New Years Make Up….Out With The Old…

When was the last time that you cleaned out your makeup drawer/bag?  For me I am embarrassed to admit that it was ages ago.  Honestly I love to try products and seem to rotate ALOT.  But I still have my favorite makeup items that get used, and over used.  I did some research and here is the maximum expiration dates for some of the lurking products we all have….


Eyeliner6 months to 1 year.

Eye liner pencil1year..this can last longer because you can sharper it and it does not become a breeding ground for bacteria.

Mascara 3-6 months…YIKES!!!  The reason being is that we tend of pump our mascara to get more on the wand and that lets air in which dries it up AND lets bacteria in.

Blush, Eye Shadow and other “powder” products1-2 years.  However if you notice an odd smell or the color changes significantly, then it is time to toss!!!

Foundation6 months for the “pot” style and 1-2 year for the “pump” style.  But keep in mind that it is wise to change out your foundation if you do have it for a year or two.  Your skin will get use to the formula and it will be time to try something new!!

Lipstick2 years.  But if you notice a smell or color change it is time to toss. Also, it is smart to clean and wipe them off from time to time and spray them with a little bit of alcohol.

Make Up Brushes – Should be cleaned 1X per month.   Here is the best way to clean your brushes according to Elle magazine:

  1. 1.Squeeze a dollop of gentle shampoo into a glass/mug and fill with warm water
  2. 2.Swirl your brushes in the water and gently massage the bristles to further remove the gunk
  3. 3.Rinse with clean water and carefully squeeze the water out
  4. 4.Lay flat to dry

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