We can all agree that during this time of social distancing, we have a bit of extra time to do things that we’ve been putting off for a while – like cleaning your makeup brushes or clearing out your beauty counters. L’Oréal Paris’ Makeup Artist and Expert, Jodi Urichuk has some great tips and tricks to keep in mind when you decide to start your spring cleaning.

How to clean your makeup brushes:

  1. Treat your brushes like you would treat your hair. Since deep cleaning is very important for the longevity of your brushes, try washing them with L’Oréal Paris Extraordinary Oil Shampoo/Conditioner to leave them feeling soft and looking clean
  2. When cleaning more stubborn product like foundation, concealer, and lipstick, try using dish soap
  3. Always keep your brushes facing down while running them under the tap and keep water away from the ferrule (the metal connecting the brush head to the handle)
  4. After rinsing, gently squeeze out any access water in the brush head and lay it flat to dry
  5. Jodi recommends attempting to clean your brushes once a week to protect them from collecting bacteria and also to help preserve the longevity of your makeup products

How to get the most out of your products:

  1. When determining whether you should keep a product, look for the expiry date and then check the smell and consistency of the product.
  2. The bathroom isn’t the most ideal place to store your makeup since humidity allows bacteria to thrive in moist environments. Try storing your makeup in a cool, dry spot.
  3. If you’re almost out of a product in a tube, try cutting off the bottom and dig out what’s left into a smaller, easy to use container.
  4. If your mascara is running out, add a few drops of saline solution to help with the consistency and give you a few more uses
  5. Just when your lipstick seems like it’s impossible to use, remember that there is still half a bullet of product left in there. Dig it out and put it in a palette or container to make sure you use every last inch of product
  6. Remember to wash and detail your shadows, blushes, and creams as well as their lids with Isopropyl alcohol or brush cleaner and a q-tip to really get into every corner.
  7. Mascara lasts about 3 months
  8. Powders can last anywhere between 1-2 years
  9. Foundation can last between 6 months to a year, but if in a bottle that is sealed it can last up to 2 years
  10. Lipstick lasts about 2 years

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