When to throw out your Makeup

September 06, 2015 Lucy Makeup Tips & Hacks 0

Alright makeup lovers and hoarders, we've all been guilty of it. We know you love your holy-grail foundation or that discontinued eye shadow, and you just can't throw them out. While it's hard to let go of all your products, the sad truth is cosmetics do have expiration dates. Holding on to them for too long could create a breeding ground for bacteria and even worse, cause skin problems such as irritations or infection. Ew! So here's a simple guide for when to throw your makeup out.

How long should you keep your mascara?

How long should you keep your mascara?

Throw Out Time: 3 months
Other Signs to Throw Out: when it becomes dry, clumpy consistency, has an odd smell

Three months should be the maximum time you use your mascara. Because of it's wet environment, mascara is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. It's wand is always taken out and in the tube, bringing bacteria in. Bacteria can cause irritation and redness to your eyes so please be strict with this one.

How long can I use liquid foundation and concealers?

How long can I use liquid foundation and concealers?

Throw Out Time: 6 - 12 months
Other Signs to Throw Out: formula has separated into layers, change in color, consistency thickens, odd smell

To use the most of your foundation make sure you keep it stored away from heat and out of moist environments such as your bathroom. How you apply your foundation can also affect the odds of bacterial growth. Avoid using your fingers and if you are using a brush or sponge, don't double dip. With brushes and sponge applicators, make sure you're washing them regularly.

How long can I use lipstick?

How long can I use lipstick?

Throw Out Time: 2 years
Other Signs to Throw Out: becomes too dry, change in color, change in texture

The risk of bacterial growth in lipstick is low but because they are exposed to the mouth area repetitively it is best to throw them out after 2 years. Watch out for changes in texture and color.

Powder-based Products such as Face Powder, Blush & Eyeshadow

Powder-based Products such as Face Powder, Blush & Eyeshadow

Throw Out Time: 2 years
Other Signs to Throw Out: change in color, odd smell, becomes too dry or flaky

The risk of of growing bacteria in powder products is much lower than water-based products. Like other cosmetics avoid storing it in the bathroom as it is a moist environment. To reduce bacterial growth and pimple breakouts clean your makeup brushes and applicators regularly.

Nail Polish

Nail Polish

Throw Out Time: 1 - 2 years
Other Signs to Throw Out: formula has separated into layers

When nail polish expires it becomes gooey and stringy consistency, making it horribly difficult to apply smoothly. When my nail polishes become gooey I simply add some nail polish remover and then shake the bottle. This often works for me - this trick doesn't work when the formula has separated into layers, throw it out when it becomes like that.

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