I have clients and friends who often tell me they keep mascaras and other makeup items way past their due date so I thought Id put together a guideline to help know when its time to say bye bye.
- Mascara: 3-6 Months.
- Oil-Free Foundation: 12 Months
- Cream Foundation: 12 Months
- Concealer: 12-18 Months
- Powder: 18 Months
- Blush & Bronzer: 18 Months
- Cream Blush: 12-18 Months
- Eye shadow: 18 Months
- Eyeliner: 18 Months
- Liquid Eyeliner: 6 Months
- Lipstick/Lip Gloss: 18 Months
- Lipliner: 12 Months
- Nail Polish: 12 Months
- Perfume: 2-3 years also if stored in a cool, dry place
- Sunscreen: 2-3 years, but also has an expiration date on the label.
Foundation: Warning signs = thickening, altered color, or change in odor
Concealer: Warning signs = color change or thickening
Brush, Face powder, Eye-shadow: Warning signs = texture change when applying, dryness or change in color
Mascara:Warning signs = Change in odor, texture, or color
Pencils: (for eyes or lips):Warning signs = Change in odor, texture, or color
Lipstick:Warning signs = taste or odor change, stickiness
Perfume:Warning signs = If the smell starts to change
This is just a guideline. I would say eye products such as mascara and liner follow the above guideline. Other items use your judgment, if your polish is separated, your glossy is goopy and your cream shadows have hardened get rid of it!
The last thing you want is to put the bacteria that has possibly developed on old makeup onto your face right?!
I hope this info helps some of you... if you have any other guidelines or tips to share please feel free to comment below.