We all love a little glow on our cheeks and the quickest and easiest way to get our skin to glow is with blush. Most people keep blushes in their makeup drawer for years. We need to consider the following questions. How long does it last? Does bacteria grow on blush? When should it be tossed out?
Powder blushes, like those in compacts, can actually last for several years. Bacteria doesn’t thrive in a dry environment, so it’s perfectly fine to keep a blush for 2-3 years as long as it looks okay and still delivers results.
However, I do think think the best way to maintain powder blush is to use a butter knife to gently scrape the top layer. Oils from the face can travel back to the powder via the brush leading to a hard film on the surface, so using a knife will help refresh the blush.
More importantly, you need to wash your blush brushes at least once a month (if not weekly) as they can exacerbate clogged pores and breakouts.
Cream blushes that require your fingers are dipping into the pot, I suggest tossing them once a year. (Six months for “natural” formulas.)
Cream blushes in a stick are good for up to 2 years as long as you are using a tissue soaked in rubbing alcohol to wipe down the top at least once a month.
Tip: For any makeup that requires applying with your fingertips, be sure your hands and areas under your nails are clean.
With all makeup, if it’s starting to change color, separate or smell strange, it’s always best to toss and replace quickly.
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