After posting that, I went to check my yahoo mail and saw that they were featuring an article on makeup expiration. I literally threw my hands in the air and screamed out "yesss!" (I'm such a dork)...
I know I could've looked it up before but I saw it as a sign and decided to read the article and blog about it. If you're interested in reading the whole article, you can click HERE.
♦MASCARA: change it every 2-3 months
♦LIQUID FOUNDATION: change it every 6-12 months//keep out of moist environments (i.e. bathroom)
♦CONCEALER: [Powder & Stick] up to 2 years [Liquid] change after 1 year
♦FACE POWDER: up to 2 years
♦BLUSH: [Cream] replace after 1 year [Powder] up to 2 years
♦EYE SHADOW: change after 3 months :o(
♦EYELINER: change after 3 months :o(
♦LIPSTICK & LIPGLOSS: change after 1 year
The article also briefly explains that once your nail polish begins to separate and become clumpy that it's time to toss it out...but we all know that already. It also mentioned to thoroughly clean makeup brushes and applicators every two weeks and to store them upright (which I'm pretty sure most of us do). This will prevent them from growing bacteria and will allow them to last longer.
As you can see from the breakdown, I was very upset to find out that eye shadows and eyeliners should be thrown out after 3 months. If you clean your brushes after every use, the eyeshadows will accumulate less bacteria and will last a little longer and if you sharpen your eyeliner pencils often, they will be good for a little longer too. I think I will do a couple of things to make sure I get the most out of my makeup:
1-buy stickers that I can easily stick to my makeup to know when they will expire.
2-buy more travel size products (i.e. eyeliners, etc.) and use those instead, since the full size is recommended to be thrown out after 3 months.
To be completely honest however, I will probably continue to use a lot of my makeup well after the expiration date. (As long as it still looks like it's in good condition of course). I don't have a huge makeup collection, but I think you would have to have a really small one to use ALL of your products before they expire. I mean eye shadows alone cannot all be used in three months, especially if you have palettes full.
I can go on and on, but I think I've given you all enough to read. (:
What are some things you guys do to make sure you get the most out of your makeup or to make it last longer? Any tips?