In order to start your New Year on the right foot, a worthy plan of action to add to your resolution list is to go through your cosmetic bag and discard any out dated cosmetics. Owning expired makeup can be harmful to your health, in fact doctors warn against using makeup that is expired. Those old makeup containers may be full of more than just powder; they could be harboring dangerous bacteria. So how do you know when to throw them out?
Experts say you should go by when you first opened the makeup. Eye make-ups and liquid foundations last the least amount of time and should be tossed out after just three months. Changing your eye makeup often is crucial to avoiding eye infections. The rule of thumb is to typically change your mascara and your eye liner every three to six months. Eye shadow can actually last a little bit longer, almost to about a year. But if at any point in time you develop an eye infection like conjunctivitis or pink eye, you should immediately throw away any makeup that has come in contact with your eyes and just start fresh with new products. You can also get acne from using dirty brushes and other makeup application supplies. Makeup brushes should be cleaned once a week with cleanser or a mild antibacterial dish detergent.
General rule of thumb cheat sheet
When to replace:
1. Mascara-3 months if used daily, 6 months if not
2. Concealer-18 months
3. Liquid Foundation-1 year
4. Loose powder foundation-no expiration date
5. Cream eyeshadow-1 year
6. Powder eyeshadow-2 years
7. Lip pencil-3 years
8. Lipstick-2 years
9. Lipgloss-1 year