Is Your Make-Up Past It’s Use By Date?

Make-up might look fine, but it has a use-by date, unfortunately it is not printed on the label.

Every six months it is a good idea to have a clean out and update items that have been there for too long.


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Make up can be a breeding ground for bacteria. This can lead to eye infections, pimple formation and inflammation.

Use the following guidelines to help guide you. These dates apply from when you start using the product.

Mascara –  3 to 4 months.

Lipstick and Lipgloss – 1 to 2 years.

Concealer – 6 to 12 months.

Foundation – 1 year.

Powder – 2 years.

Eye shadow (powder) – 2 years.

Eye shadow (cream) – 12 months.

Eye and Lip pencils – 1 to 2 years.

To help keep your make-up as fresh as possible, clean your tools regularly.

Make-up sponges and brushes should be cleaned weekly with a little shampoo mixed in warm water. Gentle swirl until all make-up is removed, rinse in warm water. Dip in a little white vinegar to santise. Give them a final rinse under warm water. Allow to air dry completely.

Before applying make-up, wash your hands or use hand sanitser. Using a cotton bud, rather than your finger when using pots of shadow can keep them fresher longer. Try not to share make-up with others, sharing germs is taking friendship a bit to far.

When was the last time you replaced your make-up?