What happens when a product goes bad? When a product goes “off” it becomes less effective and can become contaminated leading to a nasty skin infection.
How to tell? While many items (such as eyeshadow) have no indication of having gone “off”, others display signs to be wary of, such as:
The makeup separates: in the case of lotions/creams/foundations, oftentimes the base will settle to the bottom while the oils float to the top.
It stinks: if the makeup is smelling foul or in any way different from how it smelled when you first opened it, it’s time to toss.
Changing colors: if the foundation is starting to turn neon green, for example, just chuck it.Now, onto a comprehensive list of what you can keep, for how long…
THE LISTMOISTURIZER: 3-12 months.
- Keep out of sunshine, heat, or direct light!
- Try to keep fingers from dipping and scooping (try a cotton swab or buy it in pump form)
- Throw out as soon as it changes color, smell or consistency!
- Don’t pump!
- Don’t share!
- Use one at a time!
- Don’t use when you have an eye infection! (duh!)
- Never add water or… ew… saliva to the tube! (double duh)
- Refridgerate or keep in a cool dark place.
- Clean makeup applicators once a week (sponges)
- Don’t apply on broken skin
- Choose pump dispenser if available.
- Toss when colors separate, smells funky, or colors change.
POWDER: pressed powder- 2 years, loose powder-3 years
- if kept longer than 2-3 years powder will dry out, becoming more difficult to apply and appear more chaulky.
BLUSH: powder blush 2 years, cream blush 12-18 months.
- dry blush can get “slippery” texture if expired
- color can change after expiration
- wash brushes once week
- apply cream blush with “clean” fingers!
EYE SHADOW: Powder shadow 2 years, cream shadow 12-18 months.
- Use clean brushes.
- Use clean fingers if you like it like that.
- Never use if you have an eye infection (can transmit bacteria back into the shadow!)
EYELINER/LIPLINER: 2 years.
- Continuing to sharpen the pencils cleans the surface of bacteria.
- Keep away from direct sunlight and heat
- Never share!
- Don’t use if you have cold sores or eye infections!
LIPSTICK: 18 months to 2 years. They tend to last due to the formulation of pigment to fats.
- Don’t share!
- Don’t use if you have a cold sore!
- If the lipstick feels dry, scratchy or changes color… toss it!
PERFUMES: 2 years. Fragrances have a higher shelf life because it’s literally “preserved” in alcohol.
- Store in moderate temperature (fridge keeps best)
- Don’t use if it changes in smell or color.
- Be wary of allergies!