I came up with this topic for a very personal reason: I recently got a stye in my eye and I'm pretty sure it was due to using mascara that I've had for … wow, like a year? I know, I'm hanging my head in shame as I type. There are lots of reasons you need to replace your makeup on a pretty regular basis, and here are the most important ones.
1. Grainy, Thick Foundation
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After half a year or so, liquid foundations and other types of liquid concealers have a tendency to get thick. They get those weird bubbles and they no longer go on smoothly. Some of them can even take on an odor, and you simply do not want to be wearing that on your face.
2. Bacterial Blues
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In reference to my little eye problem, anything that goes on your eyes should ideally be replaced between three and six months. This especially applies to eyeliner and mascara. If you really cannot bring yourself to replace your mascara, then try to wash the brush itself in hot water every couple of months. That can also make your mascara go on smoothly again.
3. Germ Carriers
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Every makeup brush can carry germs. If you use the brushes and puffs that come with your blush, eyeshadow, or powder, then often it can be easier just to replace the product. However, a lot of people use their own brushes. In that case, just make sure you clean them regularly.
4. Icky Liquid
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If you use a liquid eyeliner, it is even more important to be vigilant. That carries more germs than a pencil. You shouldn't even go six months before replacing liquid liner. Do so every three months at least, so you aren't putting your health in jeopardy. It's easy to get pink eye when you don't.
5. Lipstick Shenanigans
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Here's some good news: a lot of people worry that lipstick and gloss is like eyeliner, and needs to be replaced. However, if you aren't sharing it around with all your friends, you're safe for about a year. That being said, if you get sick or have a cold sore or something like that, it's a good idea to replace your lip color earlier.
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A lot of people don't realize this, but makeup artists and other experts are adamant about never using your makeup sponge more than once. Doing so can spread all kinds of bacteria. Since sponges are relatively inexpensive, if you use them, make sure you pluck out a new one every time you apply your makeup.
7. That's Sick
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Any time you are seriously sick, you may want to overhaul your makeup. At the very least, you should get rid of “susceptible products,” especially if you are sick with a bacterial based infection. That most often means you will want to toss your mascara and eyeliner first.
And yes, just in case y'all are wondering, I threw out that wicked mascara. I definitely don't feel like getting pinkeye. However, I bet I'm not the only girl out there who keeps using her makeup way longer than she's supposed to. Are any of y'all with me? Do you hold onto products way longer than you should?
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