How to Extend the Life of Your Makeup: 4 Tips

21 August, 2020
The internet is full of questionable and baseless techniques that claim to extend the life of your makeup. But when it boils down to it, it's all a matter of proper storage, paying attention to expiration, and, above all, practicing good hygiene.

Once you invest in good quality makeup, you want it to last forever. However, if you leave it untouched for a while, when you come back to it, it may not be in good condition anymore. With that in mind, we want to offer 4 effective tips on how to extend the life of your makeup.

Makeup

It’s normal for makeup to go bad with time. That’s because we don’t often put much thought into how we store our makeup. Rather, we just throw into a cosmetics bag or drawer in the bathroom. However, as a result, when you come back to use it, your makeup might not be in such great shape anymore–even if you just bought it.

At the same time, you need to be careful and realize that makeup that’s not in good condition can cause damage to your skin. With that in mind, prevention is the best medicine.

So, keep the following 4 tips in mind if you want to extend the life of your makeup.

The expiration and shelf life of your makeup

The expiration date on a can.
Believe it or not, cosmetics have an expiration date that you should strictly adhere to.

First of all, you should understand that cosmetics and makeup, just like foods, have an expiration dateTherefore, when you purchase these products, you need to take note of how long they last. Indeed, it’s not just a question of the pigments and the quality of the makeup decreasing. Using makeup that’s past its expiration date can lead to rashes, itching, and eye infections.

Such is the case, for example, with moist products like eyelash mascara. Mascara tubes are the ideal environment for the proliferation of bacteria. Therefore, it’s much better to throw makeup away once it reaches its expiration date, even if everything appears to be okay.

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Store your makeup properly

Most people tend to store their makeup in the same place: The bathroom. Also, many people throw their makeup in their purse in order to have it on hand throughout the day.

However, if you take the time to read the labels on your makeup, you’ll find that you’re supposed to store in a cool, dry place. Therefore, the bathroom is that last place you should be leaving your cosmetics.

Rather, you’re much better off keeping these products somewhere else, such as your bedroom. Make sure to close them tightly and pay attention to the recommendation about keeping them somewhere cool and dry. In other words, store them away from moisture and humidity.

At the same time, if you tend to toss your makeup into your purse, then you run a good chance of the container opening accidentally.As a result, the contents don’t just stain your purse, they get all over ever everything inside. Your makeup breaks into pieces, mixes together and becomes ruined.

Therefore, it’s best to put your makeup in a cosmetic bag, separate from other items before putting it in your purse.

Practice hygiene when handling your makeup

Wash your hands.
Before using your makeup, wash your hands to keep from contaminating the products. This will help extend the life of your makeup.

In order to make the most of your makeup before it expires, you need to practice proper hygiene when handling it. Indeed, if you don’t follow certain guidelines, your makeup could get full of bacteria and go bad long before it should.

So, keep the following in mind:

  • Never share your makeup with anyone else. If you do, be sure to use individual brushes, applicators, etc.
  • Use applicators, sponges, and brushes whenever possible. What’s more, replace and wash these items periodically.
  • Avoid using your hands. If you do, wash your hands first.
  • Don’t put your cosmetics into different containers. Normally, manufacturers use a specific container that’s perfectly compatible with the chemicals in the product.

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Learn more about the shelf life of your makeup

Every product has it’s own shelf life. Following the above advice regarding storage and hygiene, you can maximize this time period:

  • Foundations, eye shadows, and concealers usually last around 2 years.
  • Eyelash mascara is one of the most sensitive products. Therefore, you should replace it every three or four months.
  • Lipstick, on the other hand, can last for up to three years.
  • Brushes and wands should be cleaned regularly. Obviously, makeup applicators don’t have an expiration date. However, it’s important to apply certain hygiene guidelines, such as washing them with soap and water after each use. What’s more, you should disinfect them periodically. And, of course, make sure to allow them to dry properly to keep humidity from building up.

In conclusion, if you notice that your makeup is breaking, smells bad, is getting dry, or has a different texture, you should throw it away. Indeed, it’s best to keep certain factors in mind when you purchase makeup, such as the expiration date and shelf life.

Then, make sure you store it correctly and practice proper hygiene when handling your cosmetics. That may, you’ll be able to make the most of your makeup.

  • Agencia Española de Medicamentos y Productos Sanitarios (AEMPS). (2012). Garantías sanitarias de los productos cosméticos. Retrieved May 18, 2019, from https://www.aemps.gob.es/informa/notasInformativas/cosmeticosHigiene/2012/COS_06-2012.htm
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