Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Good Morning Utah.. time to clear out your old makeup!!

Last week I had two segments on KUTV Ch.2 morning news(here in Utah). For the first segment I figured it's almost spring and I should talk about spring cleaning your makeup! Everyone has makeup they don't use and even makeup that has traveled with them since they can remember... Well it's time to clean out your makeup bags ladies!! Not only is saving every piece of old unused makeup a waste of space it is also a breeding ground for bacteria! If you don't remember how long you've had it you've had it too long. Old makeup and dirty applicators can cause infection or irritation. Plus tossing out old makeup means new makeup-yeay!! 
                                               Here's how long you should keep your makeup:
Three months: mascara and liquid liners
 Six months: eye creams, eye foundations/concealers/base, cream eye shadows, any other cream or gel base for eyes, face powders which have had brushes or sponges in contact with the product, foundations that are cream or cake
One year: liquid foundations, cream/gels, moisturizer, concealer used on face providing it is in a tube and does not have an applicator
 18-24 months: lipgloss
 Two years: lip liner, lipstick, powder, cake blush, bronzer, eye shadows

Also you are going to want to take a look at your makeup applicator tools. Are they sufficient? Dirty? Floating around in the bottom of a drawer or bag?  These become dirty and bacteria filled quickly. Toss out any used sponge applicators that came with the makeup and invest in some good washable brushes. This way you can extend the life of your makeup by eliminating the amount of bacteria and oils you introduce to it. Get a brush bag to keep them organized and clean. Clean brushes and makeup as needed. Clean eyeliner by rubbing an alcohol soaked cotton ball over the pencil and sharpening the tip completely. Clean brushes in anti-bacterial soap or a mild shampoo. Make sure to rinse well until they are clean. 
I hope this motivates you all to clean out your makeup! :)

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