Make-up lasts a long time, but not forever… have you every wondered about the shelf life of your pile of make-up?
We are all guilty of having piles of make-up in our drawers or cosmetic bags that we sometimes use, can’t remember buying, but keep just in case!
Here is a quick guide on the shelf life of our much loved cosmetics. It may actually surprise you!
Blush (Powder) 2 years
Blush (Cream) 12 to 18 months
Bronzer up to 2 years
Concealer up to 12 months
Eye Liner (Pencil) up to 3 years
Eye Liner (Liquid) up to 6 months
Eyeshadow (Cream) 12 to 18 months
Eyeshadow (Powder) 2 years
Foundation (Water-based) 12 months
Foundation (Oil-based) up to 18 months
Foundation (Compact) up to 18 months
Lip Gloss up to 2 years
Lip Liner up to 3 years
Lipstick 2 to 4 years
Mascara throw out after 3 months
Nail Polish up to 3 years
Perfume 2 years after opening
Powder 2 years
Brushes: Your make up brushes will last years. Wash every 1 – 2 weeks in a mild detergent and let them air dry. If you take care of them you’ll never have to throw them out!
Make up Sponges: Wash weekly and discard monthly
Sharpen your eye pencils regularly.
If you store lipsticks in the refrigerator, they will last up to 2 years longer.
With your favourite nail polishes once the drying agent has separated from the colour toss it out! No amount of shaking will resurrect it.