Save or Toss? Make-Up Expirations Exposed

Beauty, Make-Up

Hi Everyone! Today’s post revolves around an infographic I created due to the amount of questions I receive from clients and my readers regarding makeup and how often products should be tossed and replaced. If you’re interested, please scroll and keep on reading ๐Ÿ™‚

If you haven’t cleaned out your make-up bag recently, it’s time to do some spring cleaning to make sure you’re not applying expired products on your face. When going through your makeup bag, or should I say makeup stash? I know many of you have drawers filled with products… I promise, I’m not judging since i’m definitely guilty of hoarding makeup.

When going through your makeup stash, I highly recommend that you smell your makeup. If the scent is different then when you first bought it, it’s probably time to toss it. I am constantly going through my stash and more importantly, my kit that I’ve put together for clients because the last thing I want is a client getting a reaction from an expired product.

Below is the infographic I created, you’re more than welcome to pin this on Pinterest, post on Instagram, Facebook or share w/ your friends and family. Keep them in the loop!

Below I’ve highlighted my experience with makeup products & when I know it’s time to toss them out. Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

Foundation:ย I have found that foundation normally lasts anywhere between 6 months to a year. Foundation that isn’t oil free tends to break up and not perform as well and I usually toss those after 6 months. However, most of the foundations I use in my kit or for personal use like the Make-Up Forever HD or Tarte Amazonian Clay foundations typically last around a year. If my foundation does start to separate, I will toss it. Currently, I’ve been obsessed with the It Cosmetics CC cream; it’s definitelyย loved and I use it daily, so it barely lasts me 4 months. My tip is to have 2-3 foundations (a lightweight daytime foundation and a full coverage foundation for special events) open at a time so that you’re not blowing your money away on foundation and then tossing it without using it up.

Eyeliner:ย Liquid, gel, cream liner.. it doesn’t matter. I won’t keep eyeliner around for more than a year. My current obsession for the last 2-3 years has probably beenย Inglot’s Gel Eyeliner.ย  It’s definitely the eyelinerI reach for most in my kit and perfect for brides or glam sessions for a special event. It’s long wearing and pretty much waterproof, so feel free to cry! If your gel eyeliner dries out, add a drop of Inglot’s Duraline to revive it and try to always close the cap to keep bacteria away and to prevent it from drying out.

Mascara:ย I don’t play w/ mascara.. I will keep eyeshadows and blush longer than 2-3 years sometimes, especially if its limited edition, but mascara is too dangerous to keep longer than 6 months. I typically like to have 2-3 mascaras open at a time and switch it up every few days. Currently, I am loving Too Faced Better Than Sex, It Cosmetics Superhero and Maybelline Big Shot Mascara.ย If the mascara gets dry or clumpy, I usually toss it. Mascara tip: don’t pump the wand up and down because that lets bacteria in and tends to dry out your mascara quicker.

Blush +ย Highlight +ย Eyeshadow:ย Let’s talk powders! These can stay in your kit the longest, but if you notice the pigmentation is not the same as it was when you first bought the product, it’s time to toss it. I’ve been using the Lorac Pro Paletteย for 3 years now and the formula/pigmentation has not changed on me yet, but I’ve hit pan on almost every color so I’ll have to replace it soon anyways!

Lipstick:ย Lipstick can definitely last you 1-2 years, however, if you notice a change in the smell, or if it starts to dry out and become harder to apply, you should toss it. I recommend keeping your lip products in a cool place and not your car. I can’t tell you how many lippie sticks have melted in my car.. thank you California sun ๐Ÿ™‚


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  • Jessica Voight

    Great post!!! I normally throw out my eye products every 5 months or so yet I probably have some powder products for a minimum of 5 years but they don’t smell like they did when I first bought them. The packaging is too nice to throw away.

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