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Proper handling of your cosmetics

Published on March 22, 2018 at 13:00

Cosmetics are in direct contact with the fragile skin of your face and the delicate area around your eyes. It is therefore important to handle and store them properly, so that they don't degrade too soon, or worse - so you don't contaminate them with germs that could later cause infections.

Moisturizers and foundations

Never use your fingers to take product out of a container. Instead, use a washable or disposable sponge or applicator.

To avoid contact with your fingers, opt for products offered in a pump. These containers also better protect the product from degradation caused by exposure to ambient air.

It is recommended that you discard creams and foundations six to twelve months after opening, or as soon as you note signs of degradation, such as a change in odour or colour, or ingredients separating.


Experts recommend discarding mascara three to six months after first use. If the mascara becomes thicker and more difficult to apply, that is also a sign that it should be thrown out. Never add water to the tube to dilute the product.

Eyeshadow and eyeliner

Powder eyeshadow is more stable than cream-based products. You can keep it for three to six months, provided you never get the powder wet (e.g. using a wet applicator to pick up the powder). Cream-based eyeshadows should be discarded after three months.

Never use your fingers to pick up and apply eyeshadow. Use a brush or the applicator provided with the product.

Sharpen your eyeliner pencil each time you use it, to remove any potentially contaminated coating. Liquid eyeliners must be discarded after three months, due to a high risk of contamination.

Applicator care

Make sure to wash your sponges and brushes regularly, at least once a month. Use warm water and a brush soap or mild shampoo. Rinse thoroughly and air-dry completely before use.

General tips

  • Store your cosmetics in a cool, dry place. The bedroom is a better place to store them than the bathroom.
  • On the container, write the date that you first opened the product, especially if you don't use it often.
  • Never share cosmetics with others.
  • Be careful with samples at cosmetics counters. If you want to test a product, ask for a clean tester and use a disposable applicator.
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