So we’ve all been there, right? You just know your [insert makeup item of choice] is so, so old but you can’t seem to part with it. No other product can compare to how your favorite item makes you feel. Sound familiar? Well, sorry to break it to you, but every makeup item comes with an expiration date – and it’s for your own good! Using old products can really damage – or even infect – your skin. Yuck. Here’s a rundown on what kind of makeup expires when so you know exactly when to trash your makeup stash.
FOUNDATION & CONCEALER
I understand, it can be a challenge to find that perfect shade for your skin only to discover it’s been discontinued. But wouldn’t you rather have healthy skin than cake on expired makeup that can irritate your skin more? Try a brand of natural makeup to keep your skin looking flawless and breakout free.
POWDER FOUNDATION (+bronzer and blush) = 2 YEARS
LIQUID/CREAM FOUNDATION (including blush) = 12-18 MONTHS
CONCEALER = 12-18 MONTHS
Ugh. Don’t even get me started on lipstick. Has anyone ever used an entire tube or pencil before it expires?? I’m pretty sure I still have lipstick from the early ’90s (oops). Be sure to switch your glosses and lipsticks out periodically – especially when they start to smell or feel different.
LIPSTICK & LINER = 1 YEAR
LIP GLOSS = 18-24 MONTHS
Finally, here’s the biggie: eye infections. Every time you apply liner or mascara, you move the brush or tool back to the bottle it comes in. That means any bacteria on your eye or in your lashes stays in a tight, warm space. Ew! Be diligent about trashing your eye makeup before it’s too late.
EYELINER PENCIL = 2 YEARS
LIQUID OR GEL EYELINER = 3 MONTHS
POWDER EYE SHADOW = 2 YEARS
CREAM EYE SHADOW = 12-18 MONTHS
MASCARA = 3 MONTHS
I’m definitely guilty of hoarding my favorite makeup products for far too long…but this colder weather is a great time to stay in and trash your makeup stash! It’s equally as important to clean your brushes and tools! How often do you (truthfully) toss your mascara? Shop my favorite makeup looks below.
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