Decluttering your makeup drawers | Makeup expiration dates
Decluttering your makeup drawers. Did you know that your makeup actually has an expectation date. Now this is actually an important post and any makeup user should be aware of the impacts of using expired makeup. Whether you wear makeup from time to time or you go full glam everyday, it’s important to know how long each product is good for.
That lipstick that you have had sitting in your drawer for the last 5 years and pull it out every once in awhile and think to yourself should I wear this bright orange? Is it actually still ok for your health to put a five year old lipstick on your lips?
Now as a makeup junkie it’s hard for me to declutter my makeup drawers yes, drawerS, simply because I LOVE makeup but also because of this blog. I need to purchase the newest and latest products so that I can review them and tell all of you whether or not something is worth spending your hard earned money on.
Here is a list of makeup products with their approximate expiration times:
Lipstick can usually last for about 1 year. Just be sure to keep an eye on your products and be sure to check for any change in smell. Throw them out if they begin to smell bad even though it will be hard for you considering the price of the product and that its actually not empty yet.
You need to be extra careful with liquid products as they easily can grow bacteria. Liquid products can last about 6 months and then you should replace them to avoid any contamination. Especially liquid liners and mascaras as you are pumping the wand into the mascara tube to get more product out, you are also pumping air into the tube which can cause bacteria growth. Mascaras and liquid eyeliners should be replaced every 3-6 months.
Liquid foundation and concealers should be checked for change in colour or smell regularly, but they are usually good for about 1 year. I’m sure most people will finish a few bottles in that time.
Lip glosses are usually good for about 6 months to 1 years. Make sure to store them in a cool place and not directly in sunlight, as with the rest of your makeup.
Powder Products can usually last for about 18 to 24 months, which includes your favourite powder highlighters and eyeshadows.
Eye and lip pencils can usually last you for several years. If you haven’t used it in awhile just make sure to sharpen it and it will apply much smoother.
Keep in mind:
Sanitize your products.
Don’t share makeup products especially eye makeup, as it’s the most likely to pass germs from one person to the next usually resulting in pink eye. (no one wants that)
Makeup artists should always make sure to thoroughly clean all products and brushes/sponges after every client.
It’s best to buy products that have a pump on them, so you won’t have to dip your fingers into the product (goes for skincare too) causing contamination.
Also be careful of products that you have to pump the wand of. This will allow germs to enter into your products.
Make sure to check the packaging of your makeup when you purchase it. It should have a label on the back stating when it is good until after you have opened the product.
Try not to use the products after that date as you run the risk of contamination, especially with eye products.