When is a good time to swap out your makeup? Ever wanted to know how long your makeup or products should last for? Here is the inside scoop on some real numbers for you. From personal experience to just plain common sense, there are a few key points to keep in mind when you wonder if its a good time to ditch your stuff.
All different forms of makeup vary, such as pressed powders or loose, creams or liquids. Right off the bat your powder are going to last longer than your creams and that should be common sense. I mean if you think of yogurt or cereal, which goes off faster? Probably not the best scientific example and to say that now, this is not a scientific diagnosis on my part but a proven diagnosis and something that I value as a makeup artist. I take this very seriously and that is why I am here to help guide you in the right direction.
This is also on a basis that you keep your brushes clean between use and/or wash your sponges and fingers before using too.
Pressed Powders such as your eye shadows, blushes and face powders should get chucked after 2 years.
Loose Powders such as Eye Pigments and loose translucent or coloured face powders you should chuck after 2-3 years. You are usually not double dipping your loose powders with your brush so there is way less chance of bacteria to get inside there.
Liquids & Creams
This does include any of your liquid products, unless specified shorter or longer your liquids should last one year. If you are not sure when you purchased the product then judge by the consistency and smell. Usually if your product is off the consistency will either be separated and or you can always smell if it is a little funky. In regards to Lipsticks or Cream Blushes, it is a good idea to clean off the top in between uses as the surface is a huge harbour for bacteria. These products generally last up to 2 years.
In regards to natural products this is also the case for powder and liquid but even if it doesn’t smell the product expires because the ingredients are no longer active, and will not have the same result. Most organic and natural products have 6 month expiration from opening and a one year shelf life.
Please be sure to always check and read the label.
Do you keep using the same the products time and time again? Meaning, you go through tube after tube of the same mascara, or foundation?
There is nothing wrong with having a favourite product or products that are your go to, staples. The only time I find this necessary is when you are looking for a change. Wether it be a change in the season, how the skin is behaving, etc. You must work your products around this and products are re-inventing themselves constantly, items get discontinued (so this is a good reason to not stick with one fave) and formulas are always changing for the better. Better ingredients, less chemicals.
Please do let me know if you have any questions or comments as I would love to hear from you.
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