Latoya Grindley, Gleaner Writer
Your make-up bag is bulging at the seams, crammed with make-up products - some of which you have used didn't use and which have used but long passed their expiration date.
Understandably, there are some things which are hard to let go. Like that favourite eyeshadow colour or that lipstick colour you got five years ago. But while you may have a strong attachment to these things, there comes a time when you should just bid farewell.
With the new year upon us, now is the perfect time to revamp those make-up bags and kits; throwing out the old and replacing them with fresh make-up. But how do you determine what needs to go? Below are a few pointers that can serve as a guideline.
Liquid foundations and concealers should be replaced every six months. To make your foundation last as long as possible, be sure to store it in a cool place.
Face powders should be discarded after two years.
LipGloss and Lipstick
If you notice a funky smell or taste, then that means your lipstick or lipgloss has done its time and it's time to replace it. Lipglosses and lipsticks on average though normally have a lifespan of 18 months.
Blush and Bronzer
Powdered blushes and bronzers are good for six to nine months. If you have purchased brushes/ applicators, remember to wash them thoroughly every nine months. If the brushes need to be changed, do so when changing compacts.
If you wear mascara daily, replace them every three months. However, if you only use it occasionally, then you can change every six months.
Powder eyeshadows can be kept for up to two years. Cream eyeshadows should be replaced every 12-18 months. Brushes and applicators should be properly cleansed or replaced.
Keeping eyeliners sharpened will allow them to stay fresh longer. They should be thrown away if they are older than two years.
Make sure that if you reuse your make-up sponges and wedges, wash them weekly but throw them away after a month.
Wash brushes every two to three months in a mild detergent.
If you continue to use dated products, their quality and effectiveness will be jeopardised. And for the liquid-based products, they will eventually be a target for bacteria to grow and thrive, which can cause skin breakouts.
So spring clean your make-up bag for the New Year and have a beautiful 2011.