We are all guilty of holding onto things longer than we should, and this is no exception when it comes to makeup. It is extremely difficult to throw away that $30 mascara (the one you said you’d never buy because of the price) after just a couple months. So what do we do? We save it for years. Yes, don’t lie, we all have had and maybe still have makeup we purchased many years ago. We just pretend it never expires. (But it does, unfortunately.)
Whether it be the memories that go along with a certain beauty product or the possibility that we might just wear it one day for a certain occasion, we just can’t face tossing that one product into the trash. Let’s face it, whatever the reason may be, it is just hard for us girls to let certain things go.
Even though our products are not typically labeled with an expiration date, we must remember that all makeup expires after a certain point. So girls, even though we do not always want to do this, we need to throw our makeup away at one time or another.
Here are makeup expiration dates to remember…
Expiration: 3 months
This beloved makeup product of ours expires the fastest. The dark and wet mascara tube creates the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. If it is expired, there is a great chance that you will be transferring bacteria from your eye into the mascara tube. So I know it might pain some of us, but it is better to throw out that overpriced mascara after 90 days than end up with an eye infection. And if it dries out before then, which happens often, toss it. Don’t try to salvage it by adding water. Doing so will only increase your chance of getting an eye infection.
Liquid Eyeliner | Pencil Eyeliner
Expiration: 3 months | 2 years
Liquid eyeliners pose similar risks to mascaras. Your safest bet is to toss such eyeliners after three months to save yourself from an eye infection. Pencil eyeliner lasts far longer. In fact, such eyeliners can last 2 years. So don’t feel too bad when you splurge on a pencil eyeliner since it will last you a while. In order to prolong their use, sharpen your pencil eyeliners often. Doing so will help to remove any dirt that has gathered on the surface layer.
Lipstick | Lipliner | Lip Gloss
Expiration: 2 years | 2 years | 6 months
Most lipsticks do not contain any water, therefore, the product is at a low risk of growing bacteria leading to a longer shelf life. Be mindful that lipsticks are often exposed to bacteria from our hands and lips. Bacteria often lives on the surface of lipstick. Luck for us, it is easy enough to scrape the top off and continue our daily use. You can often tell a lipstick has expired due to a change in color, texture or smell. Lipliners, similar to pencil eyeliners, have a very long shelf life of about two years. Make sure to sharpen your lipliners often to rid the top layer of any dirt. Like mascara, lip gloss is a product you often dip in and out of a tube. Such action shortens the life span to about 6 months. If your lip gloss changes color or smells different, it is expired.
Liquid Foundation | Liquid Concealer
Expiration: 2 years | 2 years
Liquid foundations and concealers are water-based, which calls for the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. If you notice a change in color, smell or texture, the formula has expired. Don’t hold onto your liquid foundation or concealers past the expiration date because doing so can lead to skin irritations and breakouts. Also, the finish may become streaky after expiration. Make sure you store your liquid foundation and concealer in a cool, dry place.
Powder | Eyeshadow | Blush
Expiration: 2 years | 2 years | 2 years
Powder products have little water content so you can hold onto these products for up to two years. Powder products can still transmit bacteria so make sure you use a clean brush or sponge upon application. And if you find a certain eyeshadow or blush irritates your skin, throw it away.
So ladies, open your makeup drawer, it might be time to let some of your beloved makeup go.