Wearing makeup is fun, lets you be creative and allows you to express yourself. It can also boost your self-confidence and feel really empowering. It’s a nice form of self-care as it can be relaxing to put on your makeup and have a bit of ‘me’ time. But let’s also make sure you’re practising makeup-wearing that also looks after your skin! Here are some tips to keep your makeup and you at your best!
- DO: ALWAYS remove your makeup before going to bed at night
We get it. After a long and tiring day, the first thing you want to do is just plop on your bed and rest. But if you don’t remove your makeup correctly, your skin is more likely to clog and cause pimples! It can also be super irritating when your face rubs against your pillowcase. Want low-effort when you are feeling tired? Keep some cotton rounds and our Oh So Extra Pineapple & Coconut Face Cleanser on hand, as it is a cream cleanser it can go on dry without water too. Refrain from getting makeup wipes. We know it's tempting and seems like a super easy solution, but those can end up irritating your skin and moving around the makeup on your face - rather than cleaning it off. Also, makeup wipes aren’t the best for the environment as they will go straight to a landfill.
2. DO: Always remember to clean your makeup brushes
When was the last time you remembered to clean your ol’ brushes? You probably can’t remember off the top of your head, am I right? Your blending sponge and makeup tools can all store bacteria, dust, oils and dead skin cells. These can transfer back and forth from your face, causing a recipe for acne disaster! Not only that, it's super easy for your face to get bacterial infections. That's why if you use them regularly, we recommend you wash your makeup tools at least once a week.
3. DO: Always wash your hands before doing your makeup
This applies to skincare as well. This means you won’t be spreading the germs from the surfaces you’ve touched, straight onto your face. Let’s face it, your phone is probably the most grabbed item and could be housing heaps of bacteria. Wash and dry your hands ALWAYS before touching your face. Your skin will thank you for it.
4. DO: keep your makeup products tightly sealed after use
This prevents air and other nasties from settling into your products. Make sure you’re doing this with your skincare products too, so they don't go off or dry out.
5. DON’T ever share makeup
You should never pass around makeup with your friends - especially mascara or lip products. These ones can easily shelter bacteria and viruses and allow them to thrive in numbers. Ever heard of cold sores and pink-eye? They don’t sound very fun, do they? Definitely stick to your own makeup. When shopping, ask for makeup to be sanitised with alcohol first, before trying them out. Who knows how many people have sampled them before you?
6. DON’T keep your makeup past it’s PAO date
Period-after-opening date, aka PAO, is a little jar symbol on most cosmetics that tells you the useful lifetime of the product after first opening. The little jar symbol will contain a number and is followed by the letter ‘M’. This lets you know the reasonable length of time the product will stay in good condition. Generally, dry products can get away with longer, but practice caution. For example, mascaras should be replaced when they get dry or every 6 months - as it is easy to develop eye infections as time goes on.
7. DON’T keep makeup in hot spaces or sunlight
Keep your makeup stored in a nice cool area. Do not expose them to direct sunlight or keep them in hot spaces (such as your car or sunroom) for long periods of time. Beauty products usually contain preservatives that help your makeup to keep and last longer. Exposing them to excessive amounts of heat will kill them off and make the product go bad. A change of colour, texture or smell means it's time to throw those bad boys in the trash.