Can you believe I’m already onto my 10th Sunday Post! So much has happened in those 10 weeks that it’s strange reading back over my old ones. To see all of my Sunday Posts check out my Directory. I’ve been pretty ill over the past couple of days but I really wanted to get a post up for you. Today’s Sunday Post is all about makeup expiration dates – hope you enjoy!
Now, as a beauty blogger, I do get pretty attached to my makeup. And I may buy a huge amount of makeup that gets used 2 or 3 times before getting replaced with the next best thing. However, yesterday I had little sort out and got rid of a bit of makeup that had been lying in my drawers unused for months. Just like food, makeup has an expiration date. And if we carry on using makeup for long after it, it can lead to problems with your skin or irritation. So, today’s Sunday Post is a little guide to the shelf life of your makeup. Now, I generally live by the rule that if it looks fine and isn’t causing any problems, continue using it so don’t take this as a rule that cannot be broken.
Mascara - Mascara generally has the shortest shelf life, at around 3 months. This is probably one of the most important products to keep an eye on because if you keep it for much longer than that, it often leads to eye infections – not nice!
Liquid foundations/concealers – Most liquid products will last between 6-12 months but again, if it isn’t causing any skin problems, I’m sure you could squeeze it out for another 2 months or so. Check to see if it has separated into layers or the colour has lightened as this is a sure sign that it’s time to get rid of it!
Lipstick - 2 years. A sign that you need to bin it is if the lipstick has gone dry.
Lipgloss - 1 year. I am 100% sure I am guilty of not binning lipglosses after a mere 12 months so I wouldn’t be so strict on this one. However, if your gloss has gone really sticky, it’s time to get a new one!
Powder foundations/blushes/eyeshadows - Powders naturally have the longest shelf life, at around 2 years so you can be fairly relaxed about this. You can tell if it’s expired if the powder goes dry and flaky.
Nail Polish - 1-2 years. I am definitely really bad at keeping to this! However, I’ve had to part with a fair few polishes because they’ve gone gloopy or have separated into layers.
Liquid eyeliners - They work in a similar way to mascaras in that they shouldn’t be kept for much longer than 3 months as they can dry up.
Pencil eyeliners/lipliners - As new product is revealed each time you sharpen them, pencils can last for up to 3 years without expiring!
Gel eyeliners - These are a much better option for those of you who prefer liquid liners but want to keep them for longer as gel eyeliners can be used for up to a year without drying out.
I hope this little guide has been helpful and is just in time for some spring cleaning! Plus, the more you throw out, the more space you’ll have for new makeup right?! Thanks for reading & comment below what you think.
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