Sometimes there are some beauty items that we just can’t live without that have maybe been discontinued so we use them very sparingly so as to have them for as long as possible. We are all guilty of it. That limited edition lipstick that you just cannot find a substitution for and only wear on special occasions. But that is where you have to be careful. Makeup isn’t made to last forever. No matter how much we may want it to. Here are some general expiration guidelines:
Cream Products (skin care products, lipsticks, cream blushes, concealer, etc.:
These products are applied directly to the skin and in general should be replaced after 12 months.
Powders (face powder, blush, eye shadow, etc):
These products can last anywhere from 1 to 2 years because they don’t provide same warm, wet environment that bacteria need to grow.
Mascara, Liquid Liner, etc:
These products are used near/on your eyes. You want to be extra careful with these because once exposed to the air and placed back in there tubes they are in a dark environment which is prime for bacteria growth. These items should be changed every two-three months. Come on its your eyes! You don’t want to mess with that!!!
If you are not sure how long you have had a product there are a few warning signs that you can look for to know whether you foundation (or other makeup) is ready to meet its maker.
Some signs include: Moisture, do you see little beads or balls of moisture on top of your cream blush? Color separating, when you pour out your foundation does it seems to be more than one color? Is there an oily yellow streak? Or other colors seeming to show? Color change, does your makeup just seem to be a different color all together? Smell, does it smell weird or different? Or just smells really bad?
If so, then it might be time to toss it out.
*note: Natural products don’t use the same preservatives as other products which can also effect how long they last, so keep an eye on them.
As an added tip: Keep your tools clean! Meaning your brushes, applicators, etc. to avoid introducing more bacteria to your product. I know we are guilty of it. We don’t feel like washing our brushes or we just don’t have time. But hey it really helps! Plus your make up always looks better when your brushes are all clean and pretty
I hope this helps!