Are you an obsessed makeup junkie?
Nine times out of ten, I cannot leave the mall without stopping at a cosmetic counter. I find myself purchasing tons of makeup products…most of them I need; the rest is just because. However, most women don’t realize that there is an expiration date on those shimmer eye-shadows, voluminous mascara’s and glittery bronzers. Even though it’s not stated on the back of your product, it exist!
From the moment you open your products the life and effectiveness decreases and bacteria starts to grow. So how do you know what to keep and what to throw away?!? It’s very simple, and I have some helpful tips to get you started!!!
* First and foremost, always store your makeup in a dry, cool area, and make sure the products are always sealed.
* Always use clean brushes, and avoid using unclean hands to apply your makeup. Depending on what type of brush you have; natural-bristled or synthetic they should be cleaned on a weekly or monthly basis with a makeup brush cleaner or warm water and mild soap such as Johnson & Johnson’s shampoo. Once they are clean, lay them flat on a towel to air dry. Makeup sponges should be disposed after using.
* Lastly, if your product has changed colors or has an odor toss it…it’s not worth catching an infection!
EXPIRATION DATES DO EXIST
* Liquid/Cream Foundations – 3 to 6 months
*Concealer – 6 to 8 months
* Powders, pressed powder, eye shadows, blush – 1 year
* Mascara – 3 months
* Lip gloss/Lipstick – 1 year
* Eye/Lip pencils – 1 year (if you keep them sharpened on a weekly basis to prevent bacteria, they can last you longer than a year)
* Facial Cleansers and moisturizer – 6 months
* Facial toner – 1 year
* All natural cosmetics, body washes, etc – 6 months