Still keeping loads of “year-old” or “remember-when” makeup in your kit? If so, get your sniffer to work. That older makeup may cause break-outs, dermatitis or eye infections states Consumer Affairs. And here’s where your sniffer comes into play-
If you are unsure if your makeup item has passed it’s expiration date, open it, and give it a nice strong whiff. Smell funky, rancid or otherwise strange? If so, time to chuck it and replace. Don’t chance causing yourself an infection or trip to the doc for some foundation that could be easily replaced.
- Eye Make-up: 3 months since the spread of bacteria is so easy. You can extend this a bit by chucking those teeny eye shadow applicators and use your own shadow brushes. BUT BE SURE to wash your brushes at least weekly!
- Foundation: A water-based foundation will last up to 12 months, oil-based will last up to 18 months. If your water-based foundation dries out before its expiration date, simply add a few drops of alcohol-free toner and shake to mix it in.
- Lipstick: Experts say 1-2 years. Others say up to 4 years. What everyone agrees on is that if it smells rancid, throw it out, it’s spoiled. Extra tip: If you store lipstick in the refrigerator, it will last longer.
- Mascara: This product expires rapidly: Throw out after 4 months. Extra tip: If you don’t want your mascara to expire faster than its fresh date, don’t pump the wand in and out — you’re only exposing the product to drying air.