Whether it gets dry, goopy or the texture getting chalky (or you will find the colour is less saturated) then you should throw it straight away to the bin and say goodbye.
I know how hard it is to toss away your favourite palette or lipstick, especially if you love the packaging! I feel you. For me, and I believe for most of you will not be clued up with make-up expiry dates, but is it safe for you to preserve the same foundation for years? And what’s wrong with keeping a lipstick forever? According to Jessica Mae, a Makeup artist and Kelli J. Bartlett, a director of Makeup Artistry advice on when to toss old cosmetics and how it can deliver a bad impact if keep using their elusive lifespan.
Never ignore the expiration of your cosmetic products, especially the liquid formula based such as foundation, eyeliner and mascara. You know that our skin and eyes are most prone to infection, so whatever products you applied to that areas must be heeded with care. Once you open the products, it allows the bacteria to enter the container. Hence, more often you use it, more bacteria flourish and it shortening the lifespan. So, let’s gamut the type of products you should consider before you toss it away.
Foundation and concealer
Take a look at the formula base. If your foundation made with water-based then it will last up to 12 months in daily use. Even tho if you use it occasionally, make sure that you will keep shake it regularly to prevent separation of the products. If it’s oil-based formula than most likely it will last up to 18 months, because oil is a natural preservative.
When to toss?
When you notice that your foundation is separate and the pigments tend to sit in the bottom of the bottles, toss it! Also, if you notice any smell develope then you should move it to the bin immediately. Keep in mind that you can prevent these things by stash it somewhere cooler, clean your makeup tools religiously and keep your hands away from the dispenser.
Eyeliner and Mascara
Same with these two, liquid base tends to get expire shorter especially when it comes to the eye areas because those areas are more delicate than your face. By using overdue mascara or eyeliner will increase the chance of irritation, puffiness and redness on your eyes. You don’t want ugly things to happen right?
When to Toss?
If you notice the formula getting clumpy or starting to smell odd, which means it’s gone bad. Make sure to switch out after three months and please don’t share your eyeliner or mascara with others! Because our lashes have natural bacteria and you don’t want to share your bacteria with other people and vice versa. If your mascara dries sooner before you find any sign of expiration and there is still a lot left in the tube, you can add baby oil in it. If you don’t use the mascara or eyeliner in daily this might last for 6 months but don’t get over that. Also, don’t pump the wand, as it pushes air into the tube. Instead, you can draw it out or twist it to reach more product inside the tube before application to prevent the product to get dry.
Lipstick and gloss
In general lip product’s shelf life is one year. However, if you use to keep it inside your car, looks like you will find it goopy or even dry easily. It is because you suppose to store it in somewhere cooler, not to the place where the sun stream in every side of your car.
When to Toss?
The recommended time to keep it is 18 months whether it’s your eyeshadow, blush or setting powder. Powder products don’t contain water, so the chance of bacteria to grow is less. Cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson advises to look out for the ones with botanical extracts such as aloe, green tea extract and chamomile. Wilson explains that oils will cling to the bristles of your brush and transfer to your product when applying powder over liquid or cream face products, which causes a dull grey film on the product.
When to Toss?
Whenever you find any hard rim in your powder. This due to the transfer of natural oil from your skin to the powder through your makeup brushes.
It makes me sad to tell you this, but unfortunately, you have to admit that your makeup brushes have a life span too just like others. Brushes can transfer bacteria from your makeup to your face, vice versa. In general, brushes can be used up to 3 years, but you have to keep your eye alert when it starts to give the signs to toss.
When to Toss?
When you start to notice that your brushes shed or the brushes hair changed colour, this is the time to toss it. Cleaning your brushes regularly can keep its life span longer.