Many people do not realize that makeup and other beauty products have an expiration on them. Also, there are tons of women out there right now that are wearing expired makeup. Here are some basics on how long you should keep your makeup and beauty products.
Foundation and Concealer
Foundation and concealer can be kept for approximately 6 months. Use sponges or brushed when you apply the product so that you do not contaminate the product with your fingers.
Lipstick can be kept anywhere from 2-3 years. If your lipstick beads, it does not mean that is has gone bad but rather that the oils are escaping from the lipstick.
Eye pencils can be kept for 3-6 months. If you develop any type of eye infection, throw away your eye pencil and purchase a new one.
Lip pencils can be kept for 6-12 months. Sharpen the tip of the pencil before each use to clean away the tip.
Mascara can be kept for 3-6 months. To prevent contamination, don’t lay the mascara wand down on a counter or table.
Face and blush powders can be kept for up to 6-12 months. Eye shadow powders can only be kept for 3-6 months. Wash any applicators monthly and dry them before storing away.
Brushes and Sponges
Depending on what kind of brush or sponge that you use, they can be kept for 3-6 months or longer. The more expensive brushes that are re-usable can be cleaned and kept for a lot longer if properly taken care of.
To clean a brush use a mild dishwashing liquid with a little bit of water. Do not submerse the entire brush in the water. You do not want the metal part of the brush to come in contact with the water. If taken care of properly, brushes can last up to several years.
Lip balm can be kept for approximately 1-2 years.
Nail polish can be kept for around a year. Do not add nail polish remover to thin out the nail polish.
Fragrances can be kept for up to 3 years. If possible, keep your perfumes and other fragrances in the refrigerator so they keep longer.
Eye cream can be kept for 6-12 months. Look for eye cream in tubes rather than jars.
Moisturizers can be kept for 6-12 months.
Cleansers can be kept for 6-12 months. Again, try to buy cleansers in a tube or in pump bottles rather than jars to avoid contamination from your fingers.
Sunscreen can be kept for around 2 years. If it does not spread well or it appears to have separated, throw it away. When you are out with sunscreen, keep the bottle out of direct sunlight to make it last longer.