Did you just run out of mascara and remember you have another one that you haven’t used in a while somewhere in your makeup drawer? Think again before apply it to your lashes.
Makeup does have an expiration date. Many products now put the have added this info on the packaging to remind you how long your product is good to use. What this means is once you have opened and used the product for the first time, you now need to plan to replenish before it goes bad.
Mascara’s make our lashes long, beautiful, thick and full. Did you know that you should replace your mascara every 3 months. (Mine never last me that long). Over time, mascara dries out, gets clumpy and can breed bacteria causing irritation and eye infections. My rule of thumb with mascara: if you can’t remember when you last used it, throw it away and buy a new one.
Sunscreen manufacturers usually put this information right on the bottle. It is best to replace your sunscreens after 1 year. Why, because the begin to separate, smell and change color. This also means that the product is less effective. So if the last time you opened that bottle of sunscreen was last spring when you should replace it today.
Foundation and concealer on average are good for 12-18 months. You will find that your oil-free foundations tend to be good for about a year because they dry out more quickly. Try not to put your fingers into your foundation bottles. I suggest use a spatula to remove or poor onto a makeup sponge. This helps to lessen the build up of oils and bacteria. Stick concealers and foundations will last longer as long as you keep them closed properly and stored in a cool, dry place.
Facepowder is good for about 2 years. You may get an additional 6 months usage if you change your puff or sponge often. I use disposable powder sponges which helps to prevent oil build up. It also keep the product from becoming hard and changing color.
Moisturizers, serums and eye creams are good for 3 months to 1 year. It really depends upon the ingredients. Botanical and more natural products need to be replenished more often. If you use moisturizers and serums as directed, you won’t need to worry about them going bad because they will be helping to keep your skin soft and hydrated. it is also best to buy and use 1 moisturizer at a time. ( I use a day serum, day moisturizer, night serum and night moisturizer. My eyecream is used both day and night. I use my daytime skin care a little faster because sometimes at night I get lazy and don’t moisturizer. It’s a good thing I have combination skin.).
Blush will last 12-18 months. Cream blush have a shorter life-span. Powder blush will last longer. Using a clean blush brush helps keep your product fresh.
Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, Lipliner, Lipstick on average will be good for 2 years. Liquid and gel eyeliners will last 3 months to 1 year. It depends on the product as the gel and liquid liners will dry out faster. Eyeliner pencils and lip liners should be sharpened regularly. Creamy lipsticks will last longer than matte formulas.