By now we've all done a little Spring cleaning around the house. But have you taken a look inside your cosmetic bag? If not, it's time!
Makeup doesn't last forever. Water based products breed bacteria fastest but powders last the longest. So, if the nail polish has separated, the foundation is gooey, and the mascara is funky, then it's time to be tossed! Here are some guidelines to ensure you won't suffer any rashes or reactions to makeup gone bad:
Mascara: 3 months
Pencil Eyeliner/Lip Liner: Up to 12 months +
Liquid Concealer & Foundation: 9 to 12 months
Stick Concealer & Foundation: Up to 12 months +
Lipstick/Lip Gloss: 12 months +
Powders (Eye Shadow, Blush, Pressed): 18 months +
Creams (Eye Shadows/Blush): 12 months
Primer: Up to 12 months
Nail Polish: 18 months +
Cleanser: 12 months
Exfoliators: Up to 9 months
Moisturizers: Up to 12 months
Anti-Aging Treatments: 9 months +
Sunscreen -- 12 months
*NOTE: Any product that dries out or changes textures should be discarded.
Makeup Brushes: Up to 3 years. Washing regularly with mild detergent prevents shedding. Use a brush cleaner or Dawn Dish Washing Liquid (per celebrity makeup artist, Sam Fine). Replace as needed.
Blending Sponges: Wash at least once per week. Replace every month.
Always store makeup in a cool dry place and carry in pretty cases like the ones showcased at Nordstrom.com.