Marie Claire magazine has some helpful bathroom uncluttering tips in their article “Has Your Makeup Expired?“:
“Like food, makeup has an expiration date, and over time cosmetics can harbor harmful bacteria that can lead to infections,” states Dr. David Schlessinger, a board-certified oculoplastic surgeon and ophthalmologist, and medical director of Schlessinger Eye & Face. “The risks are multiplied when these products are shared among friends.”
Check out the dates below and find out when you should toss your makeup stash.
Expiration dates — beginning from the time you first open these products
- Powders and shadows: 2 years
- Cream shadows: 12 to 18 months
- Foundation: 1 year
- Lipstick & lipliner: 1 year
- Mascara & eyeliners: 3 months
- Makeup brushes: Clean weekly using a mild detergent
- Makeup sponges: Replace weekly, or when sponge becomes soiled
My makeup case is full of things that belong in the trash (eye shadows, especially). I’m going to go and immediately take care of this potential bacterial hazard.