A British survey revealed that women spend an average of 14.5 minutes doing
their makeup during the week, 24 minutes on the weekends, and up to 76
minutes when they have a big night out. All of that time spent putting
your best face forward should count, and it should start with keeping
your makeup and tools used for application in tip-top shape. Here are
some makeup do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.
DO make sure to replace concealers with wands or stick concealers
at least once a year
Concealers are often used to cover up more than just uneven coloring on
the skin, but are also used to tone down the appearance of an unsightly
blemish. Blemishes = bacteria and germs!! You don’t want to contaminate
your concealer with whatever bacteria it might’ve picked up from
the blemish, so it’s usually best to dab some concealer on the back
of your hand and apply it from there.
DON’T keep your mascara or eyeliner if you’ve had pink eye or any other
eye infection. Even it was your absolute favorite, it’s not worth
risking getting another infection. You can always replace it or try another
mascara or eyeliner you’ve been thinking about trying.
DOmaintain your makeup brushes. Cleaning your concealer and foundation brushes
at least once a week helps to keep any potential bacteria growth at bay
and prevent product build-up. Eye makeup brushes should be cleaned at
least twice a month as well. Plus, there’s nothing like putting
on makeup with a freshly cleaned brush.
DON’T keep mascara or eyeliner for more than 3 months. The FDA recommends changing
mascara this often due to microbial exposure during use.
DO use gentle facial wash or makeup brush cleanser to clean your brushes.
This will help to keep the bristles from becoming dry and brittle.
If you’re a DIY kind of gal, there are a number of homemade makeup
brush cleanser recipes all over the internet. Some call for both dish
soap and olive oil (to condition the brushes), some have said white vinegar
and dish soap. Dish soap does seem to be a common ingredient. Have fun
trying out different combinations and maybe you’ll come up with
a recipe yourself!
DON’T become a product hoarder!!! If you haven’t used it in over a year,
that might mean it’s time to toss it. Out with the old, in with the new.