As hard as it may be, don’t get too attached to the same palette of makeup. Over time your makeup gathers skin particles, germs and other icky matter you probably don’t even want to think about. But it’s still something to think about before you pull out your makeup case the next time you’re getting ready for a night of clubbing. One item that you should probably replace often is your eye makeup.
Think About It
Three common types of eye makeup are liquid eyeliner, mascara, and eyeshadow. If you think about what you do with your eye makeup, it might make you want to toss it all right now. You get eye boogers and crust around your eyes which can transfer over to the brush. Those boogers have germs, oil, and dirt. So when you put the brush back in after each use, you’re mixing the dirt and oil into the bottle. Not to mention if the eyes are somehow infected, continued use of the same eye makeup could cause a reoccurrence.
The length of time to keep your eye makeup on depends on how often you use it. If you apply your eye makeup daily, toss and replace it more frequently than if you use it once in a while to go out partying. As a general rule of thumb, replace commonly used eye makeup every three months. Also, change your makeup bag just as frequently — the inside can become like a petri dish of germs over time.
Clean the Brushes
If you want to preserve your eye makeup for as long as possible, clean your brushes after each use. Fill a cup with rubbing alcohol and drop the brushes inside for at least a half hour. Rinse them out with warm water and dry with a paper towel before putting them back into the makeup holder.
It is also important that you clean your face thoroughly before applying your eye makeup, paying close attention to your lids and lashes. Put some natural witch hazel on a soft disposable pad, close your eyes tightly and gently wipe away old makeup, dirt, oil, crust and other nasty things. Your eyes should be fresh and clean (no leftover mascara or eyeliner) before you make a new application.