Your makeup’s lifespan: When it’s time to throw them away

How long since the list time you pulled out from your makeup storage and used your seasonal lipstick shade? Let’s also not forget when’s the last time you bought yourself a new set of brushes.

We understand your admiration for that plum lipstick but leaving it sitting unused for quite a long time calls for it to go down the wastebasket. We know it’s heart-wrenching but it has to be done. You’ll tell with the consistency of the product when it needs to go.

No matter how much you spent to purchase these items, it’s got to go when it needs to go. Even your makeup bag needs spring cleaning!


Lifespan: One year

Lipsticks are not as prone to formula spoiling since it doesn’t contain water. However, it contains oily substances that makes the formula run dry over time. This results to uneven application and creates that waxy, unpleasant texture and bad smell.

Also, since you apply this to your mouth from time to time even in your ill-stricken days, it will then pick up bacteria and other particles that can diminish the formula.

Just remember, if your lipstick gets hard and can no longer spread the pigment; and your lip gloss feels gobby when applied, it’s past its prime.


Lifespan: Two to three months

This is the makeup product you need to keep an eye on. You see, as you pump the mascara wand, take it out, apply and put back in the tube, it collects germs as it drags air and picks up bacteria through the whole process.

You’ll know when it’s gotten too much bacteria if it starts to cause you itchiness, redness and even conjunctivitis. You don’t want it happening before you replace the product, do you?

It’s time to throw it away and buy yourself a new one when the mascara gets clumpy, flaky, dried out and off-putting smell.

Eye shadow

Lifespan: One to two years

Good news: powder eye shadows last for years. Bad news: except for cream shadows.

Contaminated eye shadows may cause itchiness and redness. This happens due to all the bacteria the palette consumes along with the combination of possibly dirty brushes. Cream shadows are easier to get contaminated and grow bacteria quickly than powder shadows.

Spray your eye shadow palette with a mist of alcohol to minimize bacteria growth and extend its shelf life.

When it seems to crumble, dry out and lose its pigmentation, it’s probably time to switch to a new palette.

Liquid foundation and concealer

Lifespan: 6 to 12 months

Concealing blemishes and dark spot are great. These products to cause breakouts and irritation? Not at all!

Water-based products and them being a liquid in form means bacterias love to live in them. Keep these liquid products in a room temperature space — not in the bathroom and warm environments. You don’t want to speed up the spoiling and growth of bacterias in there — applies to all beauty products as well.

If the solution starts separating and is becoming watery, toss it out.

Powders (includes blushes, foundation, bronzers)

Lifespan: One to two years

Powder based products last longer than its liquid counterparts. In fact, powder solutions have the longest lifespan among any other products in your makeup bag.

Still, you need to keep an eagle-eye with the list of ingredients. If the solution contains any water, let’s stay safe and keep the life expectancy to one year.

If it becomes too chalky and similarly with eye shadow, lost its pigmentation, find a replacement.


Pencil eyeliner

Lifespan: Two years

Pencil eyeliner users, rejoice! It’s the longest lasting liner in your makeup bag. Lip liners last for a year, another good news. The reason behind it is because you sharpen it which then removes the filthy surface layer. That being said, do sanitize your sharpener regularly with alcohol.

Liquid and gel eyeliner

Lifespan: 2 to 4 months

You already know by now that liquid-based formulas have shorter shelf lives. With a lifespan as short as a mascara, you should keep track of its consistency. If it’s no longer smooth in application, time to shoot it down the bin.


Lifespan: When the bristles fall out and seem fray, time to find replacement

You’ll know when your brushes have outlived its lifespan. When it’s taken care; washed regularly (once or twice a week with a brush cleaner and cleanser) and stored nicely, good quality brushes may last a year or more.

If it doesn’t apply your makeup smoothly and it causes irritation, you know what to do.


Lifespan: If it starts to fall apart and smell like dirt, toss it out

If you use sponges religiously without cleaning them after, expect it to fall out in a few weeks. If it’s permanently stained with your foundation, concealer and other makeup solutions, these are signs that shouldn’t be ignored.

Wash after every single time you use them or if you’re too busy to do so, once or twice a week will do.

Now, take a look at your makeup bag, do an inventory and start purging!

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