Many people know makeup has an expiration date. And whether you buy your makeup from Walgreens or from Nordstrom, by extending the life of your makeup, you will have much more money down the line in your makeup budget. Now wearing expired makeup will not kill you, but it will give you lackluster results. So here are a few tips to prolong the shelf life of your makeup:
- MASCARA – Feel as if your mascara is drying up, but cannot get a new one until payday? Give this trick a try. Tighten the cap of your mascara, and let it sit in a cup of extremely hot water for three to five minutes. The hot water is going to loosen up the dried mascara inside the tube, helping to be almost like new. Doing this will extend the life of your mascara for about a week before you have to purchase a new tube.
- EYELINER – The absolute worst place to store your eyeliner is in the bathroom. Eyeliners should be stored in a cool dry place. If you store your eyeliners in an area where it gets warm, your eyeliners will begin to melt. A bathroom where you take a hot shower will make your eyeliners get warm and eventually melt.
- FOUNDATION – You should replace your foundation every six to twelve months. If you do not replace them regularly, your makeup will not look as good as it should. But what should you do when your foundation goes bad? Observe the foundation after it has had time to settle. If the pigments and oils have become separated, the foundation needs to be replaced. To make that expensive foundation last longer, mix it with a small amount of moisturizer. This will turn your expensive foundation into a tinted moisturizer. And although it will go on your face lighter, you will still get coverage.
- PRESSED POWDER – After a period of time, pressed powder will develop a “film” on top of the powder. To fix this and make it as good as new, take a piece of tape and place the tape on top of the powder. When you lift the tape, your pressed powder should be as good as new.
Hopefully these tips and tricks will help extend the shelf life of your cosmetics, and save you some money to put towards new makeup.