Get the most out of your makeup…
While suggesting that you just use only one lipstick, eye shadow and nail polish color is just crazy talk; it is a good idea to try to use only one mascara, foundation, powder and moisturizer at a time.
Once you open and begin using an item, you start reducing the life of the product because of the potential of attracting germs, among other things. Here are more tips to help you extend the life of your makeup.
Proper Makeup Storage
- Store your makeup in a cool, dry place, not in the bathroom where the room can become hot and humid from showers and baths. Don’t store products where they will be exposed to sunlight, excessive heat or dampness. If there isn’t a cool spot available, you can also store liquid foundations, tinted moisturizers and lipsticks in your refrigerator.
- Use a brush, spoon or metal spatula for face products. To avoid contamination, apply makeup with brushes or sponges instead of your fingertips. Try to wipe off brushes and rinse sponges after each use. If you prefer using your fingertips (some products blend better that way) be sure your hands are clean.
- Use disposable mascara wands. Sharpen pencils (lip, eye and brow) before each use.
- Apply makeup with a clean brush whenever possible. Wipe off applicators after each use to avoid contamination. When using blush, bronzer or eye shadow, wipe the brush before dipping back into the product again.
- Take a tube of lipstick and dip it in rubbing alcohol for 15 – 30 seconds, then wipe off the top layer of the lipstick.
- You can also leave lipstick in the freezer overnight to kill bacteria and viruses. Storing lipstick in the refrigerator can also help it stay fresh longer, especially when it’s hot and humid.
- Use disposable lip-gloss wands for gloss. Use metal spatulas for cream products.
- If you use multipurpose products or like to dab your lip-gloss or lip creams onto your cheeks, use different application tools or wipe the surface of the product before switching to different areas of the face.
- Foundation will last longer if you apply it with a sponge instead of with your fingers. If you use your fingers, make sure that they are clean, but you probably should pitch it after 2 – 3 months. Replace if it smells bad, loses consistency, has water on the top, or changes color.
- If you apply blush on liquid foundations and face creams, the oils will cling to the bristles and transfer to the blush. Be sure to let foundation, tinted moisturizers dry for a couple of minutes before putting on blush. Blot excess oils from the face. Cleanse the blush brush on a regular basis. After applying blush, wipe off the brush with a towel.
- Disinfect makeup every three weeks using the alcohol and freezing method. Also occasionally scrape off the top layers of powders (foundation, blush, bronzer). Scoop out the top layer of liquid foundation.
Remember to Keep Makeup Tools Clean
- After sponges get too old, they can begin to absorb too much makeup. They can also hold bacteria. The economical packs of sponges are meant to be disposable and last for only two uses (once on each side). Better ones like Beauty Blender last longer and can be cleaned. If you’re using sponges that can be washed, wash once a week and discard after a month.
- Rinse out the makeup sponge after each use with warm water. Squeeze out excess water. Using a clean cloth, pat the sponge to get rid of excess moisture and let air-dry.
- Once a week use a mild shampoo and work lather into the sponge with your fingertips. Rinse well to get all of the soap out of the sponge. Wring out the sponge and pat out any excess water. Let air-dry.
- Toss a brush if the bristles start to fray or fall out. After each use, wipe with a paper towel or washcloth and do a thorough cleaning, preferably once a week if you wear makeup daily or at least every two weeks. Use a gentle hair shampoo, antibacterial soap or brush cleaner.
- Use warm water to rinse the bristles and at an angle so that you don’t ruin the brush by getting water inside the handle.
- Apply a small amount of the mild shampoo or other cleaning product.
- Gently lather the brush and then rinse under warm water until the water comes out clear and all makeup has been removed. Be sure to rinse out all of the soap.
- Gently squeeze the excess water out of the brush.
- Lay the brush flat on a clean towel to air dry.
- Store upright in a glass container to air out and with enough room for the bristles so that they don’t get squashed or lose form.