A Guide to Extend the Shelf Life of Your Makeup Products

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I am sure all of you are aware of how frequently we need to clean our makeup tools. Also, most cosmetics have an expiry date, so you should avoid using them after that. But, we are guilty of using our favourite cosmetics for a longer time than intended. This post will help you to prolong the shelf life of cosmetics for a few months. That said and done, do not expect to use this method to make a makeup product last for more than a couple of years. So, keep reading girls!

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Yes, you should ditch your mascara every three months or so. Also, do not pump the wand in and out multiple times. To make your mascara last longer, invest in clean mascara applicators. The mascara wand attracts loads of germs, so by using sterilised applicators, you can use it for a couple or three months more. Add a few drops of saline solution to remoisten your dried up mascara. But, if your mascara has become dull or flaky, consider tossing it out.

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Eyeshadows and Compact Powders:

Eyeshadows and compact powders have a longer shelf life, which varies from six months to a year. The first and foremost thing is to use clean makeup brushes while applying them. Also, do not use your fingers or stained makeup brushes to apply any of these products. If your eyeshadow or compact powder has cracked, use rubbing alcohol to set it back in place. Also, if a film or coating has been formed over the top of your eyeshadow or compact powder, scrape it off using a clean mascara wand before reusing it.

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Never compromise on the quality of your foundation. It can last for a year. Do not dip your fingers in the foundation tub or bottle as it can cause the formula to break down faster. Use a clean foundation brush or sponge for the same. Check your foundation after a few hours. If you see the colours, pigments and oil separating in different layers, you should toss it as soon as possible.

Eyeliners and Kohl pencils:

While retractable pencils are convenient to use, sharpenable ones are more hygienic and safer to use. Our delicate eye areas are prone to infections, so avoid sharing products with anyone. If the liner has an oily or whitish film on top, throw it. If you had an eye infection recently, do not use the eye pencil or liner without proper sterilisation.

Proper Storage:

Store your makeup products in a cool, dry place. Wet makeup products like concealers, highlighters and foundations can become a breeding ground for germs. Try to store lipsticks and liquid makeup in refrigerators. Store pressed powders, eyeshadow palettes in a clean drawer or organiser.

A Guide to Extend the Shelf Life of Your Makeup Products

Dry your Makeup Brushes under Sunlight:

Sunlight acts as a natural disinfectant. So, after you have washed your makeup brushes and sponges with an appropriate cleanser, dry them under natural sunlight. This way they will be disinfected thereby, reducing the chances of contamination of cosmetics.

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