I must confess: I don't wear a ton of makeup, but I don't go completely bare either. A little powder, some mascara, a touch of lip gloss, and I am good to go.
Regardless of your daily beauty regimen, cosmetics can be pricey, so I don't blame you for not replacing your products regularly. But makeup does have shelf life after all. Beauty products should be tossed on a regular basis because bacteria can grow in all those slick-looking containers and tubes, which can lead to nasty infections like pink eye, rashes, and cold sores — these blemishes are definitely not attractive. Check out the handy little chart below to see how long your makeup and beauty essentials should last before replacing them.
|Eyeliner (pencil)||Sharpened regularly, will last up to three years.|
|Eyeliner (liquid)||Three to six months|
|Eyeshadow, blush, and bronzer (powder)||Two years|
|Cream blush or eyeshadow||12 to 18 months|
To see the shelf life of other products
|Liquid concealer||Up to 12 months|
|Loose powder||Two years|
|Cream or compact foundation||12 to 18 months|
|Liquid foundation||12 months for a water-based product, 18 months for one that's oil-based.|
|Lipstick||One to two years. If it smells rancid before then, throw it out.|
|Lip gloss||18 to 24 months|
|Lip liner||Three years|
|Mascara||Three to four months|
|Makeup brushes||Wash every two to three months in mild soap.|
|Sunscreen||Check the expiration date, or throw out if it's lumpy, runny, or smells bad.|
To help you remember when it's time to throw out your Fresh Sugar Lip Gloss and other products, write your own expiration date on the container with a permanent marker when you open them. And if your products come in contact with an infection such as pink eye, ditch them ASAP. Generally, you can also follow the rule that if it looks or smells funky, trash it.