We understand, you spent a lot of money on your makeup collection. You invested to buy the best products. You don’t want someone telling you to toss them out. But ladies, you need to understand one thing. Expired makeup doesn’t only work less efficiently, it can cause a lot of damage. You don’t want something bad happening to your skin, do you? For this, our only advice to you is to take the expiration dates very seriously. Write down when each piece of makeup joins your collection. You will be thankful later.
Let’s start with eye makeup because your eyes are the most sensitive body part. Mascara is a liquid-based product, which makes it very prone to collect bacteria. So to avoid any sort of eye infection, a mascara should not be used after 3 months.
Again, don’t take this lightly. Your eyes are too sensitive and liquid-based products are prone to collect bacteria. Replace your eyeliner every six months to avoid any complications.
Are you into pencil eyeliners? Lucky you, you get to keep your eyeliner longer. Pencil eyeliners can last you up to two years. We believe that’s good news.
Your foundation is only good from 6 months to a year. If your face is prone to acne, six months with the same foundation is enough.
Lipstick and Lip Gloss
Treat your lipsticks gently and it can last you up to two years. Lip glosses, on the other hand, need to be replaced more often due to its liquid consistency. We would say 12 months or less. A general rule to follow is to dispose of lip products right away if you get any infection. You don’t want to this happening again.
Here’s a rule of thumb. Any powder-based product can last you up to two years. Same applies to blushes. Powder and blush are actually two of the products that will last you the longest. You just have to pay extra attention and clean your brushes regularly to avoid any contamination. Another benefit to powder-based products is that, when expired, they become of undesirable consistency. You will surely struggle to apply the product.
Since eyeshadow is powder-based as well, the previous rule applies to it. When it expires, you will notice that is very hard and not easy to apply. Pay extra attention to your eyeshadow, it is still an eye product. If you are in doubt, toss your eyeshadow right away.
Stay safe: Some final tips
If you notice any change in the odor or consistency of a product, don’t hesitate to toss right away. Your eyes and skin are definitely more precious than your money. It is surely not worth the risk. You also need to clean your tools and brushes more often to avoid the accumulation of bacteria and undesirable bodies, thus keep the products longer. And do we need to tell you not to share your makeup with anyone?