4 Ways to Extend the Shelf Life of Your Beauty Products

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Whether it’s dried-out mascara or broken powders aplenty, there’s always an easy way to save your favorite beauty products and make them last (much) longer. See below for Savoir Flair’s top four tips that will make sure you get the most out of your makeup.

1

Fill Your Fridge

Not only can changing temperatures damage your beauty products (i.e. switching your AC off and on), but keeping them stored somewhere hot also means they’re going to dry out and become “stale” much faster. Housing your favorite makeup in a cool, dry place is a sure-fire way to keep it fresher for longer, especially when it comes to oil-based products like lipstick, foundation, and liquid liner. Additionally, be sure to always store your nail polishes in the fridge; you’ll be amazed at how long they’ll last without going gloopy!

2

Save Smashed Powders

Dropping your favorite bronzer or opening your bag to discover your blusher has smashed into bits is the worst. But before you despair and throw it away, there is a way to fix your favorite powder and make it perfect again. Simply piece it together and pour a tiny amount of rubbing alcohol before smoothing it out with your finger. It will be good as new in no time.

3

De-Dry Out Your Mascara

Dried-out mascara = a beauty disaster, especially when you haven’t had it for very long (thanks, hot summer). But you can save yours, even when it’s dried out, simply by soaking the tube in hot water for an hour. This dissolves the clumps and slightly “melts” your mascara, helping you get some more wear out of it.

4

Look After Your Lipstick

If your lipstick has broken off the bullet, don’t bin it; a flame will fix it. Hold a match or lighter over the top of the base (where there will still be a bit of product left) and heat it so the lipstick in the base melts. Then, take the main tube of lipstick that has fallen off and place it onto the melted base, pressing down gently to secure it into place. You can then take your lighter or match to melt where they join, making it look smoother. Put it in your fridge for about 30 minutes so it can cool and set, et voilà – broken lipstick no more.

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