Beauty Routines: Ideas for Make-up Storage and Tips on Shelf Life


June 3, 2014

Beauty Routines:  Ideas for Make-up Storage and Tips on Shelf Life

Make-up in some shape or form is on every woman’s beauty routine list and taking up counter or vanity space. With so many varieties to choose from, a lady can’t just choose one color! Make-up done correctly can accentuate beauty and make women feel like a million bucks. Having the right tools and donning gorgeous shades can boost confidence and make women feel glamorous even for a trip to the store.

Sometimes as women buy up the new seasonal colors and choice and throw them in with their older collection the stash starts to overflow and it's easy to forget which ones to keep and which ones need to be thrown out. Outside of finding a location, preferably your own vanity, there are some other ideas you might consider for organizing your make-up.

Reisa Mehlman, a New York State Licensed Aesthetician, Nail Specialist and the Founder of Living Well Healing Arts Center & Spa, suggests putting pencils, lip gloss, or mascara into crystal barware -- like highball glasses.  If you have a lot of pencils, you can divide them by type; for example, one glass for eyes and one for lips. Here, you have a choice.  If you don't have too many, one glass will do the trick.  She keeps these on her vanity top, which she says makes it very handy and quick.

Choose smaller bins that you can buy even at the dollar store in your color choice, or decorate to suit, for eye shadow, blush, and compacts. Another option would be to search vintage and thrift sales for unique glassware, tins, and boxes that would make a lovely menagerie in which to not only showcase your make-up, but to arrange for ease of use. Or you could pick-up one of those spinning pencil holders and use for your brushes!

Find upright holders or glasses or brushes so it’s easy to pull out the one you need at a moment’s notice and keep them available to the air. You might also use a silverware tray for long tools and make-up tubes and keep them in the vanity drawer.

Be sure though to store all your make-up in a cool, dry place that doesn’t have direct sunlight. Also, make sure to always close the lids tightly, no matter how much of a hurry any given morning has you in.

How long should you keep your make-up?

Mascara: Three months. The risk of transferring bacteria back and forth from your eye into the mascara tube is high so that is why you must monitor its short shelf life. Don’t add water or saliva to mascara to moisten it if it does dry out as this will increase your chances of getting an eye infection.

Eye Pencils: Two years. To make sure you’re using a clean tip, sharpen before each application.

Eye Shadows: 12 months for liquid shadows and two years for powder. Keep your applicators clean.

Lipstick: Two years. As with eye pencils, sharpen your lip pencils before each use.

Blushes and Powders: Cream blushes, one year. Powders, two years.

As with anything, if you notice a weird color or smell, it’s time to throw it out and buy new. It probably has a build-up of bacteria. Using clean brushes and applicators can increase the life of your product.

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