Listen up make-up lovers… did you skip Spring cleaning your make-up bag? Don’t worry! You can do it now! Summer is here and we are loving every minute of it! Here is a quick list to help your clean up efforts!
- Mascara: Toss your mascara after 3 months. Mascara has the shortest life span of all make up because the risk of transferring bacteria back and forth from your eye into the mascara tube is so great. If your mascara starts to dry out before its 90 days is up, throw it away. Don’t add water or saliva to your mascara to rewet it. Doing so will only increase your chances of getting an eye infection.
- Eye pencils: Eye pencils can be kept up to 2 years. To make sure you’re using a clean tip, sharpen before each application.
- Eye shadows: Keep your applicators clean and your liquid shadows should last 12 months. Powder shadows will keep 2 years.If you’ve had an eye infection, you’ll need to throw out all the eye make up and applicators you used from the time you developed symptoms. The virus or bacteria that caused the infection has probably taken up residence in your make up, so using those cosmetics again could cause you to develop another infection.
- Lipsticks: You can stow your tube lipsticks and your lip pencils for 2 years. As with eye pencils, sharpen your lip pencils before each use.
- Blushes and powders: Discard your cream blushes after a year, powder blushes and powders after 2 years.Think of your make up a bit like you do your food. If it smells weird, develops a film, or has a mold-green tint to it, it’s gone bad and needs to be tossed out.
- Foundations and concealers: Moisturizing foundations and stick concealers can hang around for 18 months. A 12-month shelf life applies to both oil-free foundations, which can dry out quickly, and liquid concealers.Using clean brushes and sponges will help lengthen the life of your cosmetics. Be sure and wash or replace your applicators frequently.
Need a new make-up make over for the Summer? Try this:
- GET THE LOOK:1. Start with clean, moisturized and primed skin!2. Add a shadow primer on the eye.
3. Using a fluffy shadow brush blend a rust loose shimmer shadow on the crease of the lid.
4. Sweep a matte creme colored shadow just under the brow.
5. Skip tweezing and go natural.
6. Add a matte brown shadow on the outer edges (top and bottom) of the lash line for a smokey feel.
7. Line the top and bottom water line of your eyes. Take a short bristled shadow brush and smudge in a little rust shadow under the bottom lash line. Finish eyes with a full lash and mascara.
8. Clean up any fallen shadow with a face wipe.
9. Apply concealer under the eye (don’t mess up your eye makeup).
10. Apply a stick foundation all over the face. BLEND!
11. Add a rust/peach blush on the apples of the cheek.
12. Line your lips with a flesh tone lip liner. Complete the look with a matching matte lip stick! AND Ooo La La!
Anna Castillo – Celebrity Make-up Artist
Beauty editor for DC on Heels. Anna is a celebrity makeup artist/stylist, active duty air force member and owner of Ink Cosmetics. That’s right, she can karate kick chop you and apply your lashes at the same time. Follow her @inkcosmetics