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How long do you keep your mascara before throwing it out? The sales person behind the makeup counter will typically tell you to turf it every 3-6 months!! But if you're spending up big on your favourite little tube of blackest black then that feels like a stupid waste of cash! So what if you do keep it that little bit longer? I mean come on!! Whats the worst that can happen??
Mascara is a liquid product kept inside an air tight container. Everytime you re-insert that little magic wand you are forcing air into that container. This is why we say not to 'pump' your wand because that air simply dries your product out alot faster. But what about bacteria? Those nasty little microbes like to catch a ride on your wand as you deliver them straight into a cosy little one bedroom condo with enough moisture to breed. Picture the Gremlins when they jumped into the swimming pool!! Eeek!! That bacteria can then go on to cause all sorts of lovely eye problems that will not only prevent you from wearing your favourite product, but may also make you want to stick your head in a paper bag for a few days. Needless to say, I hope, you NEVER EVER SHARE your mascara and ALWAYS use disposable mascara wands when doing makeup on someone else. Keep the lid on tight and store away from heat.
So 3 months or 1 year?? Have a look on the packaging for this symbol. The number represents the recommended number of months a product is considered safe to use after it has been opened. And it doesn't matter if you only use it on the weekends. As soon as you open that little tube of lash perfection, the product starts to deteriorate. Same goes for you foundation, moisturiser and every other product in your bathroom. If you can't find this symbol then the next best rule of thumb is to chuck it as soon as it seperates, changes colours, gets gluggy or starts to smell funny. Not all mascara smells are the same though so always have a little sniff when you first open it so you have something to compare it to.
At the end of the day if the products are for personal use then you are really only risking your own health in which case use them as long as you dare. But, if you call yourself an Artist, then you have an obligation to your clients to ensure all the products in your kit are safe to use. Is it time your kit had a cleanout?
I was chatting to one of my brides today and gave her what I believe is my best beauty tip for her wedding day!! Get a good nights sleep the night before the eve of the wedding. It may not sound like much of a beauty secret but the fact is the night before your wedding will be a great big mixed lolly bag of emotions, so sleep tends to be a pretty elusive thing. We all know the virtues of getting a good nights sleep include radiant skin and brighter eyes, so carry your bags onto the plane people, not under your eyes! Give yourself the best possible chance to look radiant and glowing on your big day.
So two nights before you say "I do", put away the bonbonnieres, stop folding the Order of Service, mute the phone and head to bed early. After all, you do need your beauty sleep.