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When do makeup products expire?

It’s no secret that hoarding makeup is the new trend in the beauty world and a lot of women like to show off their collections on social media platforms. Although, it may seem like every girl’s dream to own a room full off makeup products many of us don’t think about the health risks that this habit may bring into our lives.

Expiration dates on beauty products are not necessarily printed on the package, but once you have open the product and it gets in contact with the air then the clock starts ticking backwards. I know it’s hard to get separated from your “babies” in which you’ve invested money, heart and storage place, but you have to play it safe and toss them out.

Once a beauty product has gone bad then it can be the perfect environment for bacteria growth that can cause nasty breakouts, rashes, irritations, infections and many more that you probably don’t want to hear about. That’s why as a makeup artist I update and clean my makeup kit regularly so I don’t have to put my client’s health in danger.

Before going into details about the actual live of certain beauty products, first I want to give you some tips on how to spot a product gone funky.

  • Packaging – in some cases when a product goes bad then the packaging tends to change form or expand. That means you have a nice population of bacteria growing inside the tube.

  • Smell – This theory is pretty straightforward. If it smells bad then don’t put it on your face. You wouldn’t eat a steak that smells from a mile away would you?

  • Colour – products that are way beyond they’re expiration date change colour visibly. Don’t think your lipstick has magical powers and it changed colours overnight. I think it’s time to make a trip to MAC to get that new limited edition nude lipgloss.

  • Consistency – the product may become thicker, clumpy or watery. Ingredients tend to separate and you can clearly distinguish oil/water floating on the surface. If that’s the case then the product is gone forever!

Now let’s move on to how much do makeup products actually last? Well, I have put together a list for you and next to each beauty item I’ve added the expiration period.

MASCARA – 6 months

CREAM EYELINER – 3 to 6 months

PENCIL EYELINER – 2 years

CREAM EYESHADOWS – 6 months

POWDER EYESHADOWS – 2 years

LIPSTICK – 1-2 years

LIPGLOSS – 6 months to 1 year

LIPLINERS – 2 years

LIQUID FOUNDATIONS & CONCEALERS  – 6 months to 1 year

POWDER FOUNDATION & CONCEALERS – 1 year

BLUSH POWDER &  FACE POWDERS – 1 to 2 years

TOOLS – up to 2 years but they have to be cleaned regularly

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