Makeup is only as good as the tools you use, that means your tools must be in their best condition; clean brushes, puffs and sponges; sharpened tweezers; makeup containers in perfect shape; and makeup that’s not too old to use safely.
A brushes set will last several years if it’s well cared. This involves storing them properly and keeping them clean. To clean them yoi can use baby shampoo (or a special cleaning gel) in your palm, wet the brush and swirl the bristles around your palm until it’s covered in soap. Rinse thoroughly untill all soap residue is gone. Don’t inmerse the brush head in water because the hair is glued to the base, and even the most expensive bruses will come apart.
Let your brush air dry with the bristles hanging off the edge of a counter so it dries into the perfect shape. Brushes can become mildewed if they rest on a towel by drying.
Clean all your brushes every month ot two. For a quick cleaning in between washings, use a spray brush cleanser.
High-quality sponges can be washed many times before they need to be discarded. Alternatively, you can try disposable synthetic sponge wedges available at the drugstore, you can wash them and reuse them only a few times before you throw them out.
Powder Puff Care
It’s worth investing in a good-qulity powder puff. Handwash the puff using the same liquid soap you use for your brushes, or toss it into your next load of laundry or on the top rack of the dishwasher. Remeber this step can be only done with a good-quality puff.
When tweezers get dull they are no longer as effective at grabbing onto and removing small hairs. You can take them to a knife shop for sharpening. Some brands like Tweezerman have an all life guarantee so you can get your tweezers sharpened when needed.
Eyelash Curler Care
The rubber pads that line the inside of an eleash curler are there to protect the lashes, so when the pads start to wear out or break they must be replaced. Try to get a rubber pads set, there are some brands that aren’t so expensive.
Examine the contents of your makeup bag, drawer or cabinet. Take out anything that’s in a broken container or missing a cap. You can pour liquid foundation into a fresh bottle, scoop out creams and lispsticks and transfer them to small containers of palettes, and place capless pencils in zip-top plastic bags. Broken powder blushes and pressed powder compacts are irreparable and should be tossed.
You also need to get rid of any makeup that’s past its expiration date.
Liquid and cream foundation 2 years
Concealer 2 years
Powder 2 years
Mascara 6 months
Lipstick 12-18 months
Lip and eye pencils 12-18 months
Eye shadow 2 years
Powder blush 2 years
Cream blush 2 years
Moisturizer 2 years
Eye cream 6 months
Sunscreen 2 years
Face cream 2 years