BEST-BEFORE BEAUTY: IS YOUR MAKEUP EXPIRED? by C Jackson

You wouldn’t drink spoiled milk or eat bacteria-ridden food so why would you apply beauty products that are way past their use-by dates?

 

by CANDICE JACKSON

 

Much like food or medicine, beauty products have an expiry date. However, because these expiry dates are not as clearly outlined, enforced or seemingly dangerous as the others mentioned, they tend to be treated pretty loosely or ignored altogether.

 

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a horde of products in your cabinets or makeup bags, have used a tester packet for more than one test (that’s a no-no by the way) or have continued using a beauty product even when you know it looks (or smells) a little funky – dry, claggy mascara, anyone?!

 

SO, WHEN IS IT REALLY TIME TO TOSS THAT PRODUCT?

Mascara

Make sure your mascara gets changed over about every three months or when it becomes claggy or dry. Never dilute the mascara tube with water. And never EVER pump the wand in and out of the tube; this increases the chance of bacteria being pumped inside and ending up on your eyes.

 

Eyeliner

We all know you can get a better line with liquid, but pencils can last longer as continual sharpening helps shed bacteria and other nasties. Liquid eyeliner should be treated like mascara and be discarded after three to four months.

Probably don’t try to shove your lippy back into the tube if this happens.

Lipstick
For the perfect (and safest) pout, experts suggest refreshing your lipstick every 12 months or when it no longer sticks, looks dry, begins to crumble or just isn’t preforming as well as it once did.

Eye shadow
Powdered eye shadow can be kept for up to two years, as long as it hasn’t crumbled, dried out or lost pigment. If you can part with eye shadow sooner, it’s desirable.

Blush
Cream-based blushes could be used for up to six months, while powdered blushes can be used for 12 months after opening. Keep an eye out for a change in colour, cracks or odours as a sign for early retirement.

Perfume
Once opened, a perfume usually lasts about three years if stored in optimal conditions. If you notice the fragrance colour darkening or the scent changing, it’s time to replace it.

Nail Polish
Your favourite polish can last up to two years in the bottle if cared for correctly, but if it’s your favourite you’ll probably use it all by then. You’ll know to replace it if the colour has separated from the oils or the brushes have gone hard.

Make sure your foundation hasn’t separated before slapping it on your skin.

Foundation
Bacteria favours wet conditions, so it’s best to use liquid foundations for six months or until you notice a separation or colour change in the liquid.  This rule can also be used for liquid concealer.

Powdered foundation, on the other hand, can last much longer (up to 18 months). The lack of oil in the product makes it more resistant to breaking down or becoming a bacteria breeding ground.

Brushes
You should be using brushes to apply all of your makeup (or sponges, both of which are way better than your hands) so it’s very important to keep an eye on their quality. If they’re not clean, the bristles are falling off or fraying, or are kept in a damp place, you’ll need to replace them often. However, if you buy good quality brushes, wash them after use and give them a gentle hair shampoo once every two or three weeks, you’re in the safe zone.

WHERE DO YOU FIND THE EXPIRY DATES?

Some products will be kind enough to supply the expiry date on the package, but most make you work for them. Many beauty products will print a batch code on the actual product or on the packaging the product comes in, which can then be searched on their website to find out more about when it was packaged and how long it should last.

Check the back of your product for this little handy hint of when it expires.

The easiest thing to look for, however, is the little icon depicting a jar with the lid open with a number and an M or Y. This indicates the recommended duration of use after you’ve opened or broken the seal of the product, e.g. 6M means six months.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF USING EXPIRED PRODUCTS?

If it smells bad, looks off or has dried up, it’s not worth the risk of becoming friendly with the bacteria that has possibly taken up residence in your beauty products… and multiplied. Using beauty products beyond their best-before or use-by dates can cause skin irritation, rashes, blemishes and various skin or eye infections. Yuck!

But hey, just look at it as a way to limit your monthly makeup spend! Or buy smaller product sizes to ensure you get to use everything within the time frame.

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BIG BROW MISTAKES YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU WERE MAKING by E Best

The eyebrows are the frame of the face – get them crooked and the whole picture looks off.

 

Eyebrows are funny little things. When they’re perfect, no one really notices they’re there. But mess them up and watch the comments roll in. It can be hard to keep those little critters in shape all the time, so we’ve gathered the biggest mistakes you need to stop right now (thank you very much) to keep your look on fleek.

1. TRYING TO MAKE THEM IDENTICAL

Your eyebrows are like sisters, not twins; trying to make them look identical is only going to lead to over-plucking and other dramas. Which leads us to…

2. OVER-PLUCKING IN GENERAL

Don’t go plucking mad trying to get your beauties to be perfect. Obsessive-compulsive plucking can lead to brows being way too thin, which leads to over-penciling. And being too zealous with tweezing can also lead to a “Spock” effect – brows that stop in the middle and have no tail. In case you were wondering, the sci-fi look is NOT on fleek this season.

3. GOING TOO POINTED

Spock was cool, but his brows are not of this world. Image: Star Trek

No beating around the bush here, ladies: we call this the b**ch brow. Maleficent sported these babies during her reign of terror and people were scared of her for a reason. Sure, it can make you look more powerful but do you also want to look super unapproachable? Stick with a more neutral shape and leave the pointy brows in the ’90s where they belong.

4. NOT SEEING A PROFESSIONAL FOR MAINTENANCE

Sure, we all like to think we can DIY but in reality it pays to get a pro to shape your brows. They’re a major defining area of your face. Seriously, have you ever seen how weird people look without eyebrows? It’s not pretty. Book in with a brow stylist to shape your look every six to 12 weeks, and then you can maintain it between sessions. It’s a small price to pay for perfection.

5. TWEEZING BEFORE A SHOWER OR BATH

Hot water and steam can potentially loosen hairs and you might lose a few in the showering process. There’s no guarantee it will damage your newly-plucked brows, but do you really want to take that chance? Shower first, then work with what you have later.

6. GOING TOO DARK WITH YOUR EYEBROW FILLER

Don’t let your eyebrows wear you! Image: Pinterest

You need to drop the goth look, stat! Your real eyebrows aren’t a solid colour so why on earth do we colour them within an inch of their lives with a pencil? Doing this means people will hone in on your brows instead of your face. NOBODY wants their eyebrows wearing them as an accessory; it should be the other way around! The trick to fixing this is to fill them, then use a spoolie brush to blend and lightly brush the colour into your natural brow. Remember, the most colour-dense part of your eyebrows should be from the middle arch to the outer end.

7. OVER-WIDENING THE GAP

We all know that the second we see the beginnings of a monstrous monobrow popping up we want to nip it in the bud faster than you can say Frida Kahlo (sorry, Frida!). But being overenthusiastic in banishing the beast can lead to a gap wider than Bass Strait. So how do you figure where you need to stop? Line up a thin makeup brush from the corner of your nose, through the inner corner of your eye and up to the brow. Where the brush skims is where your brows should begin.

8. USING BROW STENCILS

These are great in theory but, as any beauty therapist will tell you, one size does not fit all. It can be difficult to figure out which stencil matches your natural face shape, so we always recommend getting any shaping done by the pros.

9. GETTING YOUR BROWS DONE (WAXED, THREADED, TWEEZED) DURING YOUR PERIOD

Because ouch! Your skin and follicles are hyper-sensitive during these times so put it off until afterwards… unless you enjoy pain, in which case go right ahead!

10. SKIPPING BROW GEL

Brow gel is the step you never knew you needed. Image: YouTube

Why go to all the effort of shaping your brows to perfection if you’re just going to let them run wild? You wouldn’t put your hair in an updo and then just skip the hairspray and leave it to chance, so why do that to your eyebrows?

11. SKIMPING ON QUALITY TWEEZERS

Just like a chef needs good knives to create a masterpiece, so too do brow queens need good tweezers. You want to look for slanted tweezers rather than those with a pointed edge as they’re much easier to work with. And spring for the stainless steel ones; inferior metals can irritate sensitive skin.

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Makeup Artist Rae Morris: Low-Maintenance Tips for High-Maintenance Girls

It is bet­ter to arrive late than ugly. How­ever, it is best to be punc­tual and look banging.

Award-winning makeup artist Rae Mor­ris has worked on many a famous face–from Miranda Kerr to Naomi Campbell–and she knows all too well that makeup appli­ca­tion and shop­ping for cos­met­ics can be both time-consuming and confusing.

But it need not be. Rae is author of five out­stand­ing ref­er­ence books on the art of mak­ing up, and now she is prepar­ing to give birth to a new baby: The Ulti­mate Beauty Guide, her sixth tome on look­ing lovely. Just check out her work from the forth­com­ing book, below, on model Lana Zaco­cela, shot by pho­tog­ra­pher Gavin O’Neill…It’s noth­ing short of awe-inspiring! This is a sneak peek into her new project, not even avail­able in stores yet!!! Just look at those eyes!

I have col­lected every book from Rae’s illus­tri­ous 20+ year career in makeup, and I find them to be invalu­able ref­er­ences. They are chock-full of low-maintenance tips for high-maintenance girls.

Here are the rest of Rae’s incred­i­ble books. You’ll want to buy them all!

Makeup, the Ulti­mate Guide was Rae’s first attempt in pub­lish­ing back in 2008, and this book is bril­liant! “I wanted to cre­ate a book that would bring high-end fash­ion makeup into the realm of every­day life,” Rae said. “Every sin­gle look–even the most glam­orous ones–was bro­ken down into a sim­ple step-by-step photo guide with clear and con­cise instruc­tions, so that no mat­ter your expe­ri­ence, you could teach your­self.” She con­tin­ued, “This is the for­mat that I have stuck with ever since. The response was amaz­ing and the book became an instant best-seller.”

As a quick aside, Rae man­aged to get Cather­ine McNeil for the front cover and Miranda Kerr for the back cover. Not bad for book num­ber one.

Rae changed focus with book num­ber two, Express Makeup. “I have spent a lot of time in my career work­ing back stage at fash­ion shows where every­thing has to be done quickly,” Rae stated. The tricks that she has learned in the trenches of fash­ion were the inspi­ra­tion for this book.

Whether you have fif­teen min­utes to spare or just five, there are express fixes per­fect for women who may be put off by how long it takes them to do their makeup,” she said. This book is all about real women with real-world time frames, about tricks like using sticky tape to do eye­liner and the most effi­cient sequence in which to do your makeup. “Express Makeup is about mak­ing makeup liv­able,” she added.

Time­less Makeup was Rae’s third book in 2011. “It was really a cul­mi­na­tion of sev­eral things for me,” she said. “I’d just turned 40 and hav­ing been a pro­fes­sional makeup artist for almost 20 years my appre­ci­a­tion of beauty at all ages had really evolved.”

Fas­ci­nated with the dif­fer­ence makeup could make in reduc­ing the signs of aging and, when applied with age appro­pri­ate­ness, how makeup could actu­ally cre­ate a time­less beauty as we age, Rae belted out another win­ner with Time­less Makeup.

Rather than work­ing on 15-year-old super­mod­els, I found I actu­ally often pre­ferred older mod­els where a sim­ple tech­nique could lit­er­ally takes years off appar­ent age,” she said.

This book focuses on women over 30 where the signs of aging are start­ing to show, and the aver­age model age in Time­less Makeup was 56.

Along the way two other books emerged as extracts: Beau­ti­ful Eyes, being the eye sec­tion of Makeup, the Ulti­mate Guide, and Quick Looks, below, Rae’s lat­est release, which is derived from Express Makeup.

My books are now pub­lished in eight lan­guages and are used as the cur­ricu­lum text for makeup acad­e­mies around the world.”

She con­tin­ued, “I’m par­tic­u­larly proud of this because I’m dyslexic,” she stated, adding, “I’m just more pas­sion­ate than I am dyslexic!”

You can find all of Rae’s books on her web­site, and while you’re at it, you just have to check out her awe­some col­lec­tion of mag­netic brushes…Yes! Mag­netic!

 

The mag­net in the base of the han­dle means the brushes can securely stand upright,” as opposed to just lying down, Rae explained. “This takes up less space, makes them extremely easy to orga­nize and find, and is great from a hygiene per­spec­tive because the brush heads don’t have to be in con­tact with any­thing. In com­bi­na­tion with our stor­age sys­tem, the mag­nets secure the brushes in tran­sit, this pro­tects the heads so that you don’t open your kit on arrival to find bent brush bris­tles every­where,” mak­ing them per­fect for travel!

Another nice trick is that when you clean your brushes you can hang them upside down (using a metal sur­face) and they drip dry!

But the most impor­tant aspect to Rae’s brushes is the intel­li­gence with which they are shaped–the artis­tic keen knowl­edge that’s applied to each and every brush.

Over time I became more pas­sion­ate about brushes than any­thing else in my kit–over years I tested dif­fer­ent designs and tex­tures and in the process, almost with­out real­iz­ing it, I came up with my own range of brushes. My brushes are the secret behind many of my most famous creations.”

To me, makeup is all about the brushes. You can do more with min­i­mal prod­uct and an incred­i­ble brush range than you can with cot­ton buds and draw­ers full of makeup.”

Thanks, Rae, for shar­ing! You are an inspi­ra­tion to women every­where who want to look great but don’t have hours and hours to primp. We love you!

Thank you to 'Beauty Shall Save the World' for this article, click here. 

WHAT DOES IT ACTUALLY TAKE TO TRANSFORM YOUR BROWS?

It’s time for a complete brow overhaul. But what does it take to get a whole new brow shape? Just five simple steps!

You’ve had your current brow shape for years now and it’s time for a change. After all, your face is a totally different shape since the last time you attacked your arches and they’re not exactly on-fleek anymore. But what does it actually take to be able to totally make over and reshape your brows?

STEP 1: GROW, GROW, GROW

If you want a brow makeover, you’re gonna have to brave growing those babies out. Growing out your eyebrows is a long process… if you want to do it properly, you’re gonna need to let them go rogue for at least three months (although experts recommend six). After that, you’re left with Mother Nature in all her glory, which can sometimes be scary. The growing out phase can be likened to new teeth coming through: everything feels crooked and awkward in the beginning but eventually it’s worth the wait. I had a scruffy bristle of hairs at the beginning of each brow, which tapered off into a few strays – hardly the bold arch I was hoping for. To make matters worse, my blonde hair made it look like I had barely any eyebrow hair! If you’ve ever seen Photoshopped images of celebs without eyebrows, you know that’s not a look to strive for.

Tip: There ARE ways to get through the bushy brows phase without shutting yourself off from society completely. If nothing else, invest in a good eyebrow pencil and brush to help maintain while they’re running wild. And don’t neglect your brows entirely; experts can get rid of any fluff or the odd hair that’s growing too far above or below the brow line. This isn’t going to set back your growing-out process because, in the long run, these stray hairs won’t be used. 

STEP 2: ENLIST A BROW WHISPERER

After spending months growing out the girls, you want to know they’re in good hands. So now is the time to seek professional help. I contacted Chernae Silk, owner of The Brow Bar; with her reputation as a “brow whisperer”, I had no doubt she could coax these babies back into shape.

STEP 3: VISIT A HEAVENLY ARCH ANGEL

Any good brow artist should be able to tweeze you back into shape. And that’s exactly what Chernae did, measuring from the inner side of my nose to the end of my eye to discover my perfect arch point. The arch point is from the bulb of the nose up across to the coloured iris of the eye, and it offers a great lift.

STEP 3: VISIT A HEAVENLY ARCH ANGEL

Any good brow artist should be able to tweeze you back into shape. And that’s exactly what Chernae did, measuring from the inner side of my nose to the end of my eye to discover my perfect arch point. The arch point is from the bulb of the nose up across to the coloured iris of the eye, and it offers a great lift.

STEP 4: COLOUR ME HAPPY!

One of Chernae’s mantras is that your eyebrows shouldn’t wear you. Going with a colour too dark for your complexion is a total no-no. To complement my ash-blonde hair and cool blue eyes, Chernae took me from a warm reddish-brown to a soft charcoal. The colour was custom-blended and it instantly changed my entire face.

STEP 5: DIY

It’s all well and good to leave the salon feeling like a million bucks, but how on earth do you get big, bold, beautiful brows every other day of the week? Chernae let me in on a secret: all you need a good pencil, powder and brush. With a pencil or powder, trace the base of the eyebrow. Define the line of the top of the eyebrow. Position the arch by measuring from the nose of the bulb, across the face to the coloured iris of the eye. Double the thickness of what you already have at the top of the tail (arch) to the end of the eye. Feather the front lightly and you’re done!

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