When was the last time you replaced your makeup?
Let’s admit it… Most of us have a drawer full of old makeup that we haven’t looked at in quite some time waiting for that special occasion to use it. But, think twice before you do! Even though the US does not require most makeup to have an expiration date, it does have a shelf life. Using it after the recommended time can cause irritations and infections. Check out the list below! It might be time to clean out your drawer and shop for some new makeup, just in time for the holidays!
Makeup Shelf Life starts when the product is first opened and air hits it. That is when it begins to oxidize and degrade. Depending on whether it is a liquid or powder, it can last a few months or a few years.
MASCARA-This is the most vulnerable to infection because it is a liquid that is used around the most sensitive part of the eye area. Mascara should be replaced every 3 months at the latest.
EYE SHADOW-Liquid or cream eye shadows can last around 6 months to a year whereas powder eye shadow can last up to 2 years.
EYE/LIP LINER-Pencils can last up to 2 years. The safest way to use them and increase longevity is to sharpen them before each application.
LIPSTICK/LIP GLOSS-These can last up to 2 years as well. Make sure they are completely sealed when not in use and wipe any excess that may gather in the lid.
FOUNDATION/POWDER-Oil-free foundation can last about a year while foundations with oil last about 18 months. Powder or Blush can last up to 2 years.
These are just several guidelines that you can follow but remember that if the makeup smells bad, looks weird or is dried out, discard it immediately. If you develop any type of eye infection, you should discard all of your eye makeup and wait until the infection is completely gone before purchasing and applying new makeup. And lastly, don’t forget about your makeup brushes. They should be cleaned weekly to avoid any infections or irritations. Try writing the date with a permanent marker on the makeup when you first open it and that way you can always keep track of how long you’ve had it.
Now go check your drawer!