We get that makeup is hella expensive, but this doesn’t mean you should hoard beauty products beyond their expiration dates. Just think of the amount of bacteria that’s accumulated inside your liquid liners, mascaras and foundations over the years, and you’re just transferring these right onto your face. If you’ve recently had a sudden breakout or an eye infection, you never know, your makeup products could have caused them.
How can you tell if your beauty products have reached their ‘best before’ date?
Cream lipsticks become really hard and dry when they’re old, which often makes it difficult to apply them and get a little colour onto your lips.
You’ll know a lip gloss has gone bad when it becomes a straight-up, globby mess. When added over lipstick, you’ll probably notice it shift and smear your lip colour quite a lot, and it’ll also feel uncomfortably sticky on your skin.
Like lip gloss, nail polish will become very thick in texture and will be a lot harder to paint and dry. If your nail polish applies in gooey, chunky and uneven layers that smudge easily, or if there’s a layer of ‘oil’ floating at the top of the bottle, it’s time for you to chuck it in the bin.
If your beauty sponge begins to lose its colour, rip around the edges and develop an unusual stench, these are usually signs that it’s time to replace it.
Mascara and liquid liners
If you want to avoid developing an infection like pinkeye, you should seriously consider buying a brand new mascara at least every two months. If not, your old mascara ‘will (begin to form) a distinct gasoline-like smell once it’s gone bad’ (Allure.com) Liquid liners will likely develop the same smell, as these formulas are quite similar to mascara. Also, another tip, NEVER share your eye makeup. Infections can spread so easily this way.
Foundations should be thrown out at least every 8 months, especially if they’re liquid formulas as bacteria live for moist and dewy spaces like the inside of your foundation bottle. Defining signs that your foundation’s gone wrong? A change in its colour according to Allure.com, as well as an unusual smell that initially wasn’t there.
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