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Check the Date: Is Your Makeup Expired?


The other day, I did a big clean-up of my makeup vanity, doing lots of old and barely used products. I realized I hadn’t dated any of these things after the pandemic and it was definitely time to throw some things out. Just like your food or old medicine, makeup has expiration dates that must be observed. That old ashy lipstick or that liquid lipstick that’s parted and greasy? Maybe it’s time to throw them away. Cosmetics used after expiration can cause skin irritation or acne breakouts. I know more than anyone how expensive makeup is and trust me, it hurts to have to throw it away. However, it is a necessary chore that will ensure that our face is flawless and our skin is free from irritation.

We’ll give you a guide on what to throw out makeup and when.

We spoke with Shana Henry, a San Diego-based licensed esthetician, about what can happen to your skin if you use outdated makeup. Here is what Shana had to say: “It is very important to pay attention to the expiration date of cosmetics. When cosmetics expire, that’s when the preservatives in the product break down, which can allow bacteria to thrive. This can cause irritation and skin problems. Using an old foundation and face makeup can make the skin sensitive with redness, dry scaly and easily irritated skin. Using expired eye makeup could cause redness and inflammation, stye, and increased tearing. Shana adds a great tip: “Write the date on your products when you open them so you know when to throw them away. “

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The expiration date of your cosmetic products can be found on the label on the back or bottom of the products.

FOUNDATION, CORRECTOR, LIQUID MAKE-UP:

Typically, once foundation is opened, it has a shelf life of about 6 months to a year before you run the risk of it expiring. Once your product starts to separate, unfortunately it’s time to throw it away. To keep your product as hygienic as possible, keep your fingers away from the applicator. I like to use a stainless steel makeup palette or pour the foundation onto the back of my hand and apply it with my sponge or brush.

MASCARA, EYESHADOW, EYELINER

Mascara has the shortest shelf life of all your makeup products. After 3 months, it’s time to let go. Expired mascara can cause serious irritation and eye infections. Immediately turn off the mascara if you notice the formula getting lumpy or if you notice an odor.

Liquid eyeliner has the same shelf life as your mascara and may carry the same risk of infection if used after the expiration date. Mix it after 3 months of opening to avoid any complications.

Eye pencils have a bit more durability, if you keep them constantly sharp. It should go without saying, but don’t share your liquid eye makeup products.

Eyeshadow lasts about two years as long as it is well cared for. The powder formula should be stored away from moisture and in a cool, dry place. If you notice that your eyeshadow is hardened, looks ashy, or smells, it’s time to let it go. You don’t want to risk using old products around your eyes, so watch out for any obvious changes.

LIPSTICK & GLOSS

Your lipstick has a lifespan of about a year. Once the lipstick or liquid gloss starts to separate and get greasy, it’s time to let go. With cream lipstick looking for any changes in texture, an ashy finish or dryness is a good indicator that it’s time to throw it away. Again, the goal is to eliminate the risk of skin infections, and clinging to old makeup isn’t worth the risk.

As a makeup artist and collector, I tend to buy a lot of products. I know how expensive this habit is, so I pay extra attention to things after I open them to make sure I don’t use anything that can damage my skin. As a tip, I spend as little money as possible on products that expire quickly. My favorite mascara costs $ 6.99 for a reason, if I have to throw it away because it’s expired, it doesn’t hurt my pockets as much. Over the seasons, take this time to go through your makeup bag or drawer and separate any items that might need to be thrown away. Once you’ve got the old stuff out, you can make room for something new.

We hope you found this guide to when to throw off your makeup helpful. While we all want to look ripped off when our face is done, we also want our skin and eyes to be protected from bacteria. Take a look at your makeup stash and throw it away or keep whatever you need. Leave us a comment below and let us know if it has helped you.



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