Ever wonder how long your make-up lasts? As tempting as it may be to keep our expensive products past their prime, using expired products is a real health hazard. Fresh make-up isn’t just about looking great, it’s also about keeping you safe, so I’ve made a quick guide to the shelf life of your make-up.
Our eyes are extremely sensitive, so the bacteria built up in eye make-up can be particularly harmful. If you’ve suffered from an eye infection recently, throw out all the make-up you used before or during the incident, as the microorganism which made you sick can stick around long after you feel better.
Mascara tubes can be breeding grounds for bacteria, so you should replace your mascara once every 2-3 months so it doesn’t turn into a petri dish.
Additionally, mascara is prone to drying out, and dry mascara can damage your lashes. If your mascara seems chunky or thick before its 90 days are up, you’re safer just buying a new tube.
Eyeliner: Liquid and Pencil
Liquid eyeliner is subject to similar problems as mascara- the liquid product can harbor bacteria, and if you don’t have a tight seal the solution will dry up. Replace them every 90 days, or earlier if it gets dry.
Pencil eyeliner is a little different; a typical eyeliner pencil will last about 18 months before becoming unusable. You’ll know something is wrong when the product crumbles when you sharpen it or has a white, waxy coating.
Since eyeshadow doesn’t touch the wet, sensitive areas of your eyes, it lasts up to 2 years. You don’t have to worry as much about the health hazards, but eyeshadow does dry out and lose pigment.
Oil and dirt build up fast in our foundations and powders, but especially on the brushes we use to apply them. I wash my brushes twice a week, taking special care to air dry them by the window. This will make your products and applicators last longer.
Powder foundation and blush can last a long time, about 2 years, but can also harbor bacteria and oils from your face. If your face powder starts to smell strange, it’s time to replace it and the applicator.
Liquid foundations have a tendency to separate when left too long, and only last about a year. Cream blushes are similar and should be replaced once a year.
Lip products also tend to last a long time, often longer than it takes to use them. Remember to throw your lip products away if you get sick or use them before cold-sores.
Lipstick and Lip Pencils
Both lipstick and lip pencils can be used for 2 years. Bad lipstick turns chalky. Lip pencils require similar maintenance to eyeliner pencils, requiring regular sharpening and tight seals.
Lipgloss should be replaced once a year, or sooner if it becomes thick and difficult to apply. Evaporation reduces the product to glue over time.
See, it’s easy! Write the date on your products when you buy them so you easily keep track of what’s fresh and what’s on its way out at a glance. Stay beautiful and healthy!