You can keep lipstick for two years but mascara only lasts FOUR MONTHS… Here is the definitive list of make-up shelf lives
Have you been harbouring your foundation, lip gloss and mascara for too long?
HAVE you got a favourite lip gloss that’s been sat in your bag for far too long but you can’t bring yourself to throw away?
Plenty of women are self-confessed beauty hoarders, but now experts have warned that not ditching your old makeup can be bad for you – as out of date products may cause irritation and infection. keep your lipstick for two years, mascara lasts four months
The symbol to look out for on the product is the outline of an open jar.
This includes the letter ‘m’, which means month, and a number before it, which stands for the amount of months you can keep it once opened.
Joanne Dodds from Hairtrade.com said: “I’m sure most of us will admit to not checking regularly and having much loved items lurking in your makeup bag for years.
“Whilst it doesn’t harm you to use some out-of-date makeup products, some provide moisture which bacteria thrives on, and mascara and eyeliner can cause eye irritations or infections.”
Here’s when you should be ditching your favourite products, according to Joanne:
Makeup sponges: 1 month
Wash them after you use them and then give them the chuck after one month.
Mascara: 4 to 6 months
Most mascara tubes are labelled to have a shelf life of between four and six months.
But, as it comes into contact with your eyes, it’s important to throw away mascara once it’s been open for three months to prevent bacteria causing irritation and infection.
To make your product last longer, don’t pump it, never add water and definitely chuck it if it’s dried out.
Cream blush/eye shadow: 6 months
Products that are creamy only last about six months as they have more moisture for bacteria to thrive on – so keep an eye out for mould, smell or separation and give them the boot if they start to look a bit odd.
Eyeliner: 6 months – 1 year
Liquid eyeliner keeps for up to six months, as it’s susceptible to bacteria.
However, pencil liners will keep for up to two years if the cap is kept on firmly – but if you’ve suffered an eye infection, you should always throw away the eyeliners you’ve been using.
Foundation: 1 year
Liquid and cream foundations only last between six to 12 months as they are made up of oils, water and other hydrating agents that increase bacteria.
But your powder foundation will last up to two years.
Lip Gloss: 1 year
Don’t pump the wand and get well rid if it’s discoloured, starts to smell or has got thicker.
Nail Polish: 1 year
Nail polish goes out of date as air causes the liquid to evaporate, thicken and separate.
So, while it may be tempting tohoarde your favourite shades, they just don’t last.
Concealer: 12 – 18 months
If it’s dried out, changed texture or becomes clumpy and smelly, chuck it.
Powder/ Blush/ Bronzer/ Eye Shadow: 18 months – 2 years
Although they’ve got a shelf life, powders will probably be fine even after they’ve expired – they might just be a little trickier to use if they harden.
Lipstick: 18 months – 2 years
Look after them and they’ll last – just give them a clean with a wipe occasionally to remove bacteria.
Fragrances: 8 – 10 years
In fact, they can last even longer if you store them away from strong lights and keep the lid on between uses.