Time to Say Goodbye? Makeup Lifespan

1 Jul

Wondering if you should keep that favorite eye shadow you’ve had for ahem…months?  Okay maybe it’s years.  And what about that mascara that’s starting to clump and give off a strange, strong odor?  Check out my quick tips below for what to keep and what to toss!

broken shadow

Face Makeup:  

Liquid foundation – 6 months

Blush – 2 years

Pressed and loose powders – 2 years

Eye Makeup:  

Mascara – 3 months

Liquid eye liner – 3 months

Cream eye shadows – 6 months

Pencil eye liners – 2 years

Powder eye shadows – 2 years

Lips:

Lipstick – 2 years

Gloss – 2 years

Lipliner – 2 years

Here are a few tips on keeping things clean:

  • Take a quick whiff of that mascara when you first purchase it.  If you recognize that scent, you’ll know when it goes bad.  You’ll smell more of a funny, chemical odor when it’s time to toss.
  • Got a pimple?  Use a cotton swab to apply concealer, to avoid double dipping.
  • If you love labeling like me, adding expiration date stickers to your products is a great way to know when to say good-bye.
  • If you have an eye infection, it’s best to toss those products to avoid re-infection
  • Always wash and dry hands thoroughly before you start Finger Painting!

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One Response to “Time to Say Goodbye? Makeup Lifespan”

  1. Kathy July 1, 2013 at 23:28 #

    Thanks, this is always good to know.   

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