Ever find your bathroom cabinet full of old makeup? I do! There are often dried up mascara rolling around and discolored lip stick tucked away. It’s common that women don’t throw away old makeup. But for sanitary reasons, it’s unhealthy to keep them stored up. Some of us are not aware of each makeup item’s shelf life, so it’s important to realize what and when to toss away.
If the foundation is water-based, then you can keep it for about a year. But if the foundation is oil-based, then it’s 18 months.
If the water-based foundation becomes cakey, it’s too old. I normally use oil-based foundation and look for the oil part to separate. This is a sure sign that my foundation is outdated.
A bad foundation may make you break out or have patches of red skin. So be careful!
The shelf life for mascara is 3 months, 4 at the maximum. First of all, mascara contains a lot of oil, so it’s easy to dry out. Plus, every time you pump the wand in and out of the tube, you introduce dry air that is more likely to retire the formula.
You want to be especially careful about this product going bad because it comes so close to your eyes. You don’t want to risk infection.
How do you know if your mascara is going bad? It gets dry and clumpy.
If it’s a powder shadow, it can last up to 1 year. But if it’s cream-based, then it lasts 3 months. Again, anything that comes close to your eyes should be taken care of more cautiously.
Lipsticks can last up to 1 year. If they start to smell, show a different color or become dry, then it’s time to throw them away.
2 years. This product contains little or no oil and water, so its lasting power is stronger. But still, beware of signs like breaking out. And be sure to toss after the allotted time.
Need an extra tip? Clean those brushes and sponges! I started washing my makeup sponge everyday and my brush every 2 weeks. Any brand of gentle soap will do. It keeps the bacteria away. And if you use any of the single-use applicators, toss them after each use! They are not meant to be kept.
I know it’s hard to part ways with you makeup. Some of them are expensive while others are just too pretty for the trash can. But remember, your health is more important. If it’s time to let some makeup go, do the right thing! Plus, you are just creating room for more.