Last week, as per my usual weekday morning routine, I was watching Good Morning America while getting ready for work, when one of the segments caught my attention. I heard “makeup” and was quickly intrigued.
The segment, “How Dirty Is Your Makeup“, took a closer look at just how clean (or dirty) the makeup in department stores, and your own makeup bag, really is. As it turns out, makeup is quite good at harboring LOTS of different bacteria. There are hundreds of people who use makeup counter testers everyday, but they don’t always use the disposable applicators. (EEEWW!) And all those “dirty fingers” can spread everything from micrococcus to (eek…) e-coli, and we all know where THAT comes from!
Now, if you guys are anything like me (hopefully you’re not) you have your own decent sized stash of makeup…some of which may have been sitting around for a few more months years than you’d like to admit. I’ve heard many times before that it’s not good to hold on to old stuff, but after seeing all of these different bacteria that could be sitting in my own bag, I decided it was time for an intervention!
I grabbed my bag(s) and got to work…ok, so far nothing looks too bad, right?
Hmmm, looks like there’s a decent amount in there…
Then, it was time for the DUMP (WARNING, it’s a little scary…)
EEEEEK!! I haven’t seen some of this stuff in…well…I didn’t even know I HAD some of this stuff!
This one has got to be from high school or at least beginning of college (6-8 years old…)
And I definitely didn’t know I had this pencil down there…
Unfortunately, there was no salvaging this powder…what a bummer!
So, I decided the best thing to do would be to divide everything into 4 piles:
- Everyday makeup
- Occasionally used makeup
Here’s the TRASH – some of this stuff is SUPER old, and some I didn’t even know I had, so it can’t be missed anyways!
Here’s the occasionally used makeup. Sometimes I have some different eye shadows or pencils that I’ll wear for certain occasions, and depending on the weather, I’ll switch up the type of foundation I use. For example, in the winter I’ll use liquid foundation, because mineral powder seems to just “sit” on top of my skin, rather than absorbing in.
Here’s the everyday stuff. As you can tell, I’m not exactly partial to any one brand
And here are my tools. Different types of brushes, applicators, pencils, and cleaners.
It really is important to clean your brushes – not only for bacteria, but also to ensure that you’re getting the best possible application of your makeup. I like to use this Sephora Daily Brush cleaner. Just spray a couple quick sprays, wipe it off with a tissue, and you’re good to go!
Tips to Help Keep Your Makeup Clean
- Sharpen your pencils to remove bacteria on the outer layers. You can also use diluted bleach and makeup remover to clean the sharpener.
- Occasionally wipe down your lipstick, or shave off the top if you’ve shared it with someone else.
- Keep all lids and caps tightly closed. If you’ve lost a top, ditch the product.
- Thoroughly wash your brushes (with soap and water or a more concentrated brush cleanser) every few weeks.
- Wipe down your makeup bag with diluted bleach and makeup remover.
Makeup Shelf Life
- Mascara – 3 months
- Concealer – 12-18 months
- Cream blush – 12-18 months
- Cream eye shadow – 12-18 months
- Lip gloss – 18-24 months
- Powder – 2 years
- Brush & bronzer – 2 years
- Eyeliner & lip liner – 2 years
- Lipstick – 2 years
Hopefully this has helped inspire some of you to check out your own makeup supply! Hope you enjoyed!
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