How Long Does Makeup Last? When to Switch Out Cosmetics


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When to Switch Out Cosmetics

Ever wonder how you should store and manage your makeup, and if you should switch or throw away certain products? So have we, so we looked into it. Here are some makeup organization tools that are easy to implement. Be warned: You’ll have to get rid of some makeup products that can become rancid after the winter months.

Organizing Makeup Brushes

Many makeup brands and boutiques have designated compartments where you can store and place your brushes. If you check your bags and don’t find any of these, you can easily make your own brush organizer in a pinch from things in your home.

An empty mason jar is elegant holder of brushes that can be personalized. If you want more jazz in your home makeup counter, you can pour small plastic crystals (or pepples) into your jar, so when you insert your makeup brushes in it they will stand erect. Check out some of the examples from Pinterest.

Switching Out Your Makeup For Winter

A recent article in Good Housekeeping notes that every time you open and use a makeup container, you have the potential to transfer germs into the makeup—yuck! For this reason alone, you might want to re-think the storage of years-old, half-empty concealer packs in your sock drawer. And the end of flu season might be just the time to toss a few things.

As obvious as it sounds, the first rule is to follow the expiration date printed on the package. Sometimes this date is printed on the outer package and not on the makeup bottle itself (which is tricky to notice, since we often toss out makeup boxes immediately upon returning from the store). Next time you buy makeup, examine the box carefully and think twice before recycling the outer materials. Here is a general guide on the expiration of makeup items:

  • Powder Blushes: You’re in luck, your favorite powder brush can last up to two winters – or two years.
  • Powder Eyeshadow: Eyeshadow can last up to two years as well.
  • Eyeliner: Throw your eyeliner out once a year if you feel like it is irritating the eyes. It is not recommended that you donate eye products to another person, since certain germs on the wand can cause skin reactions.
  • Concealer and Liquid Foundation: These can last for about two years before they need to be replaced.
  • Mascara and Sponges: These should be thrown every six months. Sponges can harbor harmful bacteria and mascara can also accumulate bacteria every time you dip it into the tube.

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