How to store makeup correctly

Hi Ladies and Jellyspoons

Today I'm going to be talking about a topic nobody likes, but don't despair, I have a solution to offer as well. When we look in the mirror and notice little crows feet developing on our faces and hands, we are very aware of how time takes its toll on all of us, but we tend to forget that almost everything ages with time, even our makeup. I know a lot of you will tell me: "Amanda, I'm not going to throw away my makeup just because the label says I should." And I agree with that. I have some collectibles and special Viva Glam lipsticks that I can never replace, so there's no way I’m throwing them out. But makeup isn't everlasting and eventually the oils in our lipsticks and foundation become rancid. Just as we aren't willing to put rancid oil in our food, we shouldn't be willing to apply it to our skin either.

In saying this, the expiry date at the back of every cosmetic product is subjective. Just like a box of tomatoes might take longer to expire than the expiry date predicts, makeup has a date that is on the safe side. So while your lipstick might still be fine, the companies would rather err on the side of caution, which means most expiry dates are set earlier just for safety. They also don't keep in consideration that different climates and room temperatures have different effects on our makeup.

I'm going to share a few tips with you to prevent your makeup from expiring faster than it should.

Pressed Powder

When it comes to pressed powders like eyeshadows, blushes and bronzers etc it's not so much the ingredients that make them expire but the amount of germs and bacteria it gets exposed to over the months. So always try to keep your brushes and beauty blenders clean to prevent the spreading of germs. I wash them weekly with Johnson’s Top to Toe shampoo, and I do a daily spot clean with Mac’s Blush Cleanser on a paper towel.

Another tip is to add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to your powder products every 2 months. This will keep your products germ free and it's a hygienic habit to incorporate, so one can't go wrong. The alcohol evaporates without changing the product’s colour or consistency. It's also a good idea to not lend these kinds of products out to other people. They might not always treat it with the same care that you do.

Lipsticks and other cream products

Back when I used to live in a high rise apartment, the sun would always shine through my curtains and onto my dresser. One day I came home and found my most beloved lipsticks melted down.. grossly.

I quickly put them in my fridge, but I was too late! :( The can damage could not be undone. With a heavy heart, I removed the product and melted it into a lipstick palette.

Ever since then I have declared that I would never deal with melted lipsticks ever again. So now every time spring arrives in Seoul, I gather up all of my creamier lipsticks and place them in a sealable container which then goes into the fridge. (I can't do that with some that have cheaper metal containers, because the condensation could potentially cause rust.) This keeps the oils in the lipsticks fresh for longer.

I hope these tips have been helpful to you. I wouldn't want anyone to throw good products out before their time.

Lots of love


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