When to Let Go of Your Makeup

Ladies, we know how you love your makeup products but there’s always a time to let go of them. Expiration dates are not the only indicators of saying goodbye to your makeup products. A Professional Makeup Artist in DC knows the best time to say adieu. Here are a few reminders in determining how long you should keep your beauty products.

You don’t want to use makeup products with bacteria breeding on them. This can cause infection. Dry or solid makeup beauty products generally last longer than liquids like liquid foundation and liquid eyeliner. As a rule of the thumb, if the product’s color, smell or texture changes, or if it feels different when you apply it on your skin then get rid of it right away.

Liquid Foundation or Blush, Liquid Liner

Throw your liquid foundation or blush away six months after opening. Bacteria can quickly grow in beauty products containing water. You don’t want to have irritation or breakouts. Give your liquid liner two months then discard it.

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Powder Foundation or Blush

You can keep your powder foundation or blush for a good two years unless you feel texture changes or if they feel different on your skin.


Unlike shadows that last for only a year, you can keep your lipstick for a good two years. However, check the color and texture if it is not dried out yet. Long-wearing lipsticks for instance have ingredients that evaporate faster so their shelf life is shorter for only about 12 to 18 months. They won’t look creamy on your lips anymore after 18 months.

Eye and Lip Pencil

They can last for a year and sharpen them regularly.

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Since mascara is a liquid product, you can only keep it for three months even if it doesn’t start drying out or become clumpy. This keeps you away from the risk of getting bacteria on your eye area.

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Yes, we know it’s a product women generally keep for years but you should not keep it more than a year. If it is a cream shadow then keep it for nine months after opening. Your eye area is very sensitive, it is not worth the risk.

Learning to let go of your favorite makeup is not that hard. Remember you can always have a fresh new set of makeup that is friendly to your skin. To get more tips and trends from the Best Makeup Artist in Washington, DC

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