Get Rid of Old Makeup and Here are a Few Tips To Help

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I thought I would share the best tricks for renewing your makeup kit. When you do renew your makeup, it will save you time in the mornings because you will have everything fresh and know where everything is, (I hope so anyway).

Here are a few simple tips to make it easier.

  • First things first, completely empty your makeup bag

  • Get rid of all broken products even though I know how much you love it!
  • Also bin all products beyond their use-by date.
  • You can check the expiry date on each product. Once you open any makeup products, they should be thrown away according to their ingredients. Follow these guidelines and you won’t go wrong!
  • Mascara: 3-4 months after opening. If you do use it a lot, you might buy it before the 3-4 months come around.
  • Powder makeup such as shadow, matt powders and foundation, they will last for 1-2 years.
  • Cream form foundation, primers, correctors, shadows or blush, these will last for around 18 months. But if it’s cracked, throw away.
  • Lipstick will last for around 2 years.
  • Lip gloss will last for about 2 years. If you notice the colour is different, it leaks or it starts to smell, throw it out.
  • If you want to check the sell-by-date on the product packaging, a symbol such as this

    one normally appears and besides it a number and M (which stands for months). The number tells you the number of months for which the product will last in a perfect condition once opened. It’s also important for you to ask when you buy. Products which last over 36 months will not have this symbol so remember that.

  • Face creams and cleansers have different shelf lives and this depends on their ingredients. They can last from 3 to 12 or 24 months so check the packaging or ask for advice in the store.
  • Make sure you regularly clean all your products with a damp towel and dry them with a soft cloth. They will come out looking new and won’t make a mess inside your makeup bag.

Ensure you clean all your makeup brushes and you’ll see how much easier it is to put make up on. Also it’s good to keep bacteria and any dust at bay. Here’s how to clean your brushes:

Natural hair brushes.

  1. Grab a mild shampoo with a neutral fragrance or an anti-bacteria hand wash and start cleaning.
  2. Rinse them thoroughly in cold or lukewarm water (avoid using hot water)
  3. You can then apply a hair treatment or a hair conditioner
  4. Leave it for a few minutes.
  5. Rinse again, until there’s no soap remaining.

Synthetic-hair brushes

  1. The best thing for your synthetic-hair brushes is a grease-removing product, such as washing-up liquid or an anti-bacteria hand wash.
  2. Thoroughly rinse them in lukewarm water to ensure there is no soap remaining.

TIP: Always leave your brushes to dry on a towel. Never let them dry vertically in a cup, this will ruin your brushes.

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New sponges and powder puffs

  1. These are cheap enough to buy new ones to be honest.


If you can, wash your toiletry bag in a washing machine, if the material and shape allow it. It may have a washing care label inside so check beforehand. If you’re unsure, clean it with a damp sponge and remove all left-over pencil shavings, broken pencils, bits of lipstick, foundation etc.

If it’s really messy and not clean at all, buy yourself a new toiletry bag with separate compartment. This way you can keep all your makeup products in order and they won’t leak all over.

Buy small, transparent toiletry bags to store your cotton wool, sponges, and powder puffs, keeping things more hygienic and clean.

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