i bet we all have about 3-4 items in our make-up bag that have been there for way too long. we either sometimes use it or swear we'll use it one day. well I'm declaring today "national clean out your make-up bag day." it's time to let go and replace because make-up does have a shelf life. and if you're having a hard time parting with that old mascara that you're keeping for whatever reason consider throwing it away as a good excuse to go make-up shopping. i'll definitely be cleaning mine out today.
courtesy of julyne derrick over at about.com, i'm sharing a list of the shelf life of our favorite make-up products.
concealer: up to 12 months
powder: 2 years
cream & gel cleansers: 1 year
pencil eye liner: sharpen regularly. will last up to 3 years
eyeshadow: up to 3 years
sponges: wash weekly and discard monthly
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 it's expiration date, add a few drops of alcohol-free toner and shake to mix it in. you won't need to do this to oil-based foundations. because they contain oil, they will tend to separate; you just have to shake it.
brushes: wash every 2-3 months in a mild detergent
lip liner: up to 3 years.
lipstick: some experts say 1-2 years; others say up to 4 years. if it stinks, throw it out! it's spoiled.
mascara: mascara expires the fastest! throw out after 4 months. to keep it from expiring too soon, don't pump the wand in and out. this exposes it to drying air.
nail polish: up to 12 months, depending on the quality. i am definitely guilty of holding on to nail polish way too long. like i'll probably never wear that bright orange polish that I bought a year ago. why do i still have it?