In our busy lives, sometimes we stop to think if our makeup has an expiry date. Yet, this is a crucial question. Not only does expired makeup stick, but it can also affect your skin.
I have put together the basic makeup items which we use daily, and given you a short explanation on how long it’s going to last and what you should look for. Read this and never settle for spoilt makeup again!
The Red Flag
If your makeup has an unpleasant smell, it is probably done. Check the expiry date. If it happens it’s still supposed to be good, I highly recommend that you throw it away anyway. If a beauty item smells, it could cause your skin to break out and clog pores. That’s a risk you shouldn’t take.
If you use pencil eyeliner, remember that it tends to last for six months to one year. However, I suggest a max of six months, as eyeliner pencils are a breeding ground for germs.
Liquid eyeliner has a shorter shelf life, as you are continually dipping in the liquid, which could cause bacteria to appear. You will have about six months with your liquid eyeliner, but honestly, you’ll probably spend it even earlier!
People often make the mistake of purchasing a pumping mascara. This kind of a product continuously goes in and out to get the product on your brush. This will cause your mascara to quickly dry out, and bacteria can easily enter.
You will get between three and six months out of your mascara. I personally suggest buying a replacement after three months, though.
When I say powder cosmetics, I am talking about a variety of products such as powder foundation, bronzer, blush, and eyeshadow.
A powder product will last a little longer than a liquid formula, to a maximum of about one to two years. If the color starts to fade, or a strange smell occurs, toss it straight away. This is usually a warning sign that the product shouldn’t be on your skin.
Foundation and Other Liquid Products
If you purchase a foundation which comes in a pot, you will get about six months in total. This is because bacteria can easily get into the container. Applying a foundation with bacteria can seriously affect your skin and cause skin conditions.
However, if you purchase a pump foundation, you will get a bit longer shelf life. It’s going to last between one to two years, but always check the expiry date.
I love natural makeup. A natural makeup product is not filled with chemicals, and a nice consequence of that is a longer lasting shelf life. An organic item tends to last a max of 6 months.
Natural makeup comes with zero preservatives, which isn’t a bad thing, but they may last a little less than, say, conventional foundations. If you want to make a full use of them, my top tip would be to keep them in the fridge.
Sadly, you’re only going to get three to six months of your lipstick’s shelf life. Lipstick is another hotbed for germs. A telltale sign that lipstick is expired is the color change, consistency, and smell.
If you want to keep your lipstick a little cleaner, I suggest wiping it after each use and spraying a little alcohol. This method will keep it a little sanitized for longer.
Final Bit Of Advice
Always read the labels on your makeup. This will ensure you don’t harm your skin by using expired items. It may sound harmless at first, but in the long term, it can really affect your skin.
If you are unsure of the expiry date or cannot find it on the product, contact the manufacturer. They should be more than happy to assist. If they don’t reply, get rid of it and find a new favorite brand!
Assuming you are using natural makeup within the expiry date, it will 100% benefit your skin and keep it safe. As I pointed out before, smell it. An off smell is a telltale sign and you cannot go wrong with it.