This topic as I’m sure you already guess it from the title is all about When to Toss Your Makeup and how to Keep it clean. I think this topic is so important with anything, but even more so with anything, you're putting on your face and eyes.
As a makeup artist, I get questions about this topic from both clients, and friends, so I’m going to answer the top few
Does makeup have an expiration date? Yes!
- Most Liquid and Cream Foundations- 1 to 2 Years
- Powders- 18 Months to 2 Years
- Concealers- 1 to 2 Years
- Mascara- 3 to 6 Months
- Lipsticks and Lip Glosses- 12 to 18 Months
- Lip and Eye Pencils- 12 to 18 Months
- Eyeshadows- 2 Years
- Cream/Powder Blushes- 2 Years
- Bronzers- 18 Months
All products should have this little guy here, he’ll be on the product itself or on the box to tell you when the safest time frame to use it, but of course, you can keep it longer, but the risk is up to you.
Now this time period is from when you open the product, but also keep in mind it can also go bad if you had it unopened for years, so also check for strange smells, texture, and color change
When should I toss my makeup or How can I tell if it’s bad?
- If the color doesn’t look the same as when you bought it
- If there is anything growing on it. don’t try and save it, it’s trash
- It smells funny, and not how it’s supposed to
- If the texture changed
- If you swatched it against your skin, and the color and feel isn’t the same from when you bought it
How can I make my makeup last longer?
- Don’t share makeup
- Never work straight out of the package, always scoop product onto a palette or the back of your hand then work from there
- For powder products, take a cotton round, wipe the product and work off that
How do I clean my makeup?
- Pencils- Sharpen then spray with 90% rubbing alcohol
- Powders- wipe top layer, then spray with 90% rubbing alcohol, or use a makeup sanitation wipe/spray
- Liquids- never use from the container, also scoop onto a palette or back of hand
- Also, wipe down packaging after using