How To Properly Care For Your Makeup

If you’re a girl who loves her makeup, there’s nothing more important than making it last. But unfortunately makeup doesn’t last forever. Do you know how to properly care for your makeup? Or do you know when it’s time to let go of your makeup? Well here are a few tips to help make the most of your cosmetics.

Store it Properly

Most cosmetic products don’t fair well in hot or moist conditions. Be sure to keep your makeup in cool dry places. Avoid storing them in the bathroom. All that warm moist air can ruin its texture or consistency. Moisture and heat can also promote the growth of bacteria and the last thing you want to do is put bacteria ridden makeup on your face. Too much heat can also cause your pallets to melt ruining the smooth consistency of your products.

Clean Your Tools

After extensive use, your make up tools will eventually build up make up and get dirty. Be sure to clean off your tools frequently. Synthetic brushes should be cleaned with warm water and mild soaps or with special makeup brush cleaners every couple of days. You can also substitute a gentle eye-makeup remover as a cleaner. Apply a cleaner of your choice to the bristles of your brush, run them through warm water, and wipe them dry on a paper towel. Then reshape your brush’s bristles as they dry.

Natural bristle brushes need to be cleaned differently. They only need to be cleaned about once a month with a small amount of shampoo and warm water. Pour a small amount of shampoo into the palm of your hand. Next, gently swirl the brush into the shampoo. Rinse the bristles under warm water, dry with a paper towel and reshape the bristles as they dry.

Throw it Away

As much as we hate it, even makeup has a shelf life, and you really should follow it. If your makeup takes on odd smells, it’s probably best to throw it away. If your mascara, lipstick or any other creamy products have lost the consistency, or are separating; throw them out. Mascara needs to be replaced every three months.

This is the biggest problem for me. I tend to hang on to mascara tubes far longer than I really should. Hi, my name is Elle, and I may or may not be a mascara tube hoarder. Hi, Elle. Alright, now that we’re past that. Let’s talk about why you have to chuck that old makeup.

Old makeup eventually is exposed to everything, bacteria, sweat, dirt, and a million other things. Mascara tubes eventually fill with air and can dry out. Not to mention, mascara tubes are also susceptible to bacterial growth. Now let’s be honest, what’s more terrifying than putting bacteria on your face or near your eyes. Bacteria in and on your makeup is bad news and can lead to clogged pores, break outs, or eye infections. All that sounds like pretty bad news to me and that’s really more than enough for me to let go of all those mascara tubes.

Keeping proper care for your makeup will certainly extend its life span. Hopefully these tips and tricks help you make the most of your make up while you’ve got it. But remember, even you will have to let go of your makeup at some point.


By Elliot Woods

Elliot Woods loves writing for the health and beauty industry. She greatly enjoys sharing her knowledge of make up with readers and currently writes for various makeup artist schools in Utah.


  1. Keeping your makeup tools clean is so important. Thanks for sharing these tips.

    – KW

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