How often should you replace your make-up?
When should you throw away makeup?
How can you keep your clown greasepaint stable?
How do you know if it’s gone bad?
Today’s professional clown creme make-up brands contain preservatives (except for Jim Howle which is more organic) so it can last a fairly long time without going bad.
Occasionally folks will suddenly have a problem with a product that has always worked for them in the past. This is not a issue with the product.
Don’t worry, your make-up has not gone bad. There’s no reason to throw away makeup just yet!
It is a change in YOUR body chemistry. The human body goes through a change about every seven years. If I understand that phenomenon correctly, all the cells in your body replace/regrow themselves. And some of those new skill cells may be more sensitive than your old ones.
So if you are near the ages of 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, 56, 63, 70, 77, or 84 …be warned, you may experience a little mayhem with your skin and its reaction to make-up.
First, try using Barrier Spray; this should create a barrier between your skin and the make-up and will prevent any reactions (including allergies).
If Barrier Spray doesn’t work, experiment with other creme makeup and greasepaint which have a different formula or ingredients from your usual stuff.
If you want to know the ingredients in Mehron’s products, they are all listed online for anyone to see. I appreciate their efforts to ensure a safe high-quality product and prevent allergic reactions. CLICK HERE to visit www.mehron.com
So…when DO I throw away makeup?
Mascara, eye liners with foam applicators, and anything that touches your eyes should be replaced every 4 to 7 months (unless it is a pencil which is constantly being sharpened down). Stuff that makes contact your eyelash or eyelid can pick up the little mites that live in your skin and hair, and grow the bad kind of bacteria inside the container, and then cause an eye infection.
In my opinion, the only reasons to throw away make-up (which does NOT touch the eyes) is if it separates, smells bad, or gets a bunch of powder in it. If you’re lucky, you can make most greasepaint last 4 years or more. Organic makeup, like Jim Howle’s, does not have the preservatives in it to make it last as long the mass-market products.
To keep your makeup from separating, make sure it is not exposed to extreme high or low temperatures, and not near humidity.
Many women are surprised to know that the bathroom is the worst place to store their makeup, because of the fluctuating temperatures and high humidity.
There are folks out there that tell you to replace all of your make-up every 6 months. I think that is extreme; it’s a huge expense and waste.
I have been clowning for over 30 years and I have never had any reaction to using my old makeup. However, I teach more than I perform so I don’t get into make-up as often as I used to. I will tell you I am still using the same large container of red that I used while I was in the Ringling Clown College in 1982! I only use it on my mouth. Still works! No rash; no problem.
Now…my good fortune could simply be an isolated incident. You may not want to press your luck!
As always — Let common sense prevail.
If you have a particular make-up question, email it to email@example.com or call me: 320-963-6277.
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