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Perplexing is sometimes a word that pops into mind when staring at those little bottles and tools and canisters in the make-up aisle. I've been a tad confused at times...which is why I like this question.

With three kids under four years old, I haven't really been paying attention to my make-up bag. I think I still have things in there from 2004. Not that I wear a lot, I do a little when I have time or on the rare occasion we go out to dinner without the kids. But, my skin tone has changed and I need to cover up circles due to lack of sleep. Can you help me with some basic make-up hints and tips to start getting back in the groove? 

This question got me looking at my own make-up bag. I am not one to wear a lot of make-up, but do a little bit in the mornings, a little more for a special occasion. But when was the last time I replaced that mascara...and when should we? I have not a clue.

Here's the low down on the shelf life of make-up according to Real Beauty website: mascara - three to six months; blush - six to nine months; foundation and concealers - six months; lip gloss/lipstick - 18 to 24 months, but if it starts to change color or smell wonky, trash it.

Now, how to get back into the groove is another matter. You can make a big impact with not much effort if you have the right tools. The main thing to focus on are your eyes -- get a great eyelash curler and pair of tweezers. Keeping your eyebrows in check is an easy way to look more put together, and every morning, a quick curl of those lashes can make your whole face seem brighter, more "awake" looking. Add a swipe of mascara and a quick run of a basic lip gloss (even Chapstick) over your lips and you are done. You look pulled together and fresh in a matter of minutes.

Another hints the pros say, to demystify the whole buying make-up bit: go a shade or two darker than your tone. This highlights your natural beauty without going full throttle. So, when shopping, opt for a darker, neutral beige-y taupe eyeshadow instead of a color, or a lip gloss with a tint in a shade darker than your lips rather than a tube of dark red. Again, easy and quick way to boost what you already have going on. Check out this slideshow over at Real Simple for some easy makeup hints.

Do you wear make-up? When was the last time you bought -- or threw away -- items in your make-up bag? 

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by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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JerseyGirl511
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Only wear makeup on holidays, special occasions or important appointments

Juniper53098
by June on Oct. 8, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I rarely wear makeup.  I have replaced my mascara recently.  My eye shadows and blushes are many years old.

momofsixangels
by Colleen on Oct. 8, 2012 at 9:44 PM

I wear it everyday.But only cover up and eyeliner

EbonySnow
by Desiree on Oct. 8, 2012 at 10:17 PM

 I only wear it on special occasions generally i don't bother

Kainalu55
by Ruby Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:55 PM

i do occasionally, but usually just eyeliner

Flaca43
by Ruby Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:30 AM
I haven't bought makeup in years!! I think it's time I treated myself. I will get some eye makeup and lipstick.
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VisionSeeker
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

 I wear makeup.  I threw alot of stuff away last year and then had to replace it all.  Truth is I'm horrible about keeping up with how long I have something.

Rushn311
by Ruby Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 1:43 PM

I got a big makeup case recently and threw away probably 20 eyeshadows  that were either old or I didn't like. And I threw away about 10 lipsticks, 5 lip glosses. I only have one mascara always and usually buy a new every 3 months or sooner.

I buy foundation montly, blush I buy when it cracks. LOL Powder every 6 months probably. I've had a lot of my lip glosses now for awhile and I could use  some new ones!!

elasmimi
by Ruby Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:18 PM

The older I get, the less makeup I wear. Of course I need it more now than when I was young, but somehow it just doesn't seem to be as important. I do love to play around with it, though.

fraujones
by Amanda on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:32 PM

I need to go through my makeup case. I bought coverup a few weeks ago.


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