Monday Beauty Tip #19: Spring-Clean Your Makeup Bag

It’s almost May, so it’s time for a little Spring cleaning – of your makeup bag. As expired cosmetics can cause skin irritation and eye infections, it’s important to replace them before they turn bad. Cosmetics aren’t required to have an expiration date on their packaging,  instead you’ll have to keep track of when you opened them. Most products have a jar symbol, in which the number signifies the number of months you have until the item is no longer usable. The moment you open a new tube of mascara the clock starts ticking.

Keeping old makeup is unsanitary and even potentially dangerous for your health. In general, always toss anything that has changed color or consistency or has a bad odor. This is how long the different products usually will last before they should be tossed away:

Mascara: Every 3-4 months
Liquid Eyeliner: 6 months
Liquid Foundation: One year
Concealer: 12-18 months
Eye Shadow, Blush, Powders: 2-3 years
Lipstick, Lip Gloss, Balm: 18 months
Eye Liner: 18 months
Nail Polish: One year

My beauty tip: Store cosmetics in a cool, dry place outside the bathroom to extend their shelf life. :)

Hanne Sagstuen

Norwegian New Yorker Hanne Sagstuen a fashion model, art director and editor in chief. Beautylovin is the website where she shares her take on life, travel, beauty and everything in between.

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  1. WaxWhiteRose

    There’s no need to throw powder products like eyeshadow or blush away. You can sanitize those things with special cleansers or rubbing alcohol

  2. Adèle

    Thanks for the post sweetie :) I just came back from Germany where I found Essie nail polishes, for 7€ only ! “Tart Deco” and “Chubby Cheeks”, especially for summer ! I was at an institute Sothys to realize my first face care.. amazing !
    I were also at the store Mac on Galeries Lafayette in Strasbourg, it was actually really hard to search a perfect lipstick (i wanted in the same shade of my lips)

    But my lips are soo rosy dark, and we told me that I’ve got warm shade on my face (redhair, dark lips), and that to take a pink lipstick will be horrible..

    Angel, Hue, were extremely pale on me. Last but not at least, my favorite was perfect on my lips : LOVELORN. I wouldn’t be able to buy it I didn’t see it on your super blog !
    I’m sooo glad to read you everyday ! xoxo :)

    1. Author

      Thank you Angelica! :) Hehe yes it is easy to forget what you have in your makeup bag! :p

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