Mascara has the shortest lifespan of all makeup because it not only dries out but also because it’s applied on the eyelashes, very close to your eyes.
Even if your mascara or eyeliner smells just fine,change every three to four months to prevent getting eye infection.
If your mascara smells less than fresh, throw it away. It will have a vaguely cosmetic scent and that’s okay but if it has a strong alcohol scent, just throw away.
Lipstick however lasts long before getting spoilt.
Lipstick, if it smells and looks just fine, can last up to two years but if it looks and feels dry or has just changed in texture, throw it out.
If possible, buy foundation in packages with very small openings. The less you touch the actual product, the better. Bottles with wide mouths allow you to touch the inside of the bottle where the unused foundation is, possibly spreading bacteria and shortening the life of your makeup.
You can keep it for like two years but if the colour changes, the formula separates or it has a funky odour, it’s time to buy a new bottle.
BLUSH, EYESHADOW AND OTHER FACE POWDERS
If you keep your makeup brushes clean, you have less chances of breaking out or getting infections.
You can keep your powder for like two years but if the powder has gone dry and flaky or it has a greyish film over the top or it smells, dispose it.
You might think that nail polish lasts forever and that even, thick, separating polish can be fixed with a little nail polish remover but that’s not the case. If you want to extend the life of a favourite polish, invest in nail polish thinner, which is different from remover. Remover will only further deteriorate your polish since that’s what it’s meant to do.
You can keep a nail polish for two years or more but if the polish has changed in texture, colour or separates, dispose it.
PENCIL EYELINER AND LIPLINER
Your liners generally go near your eyes, so carefulness should be employed when handling such areas. The beauty about pencils is that they can be sharpened regularly.
You can keep your pencil for up to three years. Remember to change if the texture or scent changes.