March 9, 2012

Clean up your makeup kit

 

Spring is a good time to clean the house, change your clothes, and generally prepare for the summer. It’s also a good time to check your makeup kit, add new colorful eye powders and get rid of the products that have expired, or simply don’t work well on your skin. I suggest you won’t neglect the expiration date on the cosmetic products; otherwise you can just end up with irritated skin. Look what’s the “hope” of life for the usual makeup products:

 

Mascara

You probably use it often, so it’s important to know that you should throw it away if it has been more than three months after you opened it, otherwise you risk to pick up an eye infection. Mascara and eyeliner are very sensitive products, so you should change them every three months even if you haven’t used the entire product.

Powder

Powders last longer, about three years. If they are older than this they begin to dry and they won’t go on smoothly, you can get a patchy application.

 

Primer

Primer makes makeup last longer, apply better, and camouflages small imperfections. It doesn’t last more than two years, so you shouldn’t worry in applying it every time under makeup.

 

Foundation

It is valid for two years; after that you should throw it away without regret. Natural or organic foundations go bad in a few months after opening, depending on the ingredients, so it’s important to check the expiration date on the box.

Eye powders

Colored eye powders last about two years, but there are so many new colors and textures on the market every season that it would be a pity not to introduce new makeup eye powders every season. Eye pencils resist an average of three years.

 

Lipstick

A lipstick’s life is between two and four years, depending on the ingredients contained. Generally, if it’s more than two years, you can tell by the smell if it’s still good or not.

Nail polish

After a year, any nail polish will become thick and difficult to apply, so don’t keep half-used bottles and try new shades every season.