Any girl will know that it’s really difficult to part with some of the make-up products in our drawer. Maybe because it is a favourite colour, a favourite brand or that it was just darn expensive. Cosmetics are like food products, they don’t last forever and have an expiration date. Many of us choose to ignore those dates or try to stretch way past it.
And here’s the thing, make-up products wouldn’t really perform as well after expiring and worse still it could cause a nasty infection. So here’s a guide to helping you know when to clear off your stash.
Nail polish: After 1 year
Expired nail polish won’t give you any infection or problems with your nail but it will look dreadful when you apply it. Old nail polishes tend to streak or have bubbles when you apply them. Some become extremely clumpy that it is impossible to apply.
Liquid foundation: After 6 months to a year
We normally use our fingers or a brush to apply liquid foundation. Since these aren’t washed every time you apply your foundation, the chances are high that bacteria is being introduced to the foundation. This is even more so when using liquid foundations that come in a bottle without a pump since it has more exposure to your fingers or brush.
Cream-based makeup: After 6 months to a year
Cream based make-up are concealers, blushes and eye shadows. Although 6 months to 1 year is the average time frame given, do pay attention if the cream texture has changed even slightly. Throw them out if they look or feel clumpy and especially if you see this happening to your eye shadow because it can come in contact with your eyes and cause severe infection.
Powder makeup: After 2 years
Powder based make-up like blushes, face powders and eye shadows last pretty long. Just make sure you clean the brushes you use with them often.
Lipstick: After 1 year
If you often keep your lipstick in your car or in very warm temperatures, you might need to throw it out sooner. To make your lipstick last longer, try keeping it in a refrigerator.
Liquid eyeliner and mascara: After 3 months
Gel or liquid eyeliners and mascaras dry out very quickly so perhaps getting a reasonably priced one would help you from getting upset about throwing away your stash before you even finish using it. Pencil eyeliners on the other hand can last up to 2 years. Be vigilant about the expiration date of any products that come in contact with your eyes because it can result in conjunctivitis.
Tip: So do yourself a favour and start checking the expiration dates of your beauty products right now. If you need to get yourself a fresh supply after throwing that junk out, then head to Luxola, Hermo or Cosme-De.Com for really good deals and makeup promotions.