Beauty Products – Care & Maintenance

Beauty Products - When To Toss or Keep

We all are guilty of having beauty supplies, makeup and tools in our bathroom drawers that aren’t working correctly or efficiently or that should have been thrown out a long time ago. Myself included. After all we pay good money for them and we don’t like to just throw them out! So when should we keep and when should we pitch items from our makeup drawers???  

First there are our makeup brushes. If we buy good ones they should last us years IF we take care of them. They should be cleaned, for hygienic reasons, at least once a month. Check out my other article to see how simple and easy it can be to wash them out an economical too when you use the product I recommend. That bottle of cleaner is going to last you YEARS!  

Makeup sponges on the other hand are fairly cheap and you can toss them out after washing them a few times. It depends on how good of sponges you buy as to how long they will still retain their shape after cleaning. I prefer to get less expensive ones, wash them once or twice and toss them.

Powder puffs are pretty much the same as sponges, it all depends on what you purchase. You can go for the inexpensive drugstore brands and pitch them after a while or you can buy nicer ones and launder them either by hand or with some delicates in your washing machine.  

Tweezers will get dull with use and no longer grip the fine hairs of your brows so you are either going to want to find someone that sharpens scissors & knives that can do them too, try using the knife sharpener at home or do like I do and invest in the Tweezerman brand that will sharpen them for life when you send them back to the factory. Just know that when you are ranting that you cannot tweeze your brows that it may be because your tweezers need sharpened.

Eyelash curler have a pad in them for a reason, that is to protect your lashes. Without it you could conceivably cut your eyelashes with the metal underneath! Before that happens replace the pads if your curler came with replacements or replace your curler.  

When it comes to makeup it all has shelf life and expiration dates! No, they are not usually listed on the package but you should try to remember when you OPENED them and from that date this is the timing that they should be pitched:

  • Moisturizer – 2 Years
  • Eye Cream – 6 Months
  • Face Cream – 2 Years
  • Liquid Foundation – 2 Years
  • Cream Foundation – 2 Years
  • Concealer – 2 Years
  • Powder – 2 Years
  • Mascara – 6 Months
  • Lipstick – 12 to 18 Months
  • Lip Pencils – 12 to 18 Months
  • Eye Pencils – 12 to 18 Months
  • Eye Shadow – 2 Years
  • Powder Blush – 2 Years
  • Cream Blush – 2 Years

Do I always adhere strictly? No. I have some shadows I have had for years. BUT they are powder shadows that have been stored so they stay very clean. When it comes to face moisturizers, etc. I try NOT to buy them ahead of time and if I do because of a sale, etc. I store them where they are not susceptible to steam, etc.

Here’s what Wayne Goss has to say on the subject.  Pretty much, if they smell, throw them away and powdered products, they’ll last you a LOT longer! What he is saying is pretty much what I do, use common sense!  Give him a listen:

Remember that he is a professional makeup artist and as such they MUST disinfect between every client. But everything he says is absolutely true!

Just use common sense. If you use mascara every day it will not last 6 months. If you don’t throw it away at least 2x/year! Every time you pump that wand into the barrel you are introducing any germs that are in the air not to mention the mites, etc. we have living at the base of our eyelashes. I know… ICK… but true.  Common sense will help you get the best use from your makeup and tools and more bang from your buck overall.  

So what about you? How often do you clean out YOUR makeup stash, clean or update your tools? Do you throw things away that you lost the cap from? Transfer ends of lipstick to artist palettes? What are the tricks you use? I’d love to hear from you with your comment!  

In the meantime, CIAO for now!

Ciao! Marge






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