Saturday, December 4, 2010
Ask QuaniChic: When Do I Throw Away My Makeup???
Today's post is going to be about how to tell if your makeup has gone bad and when you need to THROW IT OUT. Yes..I know we all like to hold on to makeup, myself included, or we buy so much makeup that we may only use it a few times and think that it is still good. Well here are a few general guidelines for your makeup....
MASCARA: 3-6 months, once you use the wand and put it back into the tube....your mascara
becomes a breeding ground for germs
FOUNDATION: dry foundation 18 months, liquid 12 months....if u notice any separation in your
liquid foundation before 12 months....THROW IT OUT
EYE SHADOW: cream 12 months, dry 24 months
LIPSTICK: 1 year
BLUSH: dry 2 years, cream 6 months
EYELINERS: pencil 2 years, wet 6 months
NAIL POLISH: 1 year, or as soon as you see separation in the bottle
MAKEUP SPONGES: ONE MONTH....sponges are bacteria breeding grounds....NO EXCEPTIONS!
MAKEUP BRUSHES: two years. Now keep in mind the maintenance and quality of your brushes
can GREATLY effect this time line. This is just a general time period.
ANYTIME you notice a change in texture or smell in your cosmetics...I recommend that they be thrown out.
It is rare, but medical cases have been reported for cosmetic contamination causing irritations, infections, and in extreme cases, blindness (conjunctivitis, eye infection). If you suspect an eye infection, throw out the eye makeup that you’ve been using. Avoid eye makeup altogether for a week or two. If you noticed any change in eye vision, especially blurred vision, pain, or unusual discharge in the eye, consult a physician.
Here is a helpful tip to help keep track of you makeup expiration dates....
You can buy the little white labels (stickers used for pricing) at any local store in the stationary department....put the label on your cosmetics and mark the date when opened...and using the chart above mark the date when it needs to be thrown away.
Be sure to store your cosmetics in a cool, dry place outside the bathroom to extend their shelf life.