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Thursday, June 2, 2011

How Long Can You Keep Your Makeup?

Just like many things we use throughout the day, there is a shelf life of cosmetics. How long should you keep that blue mascara from high school you can't buy anymore?

Makeup shelf life various on the kind of cosmetics and the type of cosmetics you purchase. There are some simple guidelines of how long to keep your cosmetics. Just because you have a little bit of lipstick still in the tube doesn't mean you should be using it. For beautiful, healthy skin you need to know makeup shelf life.

Makeup shelf life guidelines to follow:
First off, if it smells (often like crayon), has a distinct odor that should not be (sometime a yellow), throw it away! I am amazed at how long women will keep cosmetics that have a bad odor. Do yourself a favor and trash it.

Another good rule of thumb, if you can't remember when you purchased it, trash it! Makeup should not stir up memories from ten years ago. If you makeup bag does, throw it out!

The following is a simple guideline to follow when you are cleaning out your makeup bag.
  • Oil-Free Foundation: 1 year
  • Cream or Compact Foundation: 18 months
  • Concealer: 12-18 months
  • Powder: 2 years
  • Blush and Bronzer: 2 years
  • Cream Blush: 12-18 months
  • Powder Eye shadow: 2 years
  • Cream Eye shadow: 12-18 months
  • Eyeliner: 2 years
  • Liquid eyeliner: 3-6 months
  • Mascara: 3 months
  • Lipstick: 2 years
  • Lip liner: 2 years
  • Lip gloss: 18-24 months
  • Nail Color: 1 year
If you are using natural cosmetics, these should be thrown out sooner. Regular cosmetics contain ingredients that do help prolong shelf life. But of course natural cosmetics do not. Please check with your favorite natural store for the information on the cosmetics you love.

My favorite tip to make throwing out your cosmetics a little easier: Buy yourself a Sharpie to keep with your makeup bag. Write your own expiration date on the cosmetics that way you will always know when it is time to replace.

  1. Never use “samples” at cosmetic counters. The applicators have been used on many other eyes and infections can be transmitted. Do not share eye makeup with others.
  2. Use crayon or liquid eye liners instead of pencils that need sharpening. Any time the tips get stiff they can break off into the eye. Wood shavings from sharpening can scratch the eye and injure the cornea.
  3. Utensils used to curl, brush or separate lashes may contain nickel or other metals that cause irritation.
  4. Mascara should be replaced ever 3 to 4 months. If eye infection occurs, replace all makeup  immediately including the applicators & brushes. Moisturizers & Lotions are good for up to 1 year.
  5. Chemicals in makeup removers can cause irritation & temporary blurred vision.
  6. Do not use saliva to thin clumps or wet mascara brush. Saliva contains bacteria which can infect your eyes.
  7. Do not apply eye makeup while in moving vehicle. Even the slightest poke on the eyeball can become a serious injury.
  8. Insert contact lenses before applying makeup and take them out prior to removing makeup. Any particles, oils or residue from makeup can  cause corneal abrasions or ulcers.
  9. Avoid makeup that contains a metal sheen or glitter, especially in eye shadow. The glittery particles are sharp like broken glass.
  10. Prefer non-waterproof eye makeup and wash it off every night before bedtime. Apply heaviest amount at the tips of lashes and nearly none at the roots. Do not apply new layers over days-old mascara.

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