In addition to harboring bacteria, expired cosmetics may cause skin irritation and eye infections. Recording the purchase date on each cosmetic can be helpful to ensure that items are replaced at recommended intervals.
Powders (including blushes, bronzers, and shadows)
Cream Shadows and Blushes
Lipstick, Lip Gloss and Lip Liner
Liquid or Cream Eye Liner
Use a specialty brush cleaner or a small spray bottle with isopropyl alcohol for daily brush cleaning – simply spritz brush thoroughly and swipe brush several times on a tissue. Brushes should also be washed at least once weekly to remove buildup of oils, pigments, and breakout-inducing bacteria.
Swirl the bristles in warm water diluted with a gentle cleanser or shampoo. To cut through intense pigments, try dishwashing liquid.
Run the bristles under a steady stream of warm water until it is clear, and all soap and debris are removed. Blot the brush with a clean towel and gently shape the bristles with fingers.
Standing a brush upright is a no-no! Water can wear away the glue around the metal band that secures the bristles to the handle causing the bristles to loosen over time. Instead, lay tools flat on a towel.