I was in Spring Cleaning mode last week. Standing in front of my makeup cabinet, I realized that it had been a LONG, LONG time since I tossed anything away. I decided NOW was the time. It wasn’t easy. I kept thinking “I paid too much for this” OR “I might use this someday, do I really want to throw it away?“. Plunging ahead, I started tossing out everything that was beyond the makeup expiration dates based on the makeup expiration guide below.
What’s Lurking in that 5 year old foundation?
It felt really good to get this done especially when you consider what may be lurking in your 12 month old mascara or your 3-year-old blush! There really isn’t a nice way to put it other than “gross”. Old makeup can contain bacteria. And bacteria can cause all sorts of problems including pink eye, clogged pores, irritated skin, breakouts and staph infections … just to name a few.If you are somewhat of a makeup hoarder like me, it's time to let it go and start tossing out the old. Look at it this way, you'll have more room for NEW makeup! Click To Tweet
Makeup Expiration Dates Guide
Below is a general guide on how often you should toss your makeup (once unsealed) and replace it. Keep in mind that Natural Beauty products have a shorter shelf life as they are free of preservatives. Natural Beauty products should be replaced every six months unless the product package indicates otherwise.
Makeup Expiration Dates
|MASCARA||Every Three Months.|
|LIQUID FOUNDATIONS, HIGHLIGHTERS AND TINTED MOISTURIZERS||Every Six Months.|
|POWDERED FOUNDATIONS, HIGHLIGHTERS AND BRONZERS||Every Twelve Months.|
|CONCEALER||Every Six Months.|
|BLUSH (POWDER)||Every Twelve Months.|
|BLUSH (CREAM)||Every Six Months.|
|EYE SHADOW||Every Twelve Months.|
|EYE AND LIP PENCILS||Every Six Months.|
|LIPSTICK AND LIP GLOSS||Every Twelve Months|
Since cosmetic companies are not required to have an expiration date printed on the packaging, you’ll need to keep track of when you purchased them. There are several ways to do this such as labeling the product with a sticker or a sharpie pen. There are also a few apps that will keep track of your makeup and notify you when they expire.
I hope you’ll take the plunge today and start tossing out the old!
Once you’ve gotten that done, below are some great makeup organizers if you’re in the mood for getting organized! I use a makeup cabinet similar to the IKEA Alex 9 Drawer Makeup Organizer. I found a dupe for it and saved $120. You can check that out Here. I also use Lori Greiner’s Deluxe Cosmetic Box for organizing my everyday makeup.
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