Makeup Tools and Expiration Dates

Makeup can help us look our best, but expired makeup and dirty tools can do more harm than good. Taking care of your makeup and supplies is an essential part of any beauty routine. How to clean makeup brushes:

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Almost any shampoo will work to wash makeup brushes, but it's best to avoid drying shampoos or ones that deposit color. I use the Suave shampoo I bought from the dollar store or the reject shampoos I have lying around.

Wet the brush, and place a small amount of shampoo in the palm of your non-dominant hand. Facing the brush toward the floor, swirl the wet bristles of the brush in gentle circular motions.

Rinse and repeat this process until the foam is white and the water runs clear. Gently press the extra water out of brush tip and reshape the makeup brush.

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Lay the brush on top of a paper towel on a flat surface. By laying the brush flat, the glue that holds the bristles in place will not be compromised or loosened by the water in the cleaning process. Let the brushes sit over night to dry.

Makeup brushes should be gently washed once a week. If the makeup brushes are used on more than one person, they need to be washed between every use.


Expired makeup can cause infections and breakouts. It's best to be sure that the makeup you are using is at its peak. Keeping makeup over a long period of time can be unhealthy so be sure to write the date you opened the product on the container.


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Estimates of expiration dates:

Mascara will go bad in about 6 months to 1 year. If you open the bottle and the mascara seems dry or does not make the "pop" noise as the suction is released when you pull out the wand, throw it out immediately.

Eye cream expires after 6 months.

Concealer, powder foundation, liquid foundation, cream foundation, moisturizer, cream blush, powder blush, bronzer, and eye shadow should be thrown out after 2 years.

Lipstick, lip pencils, eye pencils,  should be thrown out after 1 year to 1.5 years.