Is It Time to Clean Out Your Makeup Bag? – When Makeup Products Expire

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Did you know makeup products have expiration dates? Just like food, makeup goes bad, builds up bacteria, and needs to be replaced. If you haven’t gotten rid of any makeup in the past few months, it may be time to clean out that makeup bag and get some new products! Here’s how long you should keep each product:

Eyeliner – 3 months to 1 year

Liquid and gel eyeliners should only be kept for up to 3 months. Pencil liners can be used for an entire year because you are constantly sharpening them and getting rid of most of the germs.

Foundation – 6 months to 1 year

If you use a stick foundation or touch the neck of the bottle frequently, your foundation will most likely only be good for about 6 months. If you use a pump foundation, it is OK to use it for a year because it is protected from air exposure.

Beauty Blender – 3 to 6 months

If you clean your beauty blender once or twice a week, you can use it for up to 6 months. If you don’t clean it as often as you should and use it very frequently, it may be best to throw it away after 3.

Mascara – 3 months 

This is important in order to prevent eye infections. Mascara can easily irritate your eyes and it builds up bacteria faster than other makeup products. So, be sure to get a new tube every 3 months!

Concealer – 6 months

Concealer also builds up bacteria quickly because you use it on blemishes. To protect yourself from future breakouts, replace your concealer every 6 months.

Blush – 1 to 2 years

If you have a cream or stick blush, you can use it for about 12-18 months. However, powdered blushes can be used for up to 2 years.

Lip Products – 1 year

Lip products start to lose their texture after about a year. In order to get the best look and protect from bacteria build up, you should replace these products within 12 months.

Powders (Eye Shadow, Bronzer, Foundation, etc) – 1 – 2 years

Most powders are intended to last 2 years. However, if you don’t clean the brushes used with these products frequently, you may want to toss them after a year.

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