How to Keep Your Makeup Up-to-Date?

An old tube of mascara. An off-colored foundation. An out-of-style eyeshadow palette. Every woman’s makeup bag, probably, has one or two (or three) products that she just can’t seem to throw away. It’s time to take out your trash cans, though, because makeup has an expiration date! While many products contain preservatives that kill common bacteria, they can’t fight it fast enough, when make-up is exposed to air and, thus, leaving your face unprotected from airborne bacteria. And, of course, makeup that sits around for years won’t provide the same coverage or color, as it once did. For these reasons, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of makeup expiration dates that will help you keep your bag clean and your skin clear.

1. Mascara shelf life

Throw it away every three months

Mascara is, perhaps, the biggest offender, when it comes to germs, because it’s tube is very often opened, closed and exposed to airborne bacteria. Because the mascara wand works so closely with the eyes, it’s also prone to holding onto the bacteria that can cause eye’s itchiness, redness or even conjunctivitis. If you’ve, somehow, got an eye irritation, you should stop using eye makeup until you’re completely cleared of the virus.

2. Foundation expiration date 

Throw it away every one to two years, depending on the product’s base

The life of foundation can vary, depending on it’s formula: liquid or powder; oil-based formulas, for example, tend to break down faster, than their more solid counterparts. Regardless, it’s important to throw your foundation away, once it starts to separate, change colors, smell different or thicken.

3. How long to keep an eyeliner? 

Throw it away every three months to two years

Like mascara, gel- and liquid-based eyeliners should be replaced every three months, considering how much they’re in contact with your eyes. However, pencil liners can be used for up to two years, as long as they’re regularly sharpened and refreshed.

4. Lipstick, Lip Gloss and Lip Liner

Throw it away every two years 

Lipsticks and glosses make it easy for wearers to know when it’s time to toss them. While the sticks dry out, glosses become stickier than usual. Lip liners, however, last two or more years, if they’re regularly sharpened.

5. Perfume’s shelf life

Throw it away every two or three years (but, sometimes, your perfume can last even longer…therefore, check the expiration date on the bottle)

It’s hard to believe that perfume bottles aren’t forever lasting home products, as their dainty shapes look so good on display. As the time goes by, your perfume’s odor might change. Therefore, it’s best to store your perfumes in a cool, dark place, in order to keep the scents fresh for as long as possible.

6. Nail polish expiration date 

Throw it away every year

Nail polish thickens with time, so it’s, usually, pretty easy to tell when it’s time to toss. Increase your favorite shade’s shelf life by storing it in a cool, dry place or by adding a touch of nail polish thinner.

7. Body Lotion

Throw it away every two years

Body lotions’ in jars shelf life tend to expire faster, than that of lotions in bottles with pumps, as the latter protects its contents from any contact with airborne bacteria. Either way, lotion, typically, shows that it’s expired by changing its color or scent.

Well, now you are armed with the knowledge on how long you should keep your makeup and cosmetic products. This understanding will not only help you preserve your skin in its healthy condition, but also save you money, because you won’t buy unnecessary goods, before finishing your previously opened ones. Of course, these aren’t the only beauty products that have a set shelf life; you should also keep record of your other cosmetics and makeup expiration dates, such as your eyeshadows, bronzers, hair products, sunscreens, face washes, etc.

I hope you’ve found these makeup shelf life tips useful.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment’s section below.

Stay beautiful!


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