doesn’t transfer to your makeup brush. Keep in mind, the rules for powder blush to do not apply to cream blush- for cream, follow the liquid one year rule.
Experiencing unexplained breakouts? Maybe bad products or dirty brushes are the culprits!
Do you spring clean your makeup bag? Do you follow these rules? What are your cleaning tips?
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