Believe it or not, you’re makeup bag is actually a ticking time bomb. Just like our food, our makeup also has an expiration date and the tendency to grow some pretty nasty germs.
Little known fact: mascara is a highly perishable product. If you’re anything like us, you probably only replace your mascara once in a blue moon. Most mascara brands recommend throwing out your tube 4 months after first opening it. This is because mascara tubes are breeding grounds for all kinds of bacteria and can put you at risk for severe eye infections. “It’s the product with the shortest shelf life. You’re eyes are a really sensitive areas, so not worth the risk,” says Natalie Wright, senior makeup artist.
If you like to dabble between different foundations then you may be surprised to know that you should probably be discarding each after 6 months. Anything in a pot or that you dip your fingers into for application will need replacing more frequently as it is more open to air and bacteria. Opt for pump bottles if you want to stretch out the life of your favorite shade.
3. Makeup brushes
We can pretty much guarantee that you don’t wash your makeup brushes after each use. It’s okay, we are all guilty of letting them go a little grubby, but it could be causing you serious skin issues. “Makeup brushes carry the most germs as they go all around the face, are often stored in unhygienic conditions and are only washed on average once every four weeks,” says Natalie. Invest in a sanitizing mist to extend your time between washes and never blow excess powder off brushes.
Bad new for glitter lovers, the sparkly sprinkles of goodness can be really damaging to your eyes. Glitter particles can fall into your eyes through application or wear and cause irritation and corneal abrasions, which are bad news for your long-term eye health.