Ever noticed this little symbol on the back of your cosmetics and beauty products? If you have, chances are you haven't paid it much attention, but we want you to take a closer look. The number indicated is actually the advised shelf life of your product, and you might be surprised to find out how quickly these items need replaced, and what can happen if you don't.
Shelf Life Of Your Makeup Bag
Mascara: 2-3 months
Liquid, pencil or gel eyeliner: 4-6 months
When it comes to your eyes, don't take chances. Things like mascara that are in a moist environment can become a breeding ground for bacteria, causing infections in your sensitive eye area. And while we're on our soapbox, don't share these items either without properly sanitizing or using a clean applicator. Cooties aren't real, but germs are.
Cream, Liquid or Stick Foundations and Concealers: 4-6 months
Same as mascara, these moist products will eventually begin harboring germs and bacteria. When these products take on a different smell or consistency it's time to toss them immediately. One way to keep them usable longer is to keep them out of direct sunlight, which breaks down the preservatives in the products more quickly.
Powder, Eyeshadow & Blush: 2-3 years
These dry products fair much better against the elements and are worth the investment for high quality, long lasting makeup. Cleaning your brushes will keep your powder makeup fresher for longer (and not to mention greatly improve your complexion.)
Lipsticks, Gloss and Pencils: 1-2 years
Very liquid products like gloss should be tossed after a year, while more stick or cream based products can last you a little longer. When your lip products become hard to apply (dry, extra sticky, etc.) it's time to give them the boot.
Nail Polish: 1-2 years
This expiration date is mostly just for quality and ease of application. We've all experienced the extra goopy nail polish that is impossible to make look nice. You can purchase an inexpensive nail polish thinner to increase the longevity of your favorite bottles.
Moisturizers for Face and Body: 6 months-2 years
So this one is really broad, and will take a little work to figure out when it's time to replace your moisturizers. Lotions that are in a bottle with a pump are less susceptible to airborne bacteria and will last longer, while moisturizers in a jar or pot (that we stick our hands into everyday) can go bad much quicker. Pay attention to smell, consistency and feel and if you notice a change, say goodbye.
A Few Parting Do's and Don't
-Do store your products in a cool, dry place like a cabinet or drawer.
-Do wash your hands before using any product.
-Do clean your makeup brushes twice a month.
-Do toss out eye products after an eye infection.
-Don't store products in direct sunlight.
-Don't share your products with others.
-Don't remoisten any products.
-Don't "pump" your mascara.
Tyler Mason's Spring Makeup Showcase
With warmer weather right around the corner you're due to change up your makeup routine and we're betting after reading this, you don't want to use what you have from last year (seriously, don't). Join us for our biannual makeup event, the Spring Makeup Showcase. You'll meet one-on-one with a Tyler Mason makeup artist to create your spring makeup look, specific to your age and skin type, and pick out the new makeup to add to your bag (to replace everything you just threw away).
Appointments are $25 or free when you purchase $25 of TM Cosmetics. Call us at 317-271-3330 to schedule your appointment at our Spring Makeup Showcase.