• Lindsey @ VIP Bridal MUA

When good makeup goes bad!

Do you know how often you need to change your Makeup?

Makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Professional Makeup Artists sterilise their products and equipment before each use, but what do you do if you only use your makeup on yourself? Does that make it safe to use? Absolutely Not!

Here's the guidelines for safe makeup use:


Change your mascara every 3 months. It doesn't matter if it still seems fine or hasn't been used up yet; please change your mascara!

Liquid eyeliner:

Three months.

Cream eye shadows:

Six months

Pencil eyeliners and Powder eye shadows:

Two years

Just like mascara, bacteria tend to flourish in liquid-eyeliner tubes, and the product dries out. Pencil eyeliners have a longer shelf life because you can create a fresh, clean surface each time you sharpen them. (Just be sure to regularly sanitise your sharpener with rubbing alcohol.) Powder shadows, like pressed powders, are less prone to contamination because they, too, lack water (if you do wet them, toss after six months).

Just remember again that old products (including eye shadows) have performance issues: They get packed down, making it harder to pick up pigment with your brush, leaving you with a poor finish.

If you ever get an eye infection please stop using your eye makeup and replace it immediately


Change Face Makeup every 6 months, this will help prevent irritation and breakouts and old cosmetics can produce an uneven, undesirable finish as they age. Oils in the product rise to the top, and the consistency thickens.


Face Powders & Blushers present less of a problem because they tend not to get wet, so bacterial growth is severely limited, however botanical ingredients like aloe or jojoba can become harder to blend, and are more likely to crumble, as their trace amounts of water evaporate.

Lipstick and Lipliner:

Two years for lipstick, lipliner and lip gloss.

Lipsticks' water content makes them breeding grounds for bacteria. They also dry out with age. They no longer look creamy and smooth on the lips.

Long-wearing formulas may have an even shorter life span since they often contain ingredients that evaporate more quickly than creamier formulas.

Extending the life of old products:

You may have come across methods to extend the life of old products, for instance dropping saline eye drops in to dried out mascara. Please consider the health of your delicate eyes over the saving of a few pounds on a new product, if your mascara is old enough to have become dried and clumpy it's way past time to buy a new one!


Keeping your makeup clean and replacing regularly can save you from nasty irritations and infections...and you're too damn beautiful for any that!

Thanks for reading!

Love, Lindsey xx


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