Makeup Bag Minimalism : When To Chuck

January 25, 2015

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Not everyone knows that makeup expires – I was reading an article that said some women admit to owning eye shadow that’s over 14 years old!! I wouldn’t be surprised if my mum had a few items in her collection that are older than me… But it’s important not to keep makeup past its use-by date because as soon as it’s opened and makes contact with the air, bacteria gets in and starts to breed. These bacteria can cause breakouts, rashes, irritation and infection. Eugh.

I always knew that mascara had a pretty short lifespan once opened – a tube that’s been open for more than a few months really stings my eyes – but I wasn’t really down on the deadlines for using up some of the other things. Here’s a cheat sheet:

.powder-based : 24 months
.cream-based (including concealer) : 12-18 months
.foundation : 18 months
.but oil-free : 12 months (the water-based products .break down more quickly)
.lipstick : 12 months
.lip gloss : 18 months
.pencils : 24 months (sharpening removes the outer, exposed layer)
.mascara : 3 months
.gel + liquid eyeliner : 2 months (who gets though a pot of gel liner in 2 months!!)

and a few more tips…
.gone off eye make up is one of the main causes of eye infections
.don’t pump your mascara wand to coat the brush, that only traps more air in the .bottle so it goes off faster
.store make up in a cool, dry place to help it last as long as possible
.store lipsticks in the fridge to keep them going longer
.throw anything out if it starts to smell funky
.check the container of you makeup, there should be a little “open jar” symbol with a number and M (stands for months) inside e.g. 18M. That tells you how long the product will last once opened. You can even put a sticky label with the date of opening to keep track
.nail polish also goes off, but it’s less of a problem because you’re not applying it directly to your skin. It just becomes pretty unusable, but you can buy nail polish thinners, like this, to bring them back to life.

 

 xx

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