Makeup expiry dates are there for a reason. They are there to protect your skin and wellbeing. You may have thought that your trusty mascara will last forever but that isn’t the case. Old makeup can be riddled with bacteria and cause your skin to have breakouts as well as increasing your risk of getting infections.

Don’t risk using your makeup when it’s past it’s expiry date, toss it out and replace it! Below you can enjoy a good insight into what’s in your makeup bag and how long it will last!

Mascara – Because mascara tends to be water based it is extremely susceptible to collecting bacteria. Mascara is typically safe to use for around 3 months. After this period is up it’s a good idea to renew it, as the ingredients will also be past their stage of effectiveness.

Liquid Foundation and Concealer – These typically last 6 to 12 months because they contain a mixture of water, oils and hydrating agents which shortens their shelf-life giving them an increased risk of bacterial contamination. Powders on the other hand are a little bit tougher and can last up to two years. This is because the dry texture doesn’t allow bacteria to grow as easily, however it’s recommend washing your makeup tools regularly.

Cream Blush and Eye shadow – Do you love to wear some luxurious eye shadow and cream blush for special occasions? Your blush or eye color can last from 6 to 12 months. You must remember to keep all the lids securely shut or else you run the risk of the products becoming contaminated.

Powder Blush and Eye shadow – Because the dry texture of powder makes it a lot tougher for bacteria to grow these can last up to 1 year. They key to the longevity of these two products is to ensure you regularly clean your brush so you aren’t smearing in dirt and dead skin cells into your powder.

Eyeliner and Lip Liner Pencils – Both beauty items have an excellent use by date because as you sharpen them you are exposing fresh product. You can enjoy eyeliners and lip liner pencils for up to 2 years before you should think about refreshing them.

 Liquid Eyeliner – Because liquid eyeliner goes on the delicate area of your eye and again, is a water and oil based product it is easier for it to harbour bacteria. A liquid eyeliner should last around 6 months or less.

 Lipstick, moisturizers, and skin care – These products can last 1 to 2 years if you always use clean hands and keep the lids on these products.

To get the most out of your makeup products ensure that you always clean your hands first, regularly clean your tools and equipment and replace the lids every time. Don’t neglect the expiry dates because they are there for a reason – so you can get the most out of your product. Replace them when you need to keep your skin healthy, clean and breakout free.

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