Sometimes, it’s hard to let go. Your makeup collection is a part of your life. Day after day after day you reach for those much-loved products…. and for good reason. They help you unleash your creative side and have fun while you’re at it. No wonder so many of us struggle to toss out old beauty products. Maybe I’ll use it again! What if I can’t find a replacement? But they discontinued that shade! You deserve better. It’s time to let go of products that have surpassed their usefulness. This is your guide to moving on with ease….
Moving on: Makeup
Let’s start with the big one, makeup. Different products have different shelf lives. That means you can use certain items for a year or two and others for a few short months. It may not always seem fair but hey – that’s life! Before you get the rundown on the lifespan of your favourite bronzer, it’s important to understand why makeup products need to be thrown out. Over time, products change. You might find that the consistency is thicker, the colours have altered slightly, or the longevity of that 24-hour mascara is seriously lacking. This happens when the chemicals in the makeup start to break down, making application more difficult.
So, when should you move on? Generally speaking, when you find your products are changing in colour or consistency. Otherwise, there are a few general rules to follow. Your mascara should be thrown out after three months or so. Foundation and concealer are a year, powders (like mattifying powders, blushes, bronzers, and eye shadows) last for eighteen months, cream products for a year, eyeliners for a year, liquid liners for five months, and lip products for a year to eighteen months.
Moving On: Brushes
There’s a reason you invested in a good set of makeup brushes. You love the soft, fluffy bristles and how perfectly they glide over your skin. Until they stop being fluffy…. and glide isn’t the word you would use to describe the feeling. It’s not just makeup that needs to be thrown out every now and again. Your brushes do, too. Unlike makeup, which tends to have a shorter shelf life, you can get years and years out of your brushes. Some last for one while others can last for five or more. It really depends on the quality of the brushes you purchase and the level of care you give them.
How can you tell when you need to say goodbye to your beloved brush collection? One clear sign is when they shed excessively. The odd bristle here or there isn’t a big deal…. but when it starts to happen more and more, look into your replacement options. Other signs include: bristles that feel stiff and hard, brushes that do not return to their original shape, sparse areas, and odours.
Moving On: Nail Polish
There is a common misconception that nail polish lasts forever. This is only kind of true. While a bottle of nail polish can last for a very long time, eventually it will dry out, become goopy, or the colour will thin. All of the shaking in the world won’t be able to make it right again! Despite the fact that there is no expiry date on nail polish, sometimes moving on is still a necessity.
Take a long hard look through your nail polish collection. Are there any bottles that have changed colour over the years? That look a little lackluster? Maybe that glitter polish is not quite as glittery as it used to be. Or it is evaporating and becoming hard to use? If that happens, toss it. You can always find a new nail polish to update your collection with.
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Have you done a makeup declutter lately?