Let’s face it. A lot of us have makeup products lying around the house that we’ve hardly ever used. Which, quite frankly and in hindsight, was a waste of money. Either we were convinced by an ad we saw, or was persuaded by our favourite YouTuber’s review, or perhaps by a friend. Now the product has come and we’re like eh…
Don’t worry, we’ve all been there and we’ve all done it. ‘So what’s the point of this guide?’ I hear you ask. Well this is to help you declutter your makeup bag with a few tips on preserving your beauty essentials, preventing unwanted germs and maybe even save you some money.
Tip 1: Before and after applying makeup be sure to wash your hands to prevent an unwanted transfer of germs.
Tip 2: Beauty products tend to have either an expiry date written explicitly on them or a recommended use by date in the form of an opened container symbol with a number and an M. For example if it says ‘9M’ that means to be used within 9 months of being opened.
Now of course this is subjective, dependent on various factors like where and how the product is stored, temperature etc. As a rule of thumb, if you think your beauty product has gone off (let’s say you notice a weird smell or change in colour or texture) it’s probably best to get rid of it.
Tip 3: When it comes to natural products, use a year as a guide. Natural products tend to have a shorter shelf life so be more conscious of the expiry date on these products. A number of natural beauty products can be stored in the fridge, if this is the case with your product do it as it will help keep your product fresher for longer.
Tip 4: This one is something that I know most of us are guilty of. According to experts, mascara is meant to be kept for 3 months and no longer than 6 months. Also, when using your mascara, refrain from pumping your mascara wand in and out of the mascara as this gets air into the tube and results in an increased transfer of bacteria. Pull the wand to the top and twist it out gently.
Tip 5: Here’s another good ’un. To save your eyes and lip pencils from forming any bacteria after you’ve used them, make sure you sharpen them after each use.
Tip 6: Now this one’s a personal favourite and yes, you can thank me later. Highlighting the cheekbones, brow bones and nose is a beauty trend that caught the beauty world by storm. It’s a nice way to glow like a glazed donut. Okay maybe not the best description, but done well, it definitely gives you a nice glow.
Now here’s the fun bit. If you haven’t got a highlighter to your name, eyeshadow can double up as a perfect alternative. So go ahead and play around with your golds, silvers and pale pink eyeshadow shades and see what works for you.