How to Tell When Your Makeup is Expired

Hello BH Beauties! If you’re obsessed with makeup and beauty like me, you probably have several drawers and containers full of makeup samples, palettes, lipsticks, mascaras and more.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not normally thinking about expiration dates when I get my hands on a hot new product! But after I’ve played with that new eye shadow, lipstick, liquid eyeliner, whatever – it might get lost in a drawer. If I ever find it again, I usually have no idea how old it is! If you’re smart enough to put a piece of tape on your makeup with the dates you opened them, you’ll be okay. For the rest of us, it’s important to know how to tell if and when our makeup has expired.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

shutterstock_145290685Mascara & Eyeliner – If you can only keep track of one product’s expiration, it should be mascara or eyeliner. The second they start irritating your eyes, flaking excessively, clumping and more – throw them away! About a year ago I went a few weeks with really itchy eyes. I thought I was spending too much time looking at a screen or that my contact lenses were too old. But after changing my lenses and spending a few days away from the screen, I finally realized it was my mascara! The second I started using a new one my eyes stopped itching. Mascara and liquid eyeliner only last a few months, so throw out any old, open products.

Makeup Artist Tip: If you get an eye infection, throw out your eye makeup. It’s probably been contaminated and pink eye isn’t fun to have twice.

Powdered Foundation & Eye Shadow – Anything powder will last for about two years, and if it’s something you love – it won’t be around that long! If it’s that eye shadow palette you got because it had that one color you really wanted and you never use the rest… throw it out once it gets too hard, or the consistency or color changes. If you keep it in your bathroom, make sure it is sealed properly or else the moisture in the air will damage a powdered product.

Concealer, Liquid Foundation, Cream Makeup – If it’s water-based it’ll start getting bad between 12-18 months. You can tell its expired if the color changes, it starts smelling strange, or your favorite concealer isn’t doing it’s job the way it used to. Liquid products tend to have more problems with bacteria and can cause breakouts when they get too old.

Lipstick & Lip Gloss – Lipstick will usually last for two years, but your favorite gloss only has about one year of shelf life. Once your lipsticks are dry and difficult to apply, toss ‘em.  When gloss is bad, it becomes overly sticky, streaky, globby – none of which I want on my lips.

Now that “spring cleaning” is on our minds (at least some of us!) hopefully these tips will help you to clean out your makeup collections and determine whether that lipstick from senior prom should stay or go.

5 Bloggers Rockin’ St. Patty’s Day Makeup

Happy St. Patty’s Day BH beauties! If you’re going all out and looking for green makeup ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Here are five great looks for you to try from some of our favorite bloggers using BH Cosmetics makeup!

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Mimi from MakeupWithdrawal

Mimi used the Take me to Brazil palette which has great neon colors – perfect if you want to do a bold bright green look for St. Patricks Day! We love the combination of the winged cat eye and the bright makeup. Check out the tutorial on her blog.

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Karen from PinkAddictive

Karen has a gorgeous look from last year that we had to share. She used the BH Cosmetics 88 Color Palette (matte) and incorporated white eyeliner and a slight cat eye into her look. the green eye shadow really makes her brown eyes pop!

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Cristina from Let Them Have Polish

If you have the BH Cosmetics Party Girl palette, you’re in luck because Cristina has a beautiful dark green smoky eye that could work for lots of skin tones!

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Nicola from NicoleKateMakeup

Nicola used the BH Cosmetics 120 Color Palette 2nd Edition to create this matte bright green and blue eye shadow look that is perfect for blue-eyed beauties. We love how her bright colors are paired with a graphic twist on the traditional cat eye!

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Sheila from Painted-Ladies

Sheila used the 28 color smoky eye palette to create this stunning eye look! Sheila has beautiful brown eyes and these colors complement them so well. Check it out and see if you can do it yourself.

Happy St. Patty’s day beauties! We can’t wait to see the looks you’ll be doing on Instagram!

Celebrate March’s Birthstone: Aquamarine

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Hey March Birthday Babes!

As we’re getting closer and closer to the first day of spring (which is the 20th by the way), March’s birthstone couldn’t be more perfect! Aquamarine’s light and cool color reflects the ocean blue and pretty much complements all spring colors. March babies share a lot of qualities that remind us of the sea, like their love of traveling and finding joy in peace and serenity. With such soothing qualities, it make sense why those born this month are very approachable people and good listeners.

Get ready for the spring season by playing around with bright colors, especially blue! Create tons of fun, bright looks with our 88 Color Shimmer Palette, which has a wide range of blue and green hues for you to create your own ocean-inspired look. Balance out your bright eye look with some neutrals from our 88 Color Neutral Palette. Blend the colors together to get a vibrant and cool, yet collected look. Line your eyes with our Gel Liner in ‘Gunmetal’ and sweep on some of our Loveable Lash Mascara (don’t forget to first curl your lashes with our Eyelash Curler) to give your eyes more depth and drama. Bring some color back into your cheeks using our Duo Blush Palette which has three different choices of shimmery and matte blushes. With your eye makeups full of color and drama, keep the lips simple with our Lip Gloss in ‘Peace Love & Mod’ for a touch of color and shine. Complete your look by giving your nails some love! Use our rightfully named ‘Calm’ nail polish from our 10pc Nail Lacquer Flirty Collection, which is an opaque aqua color – perfect for all you Aquamarine beauties!

Now it’s time to go out and celebrate both your birth month and the spring time! It’s a good thing that March babies like getting attention because you will be sure to get loads of it with such a colorful, fun look like this one. Have a very Happy Birthday!

Beat the Winter Blues with a Sun-Kissed Look

There’s no denying it. We’ve got the winter blues. We’re missing warm summer nights and lazy days at the beach. But just because the weather is dull doesn’t mean your makeup has to be!

Here are our favorite tips to fake the sun-kissed look while you’re missing the sun.

  • Obviously bronzer is your best friend in the winter. Make sure you pick one that has more brown tones rather than orange ones. The trick to using bronzer is to only use it where the sun would naturally hit your face: top of your forehead, your temples, bridge of your nose, apples of your cheeks, and chin.

Makeup Artist Tip: Don’t forget to shade your jawline and neck so your face doesn’t look significantly darker than the rest of your body!

  • If you don’t want to use bronzer, you can still get a glowing look by combining a highlighter and blush with a neutral shimmer eye shadow. Make sure your eyes stand out with mascara or eyeliner.
  • Stick with warm tones like pinks, golds, and browns in your makeup during the dark winter months, as they’ll help you achieve that natural glow.

Don’t forget to change up your skincare routine in the winter to take care of your skin! Make sure you are exfoliating regularly. It’s hard to do this during the winter because your skin is already so dry, but it’s important to slough off those dead skin cells. Try a deep moisturizer or a moisturizing facemask to combat dry skin issues.

Let us know how you’re changing your beauty routine this winter! But don’t worry – Spring is just around the corner!

Red and Pink Nail Inspiration

Just because Valentine’s Day is over, doesn’t mean you can’t still do cute red and pink nail art to celebrate for the rest of the month! Red and Pink are the most classic nail colors, so why not continue with these trendy nail colors!

Both of BH Cosmetics’ nail polish collections have variations on these perfect colors: flirty pinks, girly pastels and deep reds. You can keep it classic with a simple, solid color for all nails. Or you can try out the latest trend: painting your ring finger a different color than the others. Add some glitter and go!

If you are a nail artist, check out our Nail Art Pinterest board for inspiration.

But don’t worry; you don’t have to be a nail guru to get awesome nails. Check out our nail art stickers to create some patterns of your own! Try out the adorable pink blooms, the red roses, or the pink leopard print stickers for a manicure alternative! These stickers will last up to a week and are super easy to apply!

3 makeup trends from awards season to try

Awards season is well underway, and the stars of tinsel town have gathered for many events to show off their best looks. Some gals may be viewing the gowns for fashion inspiration, but there are also tons of makeup trends that everyday people can apply to their beauty routine. Here are a few looks to try:

People’s Choice Awards: subtle smoky eye
For this awards ceremony, ladies who walked the red carpet took an understated approach to makeup. Eyes were lightly outlined with black liner and they used just a touch of mascara to bring out their lashes. Many gals completed their look with a blush lip color like BH lip gloss in studious.

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Lucy Hale at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards.

 

Golden Globes: bold lip
Starlets like Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Roberts looked fab at the Golden Globes, and an overarching trend for this ceremony was bold lip hues. You can recreate the look by applying one of BH’s creme luxe lipsticks in a statement color like moody merlot or red truffle.

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Jennifer Lawrence at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards.

 

The Grammys: sharp brows
Divas took a few more risks with makeup at the Grammys, with a few songstresses sporting sharp eyebrows. The look can be mimicked by using BH’s LED lighted brow tweezer and the flawless brow trio. Use the tools to create defined brows to look like the gals at the Grammys.

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Rihanna at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

 

The best shadow shade to complement your eye color

If you’re looking for your go-to shadow shade, just use your eye color for inspiration. There is a tone that looks great with every gal’s eye color and will help bring out their natural features. To find the right color, just grab your 120 eyeshadow palette, and you’re sure to find your complementary tone.

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Brown eyes
Ladies with brown eyes are lucky because the hue is a mix of all the primary colors so many eyeshadow colors complement their eyes. But if you want to really stand out, select a cobalt blue shade. Just add a few swipes on your lids and work the tone toward your crease using the blending brush.

Blue eyes
To highlight your blue eyes, opt for a purple tone because it’s in the same color family. Before hanging out with friends, apply your purple shadow and blend it into your crease with a light shimmery color like gold or silver.

Green eyes
Gals with green eyes don’t need to do much to make the color stand out. This is why a light taupe hue – which is between a brown and gray – works perfectly. Apply it with black liner for a new twist on a smoky eye.

Celebrate February’s Birthstone: Amethyst

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Hello Birthday Beauties!

How lucky be born in the month of love! February’s birthstone, the Amethyst, is claimed to be associated with intelligence, honesty, and loyalty. However, the most known feature of this vibrant purple gem is that it was originally only worn by royalty and was said to give the wearer power and strength. Having all these qualities, it’s no wonder they chose this gem to represent the month of love! ;)

We want you February babes to celebrate accordingly and to really feel the love on your birthday, so obviously you’ll need the perfect look to go with it. Those born in February tend to be quite attractive and sexy (lucky you!), so start off your look using our 120 1st Edition Palette which has a ton of purple hues to give you the perfect, sexy purple smokey eye makeup. Balance out the vibrant purples with some darker neutrals using our 28 Color Smokey Eye Palette – don’t forget your Eye Primer to ensure your eye shadow stays in place. It’ll really help bring out the pigmentation!  Try a different look and line your eyes with our Eye Crayon in ‘Royalty’, which is a gorgeous shimmery plum color. Complete your eye makeup with some of our ‘Foxy’ False Eyelashes to really give your eyes a sultry look. We can’t stress how important it is to define your brows, especially when you’re wearing heavy eye makeup. Give your brows some lovin’ with our Flawless Brow Trio. You can thank us later ;)

Going out on the town to celebrate? Go the extra mile with your look using our Contour & Blush Palette to really define and bring out your gorgeous facial structure. Don’t forget to keep your Crème Luxe Lipstick in ‘Naked Peach’ in your clutch for touch ups! Although Amethyst beauts are said to be quiet and shy, you won’t have to worry because a gorgeous look like this one really speaks for itself. Wishing all of you the happiest of birthdays this month!

Runway makeup inspiration: revamped cat eye

The runway is a great place to pick up makeup inspiration when you want to revamp your look. If you're up for adding a bit of edge to your normal routine, try these twists on the traditional cat eye.

Dramatic black winged eyeliner
Before you begin this winged eyeliner makeup application, start with a great foundation. Add correcting eye primer to your lids so the liner will stay in place until the last school bell rings. Then take your BH eye crayon and make a thick slash on your eye lid right above your lash line and flick out the outer corner to form the winged effect. This creates the classic cat eye, but you'll need to keep adding to the line to make it thicker and more pronounced. Once your done you'll have a look directly inspired by the Libertine runway.

Outlined cat eye
Next up is a slightly different twist on the winged eye, yet it comes from the Lanvin catwalk. It involves making an outline of the cat eye by creating the bottom line as you normally do and adding a curved swoop a half inch above the first line. This look is great because it creates the illusion of larger eyes and you can sport it in a range of colors. Try using the sapphire, royalty or huntress eye crayon hues.