If you are anything like me, then you have a slight problem with hoarding makeup. I keep an obscene amount of expired/empty cosmetics because it may have an adorable container or simply because I’m not over the fact that the product is gone. But, how do you really know when you should be throwing out your makeup?
The reality is that the second you open your makeup, it’s just a matter of time before the product is contaminated. Some products last longer than others, but you may be surprised on how frequently you should be replacing your makeup! (Although, I almost never follow these rules).
**Helpful tip: makeup should be stored in a cool, dry place that is out of the sun. The sun and heat will dry out your makeup and shorten the lifespan!
If unopened, foundation can last a couple of years. Once you open the foundation, it can last anywhere from 6-12 months. You will notice the product starting to get thicker and the color getting lighter once it starts to go bad.
Here the shocking one, mascara really only lasts 2-3 months! It may dry + get crusty and start to smell funky. Other than eyeliner, this product you should replace as often as possible because you are putting it directly on your eyes and around your waterline. It’s a breeding ground for bacteria. When you pump the wand in and out, you are putting air inside the tube allowing for bacteria to grow. The less you do that, the longer it will last!
Lipstick can last a while, typically up to 2 years. (Thank goodness, because I have a TON of lipstick). This is one product that I am the worst with, I save them for-ev-er. Two ways you know your lipstick has gone bad, is if it smells funny or dries out!
The lifespan of eyeliner can vary from 12-24 months depending on what kind of liner you use. Pencils can last longer because they are continuously sharpened which makes them fresh. Liquid will expire much quicker than 12 months. Gel liner will probably dry out before it expires; that’s just my experience.
Anything in powder form can usually last between 18 and 24 months. Personally, I think they can last longer; the only issue I see it creating is skin problems being the fact it’s probably very contaminated after 2 years. I try my hardest to replace products that go on to my cheek/forehead area but you know.. things can get expensive!
Holding on to makeup longer than it’s life span is a very common mistake that we all make. Before opening the product, think about the product and it’s expiration date. It doesn’t mean it’s old or has gone bad (although, sometimes it does) but you want to be cautious of the bacteria that can grow! It will help your skin in the long run!
Here’s a roundup / short guide line:
Every season — Mascara, Liquid Eyeliner
Every 6 months — Foundation, Liquid products, Skincare products
Every Year — Pencil/Gel Eyeliner,
Every Two Years — Powder makeup, Lipstick, Nail Polish
Avoid touching makeup directly with your fingers or hands; always use brushes or tools. Also, CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES as much as possible! If you would like to see a post on how to deep clean + spot clean your makeup brushes — VISIT ONE OF MY OLDER POSTS HERE on how I like to do it.