It doesn't matter how much product is remaining or how much money it cost. Beauty products are not the place you should be gambling on in terms of ROI. Tossing a $30 tube of mascara every 90 days is far easier on your wallet than the expenses involved with an eye infection.
When To Throw Out Makeup
- SPF Makeup - Makeup with sunscreen have expiration dates listed on the bottle, which you should toss since the sun protection will degrade. Physical blocks like titanium dioxide don’t usually have dates, and are good for about three years. If you’re unsure whether or not you need to throw it away, take a sniff and look at the texture of the product. If it’s clumping, runny, or smells out of the ordinary, it’s time to give it a heave-ho.
- Gel Eyeliner – Gel eyeliners usually dry out before they turn bad. But any liquid or wet makeup products that are used on the eye can harbor bacteria so you should give it a toss after a year.
- Cream or Liquid Concealer & Foundation – If the concealer or foundation begins to separate, it’s time to throw it on out. Part of the concealer will look like water and the other will be thick and dry. If your stick concealer or foundation becomes dry and starts to break apart when you use it, it’s a sign that bacteria is forming. Overall, cream or liquid concealer and foundations should last a solid year. Shake up the bottles every so often so the product doesn’t start to separate early.
- Powder Eyeshadow, Foundation, or Blush – These can last up to two years since bacteria will not develop as quickly, due to the absence of water. But if texture and pigment begin to change and you find it harder to use the product, give it a chuck. You can tissue off the top layer of these powders every so often to keep the colors fresh and bacteria-free.
- Makeup Brushes - Most makeup brushes will last for a couple of years, with weekly washings and care. If you feel the bristles of your brushes feeling harsher or there is excessive shedding, it may be time to throw them out.
- Lipstick & Lipgloss – Lipstick can last up to 14 months, with extra care by wiping off the bullet with a tissue and 70% alcohol every so often to sanitize. If you see beads of formula separating on the lipstick or the product becomes harder and drier, it’s time for a new one. With lipgloss, the constant swiveling and swishing in and out of the container is a sure winner of collecting bacteria. If the gloss has changes in its taste and smell, toss it. If the gloss has a doe-foot applicator, it’s best to throw it out when it hits 6 months.
- Mascara – There is a reason why the experts say to toss your mascara out in its third month. We all have microbial eyelash mites but if we continue to use the same mascara on them for a long period of time, they can clog up and cause an infection.
- Lip & Eye Pencils - If the pencil starts to crumble or is severely dry that it can no longer glide on your skin properly, it’s time for a new one. You can nearly triple the lifespan of your pencils by sharpening them every so often to keep them sanitized. The warmth of the sharpening friction can also keep the pigment softer for a longer period of time.
Source from Stylelist