When was the last time you cleaned out your makeup bag? Did you find that one lipstick from a year ago you haven’t used, and asked yourself, “Does this expire?” I’ve gathered a few things to let you know when it’s time to let it go.
Makeup Sponges – Toss them after every application. Unless it’s a Beauty Blender and you’re washing it frequently, I’d give it a month.
Mascara – Super easy to get an eye infection, if you’re not replacing your tube every three to four months. Bacteria loves it inside those tubes! Unless you use mascara like me, I’m buying one every month! Little tip, don’t pump the wand up and down, that puts air inside causing it to dry faster instead twist the wand and pull it out slowly.
Eye/Lip Pencil – Gel or Liquid liners should be replaced every three to six months. Pencils last a little longer since they’re constantly getting sharpened, but I wouldn’t keep it longer than one year.
Lipgloss – The wand liploss give it six months since you’re constantly putting it back in the tube (bacteria build-up.) But if you have the squeeze lipstick that should last you a year.
Liquid Foundations -Normally after a year, the consistency and color will change. Since you’re applying it with sponges, brushes getting washed regularly it’ll last a year. Be sure to keep it away from sunlight to prevent bacteria and the foundation from drying out.
Lipstick – If the surface is hard, or little beads are forming, it’s time to throw it away. Lipsticks are good for one year.
Nail Polish – After a year the color turns, and the polish becomes hard and thick. The chemicals cause it to degrade.
Concealer – Finger application makes bacteria much easier to spread in a pan, twelve to eighteen months. Concealer in the tube, will last a year.
Blush/Bronzers – If the color is starting to cake-up/darken…toss it. Should last about two years, since it doesn’t contain any oil and water.
Makeup Brushes – Depending on the quality of your brushes, they will last you a year to at least five years to a lifetime! Clean them every day, but once a week is fine too if you’re busy. You don’t need no fancy brush cleaner, Johnson&Johnson Baby Shampoo is gentle enough and works just fine!