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BellaSugar's Guide to Taking Care of Your Cosmetics

BellaSugar's Guide to Taking Care of Your Cosmetics

I know that you've invested oodles of money in your precious makeup, and if you're anything like me, you probably like to hang onto it until the bitter end. But don't forget that cosmetics do have a definitive lifespan. The ugly truth is that once makeup is opened, it's exposed to grody germs that begin to live inside. Here are five rules for how best to care for your makeup.

  • If you see mold, it's too old. This probably goes without saying, but anything with black, green, or white spots should be discarded immediately.
  • Keep it clean. Though you can't actually clean your makeup, you can minimize additional contaminants by cleaning your makeup brushes regularly.
  • Not sharing is caring. Sharing your makeup is unsanitary, as it transfers infectious bacteria such as staph, conjunctivitis, yeast, and fungus.
  • Keep it cool. Store makeup in a cool, dry place. Direct sunlight can alter the preservatives in your makeup.
  • Stay dry. For liquid makeup, use disposable applicators, such as Q-tips, and give your sponges plenty of drying time so as not to encourage bacteria.


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cocca cocca 10 years
thanks for the advice!
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Look how nasty that powder brush is in the picture. :sick:
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
ya this kind of stuff works for me for about a week and than everything gets strewn about again. im a natural born slob
lea88 lea88 10 years
of course....
rubiesymusica rubiesymusica 10 years
wow i think defintely the washing of hands (especially under fingeranails)should be in there. everything gets contaminated that way. i do it before and after applying and maybe during if i feel i have gunk stuck under my nails or that my fingertips have smudged my makeup.
vedoyle vedoyle 10 years
Hi Bella- where are the containers from pictured above? I love that they're clear so you can actually see your makeup instead of digging through a tain case!
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
Luckly my sheer cover comes with a new brush every time I buy a new kit. It forces me to throw away the old one and have a fresh new one. It really keeps my skin clear & breakout free
sofi sofi 10 years
I've known that makeup had a certain shelf life, but I can't bear the thought of throwing any of it away. I have never seen anything growing which is good. I am sure there is plenty I can't 'see'.
bizzybee bizzybee 10 years
Bella, any tips on how to care for hair brushes, especially the boar bristle kind? Thx!
Lala77 Lala77 10 years
thx Bella for the advices , I used to share my cosmetics with my roommates , I"m not gonna do it anymore :)
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