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Makeup Expiration Basics That Women Should Know

If you were to ask a lot of makeup artists what the purpose of wearing cosmetics is, there’s a pretty good chance that most of them are going to tell you that it’s to enhance the natural beauty that you already have. With that being the case, you want to make sure that every product you purchase is a complement to your skin tone and skin type, and it should beautify you without damaging your skin in the process.

That’s why it’s a good idea to not only read the ingredients of the makeup that you choose to wear, but should also be aware of what the shelf life of different kinds of makeup actually is. After all, not only is expired makeup difficult to apply, but it isn’t the best for your skin either.

So, in order to help you know when it’s time to toss the makeup out that’s in your drawer, here are some makeup expiration basics that all women should know about:

Mascara. Mascara and eyeliner are two cosmetics that can make your eyes really pop. In fact, there are a lot of celebrity makeup artists who will tell you that if you don’t have time to put on a full face of makeup, you should at least make time for mascara and lip gloss. However, being that your eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of your body, you shouldn’t use mascara or eye liner expired beyond 3-4 months. So, even if you have some leftover after that time, still toss it. An old mascara wand or eyeliner stick has the potential to collect bacteria and ultimately lead to an eye infection.

Lip gloss. Hands down, two of the best things to ever happen to women (cosmetically speaking) are lip gloss and lipstick. They are both wonderfully affordable ways to bring definition to your lips in a variety of colors and sheen. Another great thing about them is that they tend to have a really long shelf life. You can keep them anywhere from 2-4 years and still be in good shape.

Foundation. Being that the purpose of foundation is to smooth out any imperfections on your face and neck, you definitely don’t want to use yours after it expires. One of the main reasons why is because old foundation can actually clog pores and cause breakouts. So, how long should you hold on to what you have? If the foundation is oil-based, it’s good for about a year. If it’s made out of a powder, you have a bit more time. It can usually keep anywhere from 1-4 years. For the record, signs that powder foundation has seen better days is if it crumbles or has a bit of an odor to it. If that’s the case, get some new foundation.

Nail polish. So what about the shelf life of your nail polish? Well, if you were to ask someone who works for Health and Beauty Care Distribution about how long nail polish lasts, they would probably tell you that it’s somewhere around one year. So, what if you’re someone who has so many bottles that you can’t remember when you bought them all? Honestly, the quality of the polish will let you know when it’s time to throw it out. If it doesn’t go onto your nails smoothly, the color fades or it chips or peels after only a couple of days, it’s time to get some more.

All-natural makeup. If you’re someone who’s a big fan of all-natural makeup and you’d like to know what its expiration date is, honestly, it tends to vary based upon the manufacturer. That’s because some products are made out of ingredients that expire quicker than others. For this reason, make sure to read the packaging on all-natural makeup thoroughly. For information on some of the best all-natural makeup on the market, go to and put “best organic makeup brands” in the search field.

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