Facts: Make Up Expiry Dates!

Expiration dates not only work on foods and beverages you know! While it can be tempting to hold on to every purchase for as long as possible, cosmetics also have expiration dates. These are some tips to keep in mind so you won’t get infection from bacterias inside your spoiled make-up. Yikes!

when to toss your make up

1. Powder
Let’s start with powder. They can last until two years and this works with blush too! Expired powders or blush tend to be more dry and flaky than new ones. However while powder and blush can last long, it’s different with eyeshadows. You have to replace your eyeshadow every 3 to 6months because they are used around your eyes.

2. Liquid Foundation
Liquid foundation and concealer can last 6 months until a year. Keep your foundation germ-free by keeping your fingers away from the neck of the bottle.You should also keep them out of sunlight because UV rays can make your products spoil faster. If you notice your foundation starts to separate into layers or the color has lightened, it’s time to buy a new one!

3. Mascara
This is really important. Many women don’t really know that mascara can only last until 3 months. If you notice the formula gets clumpy, you must replace it. Also, remember to never share mascara to avoid eye infections.

4. Nail Polish
Thank God nail polish can last until one or two years. Just look at the bottle, If the polish is starting to get goopy and won’t blend after a you shake the bottle, it’s time to let it go! I have a tip for you if you want to make it last a little longer: Put a drop or two of nail polish thinner when they start to get goopy.

5. Lipstick
Lipstick can last to 2 years, but lip gloss can only last to 1 year. How to know it’s time to toss them is when you notice a change in their texture, when they become dry or your gloss becomes extra sticky. You should always keep them in a cool dry place. Oh, and if you want to try out shades at the makeup counter, you should never apply directly from the tube to your lips!

6. Perfume
Perfume is the longest-lasting product in your beauty routine. To get more mileage out of a perfume, stash it away in a cool-dark place. Perfumes that are starting to smell different or lighten in color are definitely expired!

An extra tip for you to remember when to toss your make up: Label your beauty products with the date of first use. You can write down the date on a piece of tape and stick it on the bottle so you can keep track of how long you’ve been using them. Goodluck!

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