Spring Cleaning for Your Beauty Bag

A girl’s beauty bag is a deep ocean of secrets and digging through it can be a walk down memory lane. From the perfect plum lipstick you bought for your first date with Mr. Not-So-Right to the pink glitter eye shadow that you thought was the epitome of chic on prom night (admit it, you’re still hauling it around four years later), there’s no telling what you’ll find hiding in the bottom of your makeup bag. And though all of your beauty products are unique and great in their own way, sometimes you just have to realize that it’s time to move on. Though no one ever seems to talk about it, makeup does expire and you definitely don’t want to put something outdated on your face, where it’s likely to cause acne or blemishes.

So, while you’re clearing out your closets and cabinets this spring, why not rummage through your faithful makeup bag and purge yourself of the cracked eye shadows and clumpy mascaras? Just think of it as making room for something new! Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to how long to hold onto your makeup.

Liquid concealers and foundations are among the easiest things to identify as going bad. They commonly begin to separate or start to look extremely greasy. Common sense tells us not to put anything greasy on our faces, but if you’re not sure, a good rule of thumb is not to keep them more than one year.

Powders have a slightly longer shelf life. You can use them for at least two years, sometimes up to three, without experiencing any adverse effects. Lip glosses generally last about one year, lipsticks two years. If either lipstick or lip gloss starts to give off any sort of odor, it’s time to throw it out.  Mascara is one of the beauty items with the shortest shelf life. It expires within 6-12 months of being opened, but if it gets clumpy before that, you’ll want to toss it.

Finally, lotions and fragrances have the longest shelf lives of all. You can expect lotions to typically last for about two years. Depending on its ingredients, though, you may notice a change in the consistency of lotion after about one year, in which case, it’s best to go ahead and throw it out. Perfumes will generally be wearable for almost a decade, but, to make them last longest, be sure to store them in a cool, dark place.


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