I’m a person who’s really passionate about beauty and the art of beauty so obviously, I love my makeup collection. And because I love it so much, it hurts to even think about throwing any of it away. I’m sure for anyone who’s as avid of a makeup fan as me, you know what I’m saying.
However, makeup has a shelf life and there are other factors that come in play in it. We do use them on our face and skin after all, so naturally we should dispose of anything that would pose a risk of skin irritation or infection. Keep reading to find out when you should toss your makeup.
If you’re like me who likes to collect makeup even though I already have more than enough to cover my face, it’s hard to imagine throwing anything away. But the longer they sit on that vanity, the more dirt, bacteria, and other gunk they accumulate, and this turns your favorite makeup into a favorable breeding ground for bacteria.
- Recurring eye infections are the first sign to tossing your makeup. It’s not advisable to hang on to your mascara 3 months after opening. However, if it hasn’t dried out, there’s no funny smell to it, and your eyes are not getting irritated, then hanging on to it for 6 months or so won’t be a problem.
- A pencil eye liner can last one to two years but it has to be capped when not is use and sharpened regularly.
- Eye shadows in powder form can last from two to four years, provided you clean your eye shadow brush regularly and haven’t used them on your eyes after getting irritated.
- Usually, foundations and face powders can last from six months to more than a year. If you’re a fan of liquid foundations, use something with a pump. Using a pump is more sanitary than opening a bottle of foundation and exposing the contents to open air each time you use it. If your foundation starts to separate (think oil vs water) then it’s probably time to get rid of it.
- Now as for powder foundation, regularly inspect how it looks and smells. If it’s the same as how it was when you bought it, then it’s still good.
- When it comes to concealers, it can last up to two years because it doesn’t usually contain water.
- Blushes and bronzers can last from three to four years but you have to be regularly washing your brushes and closing the compacts properly after each use.
- Toss and replace your gel or liquid liners after three to four months of use because they collect bacteria fairly quickly. They are usually packaged in such a way that they are exposed to open air and bacteria each time you use them.
- Most lipsticks, lip creams, and other lip products can last up to two or three years, but you have to use them properly. Also never use them when you’re sick or have a cold sore!
- Nail polish can be used for one to two years if lids are always tightly closed. An exception would be if you used the polish while suffering a fungal or bacterial nail infection.
- Lastly, if the product is past its expiration date, toss it!
Do you think you have anything in your collection that needs to be thrown away ASAP? It hurts, but it’s for your own good and safety. As long as you keep your makeup clean, clean your brushes and sponges regularly, and apply makeup in a sanitary manner, your stuff can last a long time.
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