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When does makeup expire?

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We all love holding on to our favourite mascara or lipstick for years, hoping it won’t finish and we can use it for the rest of our lives. But unfortunately, at some point, it’s time to let go; those nostalgic colours may be the reason you’re breaking out. Old makeup can carry unbelievable amounts of bacteria which you transfer to your face by using it daily. So, whether you choose to believe it or not, makeup does have an expiry date, and we’re here to help you figure out when yours has reached its:

 

Mascara:

You apply this to your eyelashes on the daily not knowing the amount of bacteria it carries, and this is probably one of the oldest items in your makeup drawer. Replace it every three to four months to avoid eye infections and irritation.

 

 

Lipstick:

Though lipsticks aren’t too prone to growing bacteria, they do tend to smell a bit funny over time and change in texture. A good time to replace your lipstick is after about a year, but you can also wait and replace it if the texture changes (gets harder to apply on your lips).

 

 

Liquid Foundation:

Replace your liquid foundation every six to 12 months. The foundation will usually separate into two layers or change colour when it’s time to chuck it in the bin!

 

 

Powder Foundation/Blush/Eye Shadow:

Powders can last a little longer than most makeup – about two years. But when it comes to eye shadow, we suggest replacing it a little sooner, because it may cause an eye infection! Remember, though your makeup may not have expired, you’re likely to be putting bacteria on your face through your brushes, so make sure you clean them every three months.

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What Goes On Must Come Off – The New Makeup Remover Everyone’s Talking About

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What’s worse than getting home past curfew after a rad party? It’s removing heavy eye makeup and budge-proof mascara (shortest horror story) when all you’d rather do is sleep without a care in the world. Nevertheless, sleeping with makeup on is a big no-no as it can clog the pores and irritate the skin.

If you’re tired of rubbing your eyelids raw and shedding a few precious eyelashes in the process, Vaseline will be your new best friend.

Vaseline? Really?

Yes, you heard that right! A pot of good ol’ Vaseline is a lifesaver when you want to remove heavy makeup in a matter of minutes. Vaseline’s light, emollient texture helps heavily pigmented makeup slide right off without damaging delicate skin around the eyes. The best part yet, it comes highly recommended by Dermatologists, and they swear by its sheer efficiency.

What else can Vaseline do?

Apart from Vaseline’s tried-and-true makeup removing properties, it can also come to your rescue in the middle of a makeup mishap.

  • It can tame grizzly brows and baby hair
  • Replenish dehydrated skin
  • It can sub in for mascara

Works as a lip balm

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50 Shades of Foundation Frenzy – How to Pick One That’s Right for You

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The secret to a selfie ready face? The perfect foundation! A foundation should help make your skin look like the best version of itself. The wrong tone and formula can make your skin look sallow and cakey. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for your next beauty haul.

Know your undertone

If you don’t know whether you have a cool, neutral or warm undertone, chances are you’re wearing the wrong shade of foundation. Here’s what you need to know:

  • If you have a naturally rosy glow or the veins on your wrist appear blue or purple, you have a cool undertone.
  • If the veins on your wrist appear greenish, you have a warm skin tone.
  • You have a neutral undertone if your veins appear bluish green.

Sounds like too much work? Don’t worry! Just use the metal jewelry trick. If Gold jewelry pops more on your skin, you have a warm undertone, and if silver looks better, your undertone is cool.

Formula Matters

Before you pick the formulation, pick the coverage type; Full, Medium, or Light. Light to Medium coverage foundations will always be more buildable and you can add layers based on the look you want to go for.

The formulation depends on your skin type. If you want an oil-free formula for acne-prone skin, try on a shade that’s LIGHTER than your original shade. Oil-free, matte formulations tend to oxidize after a few hours and turn yellow or orange. Also, steer clear from dewy foundations as they are packed with light-diffusing particles.

For those with dry skin, go for a dewy formula that will cover imperfections and keep skin moisturized throughout the day. Another wrong move that most people make when buying foundation is trying out the shade on the back of your hand. Try it on your jawline instead to check if it’s a match.

Pro tip – Not a fan of heavy formulations? Get Fair & Lovely’s BB Cream – it gives your skin just the right hint of color for a lit-from-within glow.

Two’s a charm

If your shade is not on the cards, don’t settle for any other – mix and match to create your perfect shade. You’ll need a lighter foundation and one that’s slightly darker than your original shade. The good thing about having a foundation duo at your disposal is that you can use it for contouring.

Pro Tip – Always shade test the foundation out on your jawline. This will help get you closest shade to your skin tone.

Got more tips to share? Let us know in the comments below.

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