If you’re looking for some tips on how to properly care for your lovely lip mates, then we’ve got the guide for you.

So let’s say you’ve found the perfect lipstick. It is the stand out stunner in your beauty collection. When you wear it, you feel like a million bucks. Odds are, it might have set you back quite a sum, and you want to make sure that you take good care of it.

The better you take care of your lipsticks, the longer they will last and the more use you can get out of them. That being said, it’s also important not to keep lipsticks for too long. All beauty products have limited lives and once they are opened, it’s important to not keep them for too long as they do expire.

The first thing to remember is that lipsticks are made up of materials that can and will degrade over time.

So if you’re looking for some tips on how to properly care for your lovely lip mates, then we’ve got the guide for you.

Store your lipsticks properly

Your lipsticks should be stored in a cool and dry place away from sunlight, direct heat, or overly humid environments. Heat causes lipsticks to melt, and its properties to break down, while humidity encourages the growth of mold. Keep them out of the bathroom, and away from sunlit windows!

Stick them in the fridge for 10 minutes

If you find that your lipstick has been left out in the heat for a while and it has melted slightly, you can simply stick them in the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes and it should firm right up. This tip is also useful if it appears that your lipstick bullet is cracking or is about to break. Keeping it in the fridge will solidify it and it should be good as new once you take them out.

Keep them clean

Hygiene for your lipsticks is extremely important, not only to keep them lasting long, but to ensure that your lipsticks (and your lips) stay clean as well. Keeping the lipstick bullet clean is one of the main ways to ensure hygiene. One way of doing this is to simply spray a bit of rubbing alcohol on the bullet or wand from time to time to remove any bacteria.

Keep them capped

Another way to upkeep hygiene is to keep your lipsticks capped and covered when you have finished using them, to keep them away as much as possible from external contaminants.

Throw them out when the time comes

It’s important to know when to cut your losses and throw away a lipstick that’s passed its expiration date. As a general rule, lipsticks can last up to 12 months once they have been opened. After a year, it’s best to throw them out, or if they begin to smell strange or you see a separation in its formula, it’s time to bin them.