Ever wondered how often you should clean your make-up brushes? Or when to replace that eye shadow palette you bought half a decade ago? Here we answer all your questions to help you spring clean your make-up bag ready for summer…
By Rachael Martin
You wouldn’t sleep in the same bedclothes for weeks on end, or wear the same top for months without washing, and the same applies for your make-up brushes. After multiple uses, oil, dead skin cells and residue will build up on the bristles, which is not only bad for your skin but not a very nice thought! As a result, it is recommended that you wash your make-up brushes every two weeks.
You can use an inexpensive unscented soap to wash your brushes, or we recommend the Brush Cleanser by M.A.C, £11, which cleans, disinfects and conditions your brushes all at once so that they will last longer.
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Whether you use every single product in your make-up bag, or you have an old eye shadow or forgotten lip gloss that you haven’t worn for years, every beauty product has a shelf life. Products that are out of date can cause irritations or even infections, so make sure you check on the packaging for when it says it expires.
As a general rule, you should throw out liquid foundations after six months, but powder foundations can last up to two years. You should replace your mascara every three months (if it lasts that long when you wear it every day like us!), and liquid liners should be replaced around the same time. Pencil eyeliners and powder eye shadows can last up to two years though.
A good make-up bag should not only suit your personal style, but it should also protect your products and be easy to clean – as there’s no point keeping all your brushes and make-up clean if the bag is dirty! These cute letter make-up bags can be personalised and are practical, with a black waterproof lining which can be easily wiped clean.
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