We’ve all been there. We look down at that eye shadow palette that was $45 and think ‘I should probably get rid of this’, but ignore our suggestion. You put on that lipstick that you got three years ago and wonder if it will harm you in any way. Every one has been there. So now that it is a new year, I think it is time to see if you need new makeup.
What will happen if I just keep my makeup?
This is a question that most of us have when it comes to restocking our makeup drawer. So what are the consequences? Over time, makeup has a way of breaking down. Not only does that mean it changes the consistency and possible pigmentation, but it also means that that fancy foundation with SPF in it no longer contains the same concentration of SPF. Putting expired face products on your face could lead to inflammation, rashes, or in more serious cases blisters.
Another, more commonly-known consequence of keeping your expired makeup, is that it harbors a bunch of bacteria. This means that you could contract pink eye or could even get strep throat or a common cold. For more information on what could happen, click on this BuzzFeed video right here for further information.
So does this mean I need to throw away my makeup?
After hearing this life altering information, you might be freaking out about your makeup collection. So I, the hero of your story, have made a nice chart-list thing on which makeup you can keep and for how long.
- Face Masks/Peels
- Liquid or Gel Eyeliner
6 months- 1 year
- Liquid Foundation
- Face Wash
- Creams and Serums
1 year- 1.5 years
- Lip Gloss
- Cream Eyeshadows
- Eyebrow Gel
- Lip and Eye Pencils
- Nail Polish
- Powder Eyeshadow and Blush
- Body Lotion
Keep in mind, while the list I have formed for you are typically the expiration dates for general products, some results may be different. On each makeup product you use, there should be a little sign that looks like this:
The number inside each container is the number of months you can keep the product before possible expiration.
As always, thanks for reading! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact me! Make sure to reply down below and tell me what you would like to see me blog about next.