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Is that makeup still good to use?

by Payal Upase

We all have a hard time parting with our makeup products. However, an expired makeup product does us more harm than good. Payal Upase is here to enlighten us on when is the right to chuck that makeup product in the trash

Makeup is super expensive! Maybe that is one of the reasons we have a hard time parting with them, even after they have expired. Is the damage that expired makeup does to us really worth holding on to that one perfect nude lipstick?

Keeping old products can expose us to harmful toxins and cause serious health problems, which is why we’ve collated an in-depth guide for you about when it’s time to bin your beauty buys.

Foundation and Concealer
The life of your foundation depends on its ingredients. A water-based product will last up to 12 months, while oil-based foundations will make it to 18 months. When the oils rise to the top and the consistency thickens, which means that your foundation will create an uneven, streaky and inconsistent finish. This is a clear sign of getting rid of your beloved foundation and concealer.

Blusher, Bronzer and Face Powder
The recommended time to keep powder products is 18 months. Powder products don’t contain water, so it’s harder to make bacteria grow. Oils will cling to the bristles of your brush and transfer to your product when applying powder over liquid or cream face products, which causes a dull grey film on the product. 

Mascara
Three months with everyday use and six months with occasional use. Wet environments harbour bacteria, which is why our most-loved beauty product has such a short expiration period. Bacteria also naturally exist on our eyelashes and these germs are transferred from our eyes to our wands and into the mascara tube. 

Eyeliner
Three months to three years. Liquid eyeliners have the same bacteria-prone formula and packaging as mascaras, whereas pencil eyeliners have greater lasting power because as you sharpen them you remove bacteria that you pick up from using it on your eyes. If a white film that can’t be sharpened off develops on your eyeliner, replace it with a brand new one. 

Lipstick and Lipgloss
Lipstick doesn’t hold much bacteria, so it can last between 12 – 18 months. Although lipstick and gloss are packed with preservatives such as parabens, essential oils and vitamins to ward off germs, these naturally start to break down after a year. If you are a makeup artist sanitizing your lipstick tips is a must between clients.

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