I saw a segment on Sunrise (Channel 7) the other day about how long a make-up product lasts. I think many of us purchases an item and keeps it forever and ever – how many people actually finishes using a product and buys a repeat? I certainly don't…
I'm always seeking out a new mascara, new foundation, new lip gloss, or anything, that I'd like to try. Then I walk into a department store or a skincare shop and find even more products to try. I've collected so many varieties of each kind of make-up, and consequently my cupboard has spilled over into a drawer in the medicine cabinet, as well as an extra storage box… They are filled with all the products that I've tried for a month and moved onto the next thing. I've kept them all.
Well, today, I'm writing to discard that myth that make-up lasts forever. It harbours germs and bacteria, just like any perishable item in the fridge. I compiled a list from that Sunrise segment for how long each make-up item lasts:
Mascara: 3 months
Foundation: 12 months, or liquid foundation: 6 months
Lip gloss: 18 months
Eye shadow & blush: 2 years
I think I should throw away 75% of my make-up products. Another way to avoid harmful germs growing in your mascara or lip gloss (eww GROSS, can you imagine that?) is to place the products in the freezer overnight at a frequency of every couple of months – because it can get expensive to throw away stuff so frequently.
We should also be washing our make-up brushes at least every 2 months. I think I'm pretty good with this. I make it a hobby to wash my brushes as I love watching all the brown stuff come out. I know that sounds pretty disgusting, but it's more disgusting to leave it in there! If you have never washed your brushes, I think you would be surprised how much make-up is actually caked on inside those bristles!
So I share with you a washing method I picked up from a magazine:
- Place 1/2 cup of bicarb into a small tub of hot-to-boiling water (60-100°C).
- Soak the brushes in the tub and leave overnight.
- Next morning, wearing rubber gloves, rinse as much dirt off as possible in the bicarb water.
- Wash the brushes with a few drops of dishwashing liquid.
- Leave out to dry.
The only problem with this is that you might need a second set of brushes to tie you over for that morning, but it is definitely worth it.
With a bit of care, we can avoid harmful germs, and hopefully have clearer skin too!
By the way, don't even think about sharing make-up products with other people, or applying testers to your face! Yuck yuck yuck!