If you've got a collection of blushes, glosses and eye pencils lurking in your makeup drawer, it's time to do a bit of spring cleaning to ensure you're using products that are in tip-top shape. Here are a few helpful pointers to take into consideration when weeding through your products:
- The long term: Most loose powders, eye shadows and blushes are good for up to two years. Keeping powdered makeup in a cool, dry place keeps them useable for as long as possible.
- The short term: Cream-based makeups, such as foundations, shadows and blushes, are safe to use for up to a year, but then should be replaced with new products. Oil-free foundations and concealers also have a shelf life of 12 to 18 months.
- Lip love: Most lipsticks and glosses stay wonderfully creamy for up to a year, but then begin to break down or separate.
- Eye care: Because eye pencils are regularly sharpened, they are safe for up to two years, but pot liners should be replaced every few months. Treat your lashes to new mascara every three months to keep bacteria away from your peepers.