When to Throw Your Makeup Away


It’s always sad to say goodbye but you should learn to let go when it is time. The same rule apply to skin care products and makeup as they aren’t meant to grow old with you. If the skin care product or makeup has no expiration date, you can use the the table below as your guide…

mascara and liquid eyeliner 3 months if used daily; 6 months if not
powder and eye shadow 12 to 18 months
liquid foundation and concealers 6 to 12 months
blusher and bronzer 12 to 18 months
eye pencil 18 to 24 months
lip pencil 12 to 18 months
cream blush 18 months
nail polish 12 months
sponges change every month

Not all skin care products and makeup have expiration dates. Sometimes you will need to use common sense. Changes in the product’s original color, odor and texture are indications that the product needs to be tossed and replaced. However, there are things you can do to increase the shelf-life of your cosmetics.

  • Sharpening eye and lip liners a bit  after each use will keep them fresh and clean.
  • Don’t use fingers in mascara to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Keep your fingers away from the bottle when applying liquid foundation. Use sponge instead.
  • Lip brush should be used when applying lipstick instead of rubbing it directly to your lips.
  • Wash sponges and lip brush after each use to avoid contamination and bacterial growth.
  • Never share makeup with anyone…yes, even with your BFF.


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Stuart Miles – Free Digital Photos.Net

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