The shelf life on eye shadows, blushes, lipsticks, mascaras and foundations depends on the type of make up, how and where it’s been stored, and if you’ve had an eye infections or other skin irritations. Mascaras and some make up products shouldn’t be kept longer than 3 months. Only purchase cosmetics that haven’t been opened and sealed in their originally container. At home store your purchases in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and always close the lids tightly after use. These are the basic guidelines to follow on when to discard your make up.
Bin your mascara after 3 months, no questions asked! Mascara has the shortest life span of all make up as the risk of bacteria transfer from your eye into the mascara is huge. Mascara that starts to dry out before 90 days is up, needs to be throw it away. Don’t try to add water to the mascara tube, this will only increase your chances of getting an eye infection.
Foundations and Concealers
Cleaning your brushes and sponges regularly – like weekly, will lengthen the life of your moisturizing foundations and stick concealers to 18 months. Oil-free foundations and liquid concealers as they tend to dry out quickly only have a 12-month shelf life.
Eye pencils can be kept up to 2 years but make sure you’re using a clean tip, sharpen before each application and keep in cool dry place.
Wash your applicators frequently to keep them clean. Liquid shadows should last 12 months while powder shadows will keep up 2 years. If you develop an eye infection, you need to discard all the eye make up and applicators used from the time symptoms started. The virus and or bacteria which caused the infection will have impregnated your make up, using them again could cause another infection to develop.
Tube lipsticks and lip pencils have a shelf life of 2 years, make sure you sharpen your lip pencils before each use. Lipgloss needs to go in the trash at 9 months. If you suffer from cold sores be extra careful of re-infection, it’s best to discard these after a breakout.
Blushes and Powders
Cream blushes need to discarded after a year, while powder blushes and powders need to leave at the 2 year mark.
When opening your new product, write the date on the product. This will let you know how long this has been open for so you know when to say goodbye.