Germs lurk in old makeup…resolve now to spring-clean your makeup drawer with these expiration guidelines!
MASCARA: its liquid consistency makes it susceptible to bacteria and its close proximity to the eye can lead to possible infections. Replace every 3 months.
LIQUID LINER: similar concerns as mascara; replace every 6 months.
PENCIL EYELINERS: good for up to 2 years providing you are sharpening your pencil with each use to keep it fresh.
FOUNDATION: bid “sayonara” if you notice any changes in smell, color or texture; most foundations will last up to a year, but if you are acne/blemish prone, best to replace every 6 months.
CONCEALER: liquid based; 1 year, powder-based; 2 years
LIPSTICK: a long lasting relationship; 2 years. Discard when it becomes dry or changes color.
LIPGLOSS: due to its liquid consistency and potential for bacteria to form sooner, best to toss after 1 year.
POWDER, BLUSH, BRONZER, EYESHADOW: powder-based products have 2 years shelf life with regular and diligent cleaning of applicators and brushes.
Keep track of expiration dates by writing the date of purchase with a sharpie marker on the bottom of each product.