How Long Does Makeup Last?
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How Long Does Makeup Last?

Posted on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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MakeupDid you know that the makeup you use has an expiration date? Ideally, you will want to use up all of your makeup before it expires. You can save money on makeup if you plan ahead and only buy what you realistically can use up before the expiration date.

Why does makeup have an expiration date?
There are two main reasons why makeup has an expiration date. One reason is because it is possible for makeup to gather (and grow) bacteria after it has been used. At some point, the amount of bacteria could make you sick. The other reason is because the ingredients that are in the makeup can break down, or separate, over time.

How do I find the expiration date?
Some companies are really good about making the expiration date easy to find. They print it on the packaging. The letter M means “month” and the letter Y means “year”. If you find a 3M, it indicates that the makeup will last for 3 months. The problem is that not all companies will put an expiration date on their makeup. Technically, they are not required to do so.

How long does makeup last?

* Mascara – 2 to 3 months
Tips: Do not share mascara! Doing so will spread germs (and potentially cause an infection). Throw away the mascara as soon as it gets clumpy or smells bad.

* Eyeshadow – 3 to 6 months
Make cracked eyeshadow last longer by putting it back in the palette, adding a few drops of rubbing alcohol, and pressing the powder back into place with a spoon.

* Liquid Foundation – 6 to 12 months
If the pigments and oils have become separated it is a sign that you should throw it away. You can make foundation last longer if you apply it with a makeup sponge (instead of with your fingers).

* Eyeliner – Up to 1 year
Toss out the eyeliner if you notice that it is starting to turn white. You can make eyeliner last longer if you store it upright (in a vase, glass, or other container). That way, the tip doesn’t come in contact with bacteria. Avoid lining the inner corner of your eyes, and you can prevent getting “pink eye” from an eyeliner that came in contact with bacteria.

* Lipstick and Lip Gloss – Up to 1 year
Throw it away if it has a strange smell, has a poor application texture, or an oily film on the top. Store lipstick and lip gloss in the refrigerator during the summer. Humidity can cause the pigments to break down.

* Nail Polish – Up to 1 year
You can make nail polish last a bit longer if you add a few drops of acetone nail polish remover to it. That should break up the “clumps” that form. Throw it away if it starts to smell funny. That’s a sign that it has bacteria.

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