I don’t know if you are like me but when a new year rolls around I really enjoy cleaning things out that I just never used in the previous year and organizing things, putting them where they go. Well today I’m going to tell you when to toss your old makeup…I know it’s hard to do, trust me I’m like the hoarder of all things beauty…hence my blog. But it’s gotta be done. Let’s get this thing started.
When To Toss Your Old Makeup:
// You are probably thinking that makeup and beauty products should last a long time because it’s not something we are digesting like food. But old makeup that sits on the skin can cause skin irritation and even infections…gross. And the lesser of the evils, the products just stop working as good as they used to. They can become gloppy or streaky when applied.
// You know how most food we buy at the grocery store has expiration dates on it telling us when to toss them. Well makeup and beauty products don’t really do that, but if you will notice some products have a little jar symbol/icon with a number inside…the number indicates how long it will last you after it has been opened. For my I typically just ballpark it, like if something isn’t working as well and I remember having it a long time…I toss it, even if it’s like my favorite makeup EVER. I would rather buy a new one than get a breakout or something..
// If you are super organized or OCD you can make a little chart of your products and when you should throw them away based on the number on the jar. Keep it where you apply your makeup and you are bound to never use old makeup. :)
Below is a list of products and how long they last after you’ve opened them. (This list is from PopSugar).
Mascara // 1 year
Foundation // 1 year
Concealer // 12-18 months
Powder // 18 months
Blush/Bronzer // 18 months
Cream Blush // 12-18 months
Eye shadow // 18 months
Eye liner // 18 months
Liquid Liner // 6 months
Lipstick/gloss // 18 months
Lip liner // 1 year
Nail Polish // 1 year
Makeup Sponges // 1 month after washing them after each use.
// Also use your own judgement… like for me I know good and well my Urban Decay original Naked palette is still in amazing shape, it’s not causing me to breakout and get eye infections and it’s still really pigmented and I’ve had it well over 18 months… So, I’m going to keep using it.
// This isn’t just for makeup though…the same rules apply for skincare, hair, and body products like lotions. Most of those will have the same jar symbol with a number inside as well. Que example below… It says to throw it out after 12 months, and honestly I’ve had this for about 3 years or so… and I never really used it. I kept it so long because I felt bad for not using it, and didn’t want to throw it out (it’s a vicious cycle).
This moisturizer used to be white…and it now smells foul. I know if I put that on my face, I would breakout. So I tossed it.
Do you throw away your makeup/beauty products regularly or keep them just because you love the product?