| MAKEUP MONDAY | Should I Toss That? | How Long To Keep Beauty Products!

Just like the food in your kitchen, makeup products can go bad too. If you do use old beauty products, chances are nothing will happen. However, there is still the possibility of skin irritations and even infections caused by using expired or old makeup. 
Unfortunately, there are no laws that require cosmetic companies to put expiration dates on their products unless there are FDA regulated ingredients used in such products, (think sunscreens and acne creams using active ingredients). This makes it a little hard to figure out just how long your makeup lasts once opened. I made a chart that shows how long some commonly used beauty products last once opened, feel free to screenshot it or save it to your computer for reference!

When Should I Toss it?

Mascara & Liquid Eyeliner: Throw it out after 3-4 months. Throw it out sooner if it smells weird, if the product is dry, or if the tube is looking crusty. Don't use any eye products if you have any kind of eye infection, and if you do, toss it immediately.
Why toss it? Every time you take the wand out and put it back into the tube, you're letting bacteria in and because the product is liquid based and moist, (ew, hate that word), it's the perfect place for bacteria to breed.
Tip: Don't pump your mascara, it causes more bacteria to get into the product.

Eyeliner Pencils & Lip Liners: Throw it out after 2 years. Once again, don't use any eye products if you have any kind of eye infection, and if you do, toss it immediately.
Pencil Liners last longer because every time you sharpen it, you're removing the old surface. Just make sure you're using a clean sharpener!

Lipstick & Lip Gloss: Throw it out after 2 years. Toss it sooner if it's looking separated, smells funny, or if it's dry. 

Concealer & Liquid Foundations: Throw it out after 6 months to one year. Throw it out sooner if it's starting to separate. Make sure to always apply concealer with clean hands, brushes, or sponges to avoid oils and germs from getting onto your skin.

Powders (Blushes, Bronzers, Pressed Powders, etc..): These products are usually good for 1-2 years. 

Cream Contours/ Highlights: These products are usually good for 1-2 years.

Eyeshadows: 1-2 years, as long as the brushes you're using to apply are kept clean.

Nail Polish: Toss it after 1-2 years or if it's starting to look separated. Using old nail polish will make it harder to paint your nails, it doesn't dry right!

*Brushes should be cleaned every 1-2 months depending on how often they're used.*


- Don't store your makeup products in the bathroom, keep them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and moisture.

- Always wash your hands before applying makeup.

- Make sure all lids and caps are closed fully and tightly.

- If you have any questions or concerns regarding makeup products and your skin, see your dermatologist. 

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