Thursday, October 27, 2016

Is It Time To Throw Away Your Makeup?


With Halloween happening on next Monday and being celebrated this weekend, Team TME thought that it was a good idea to remind our readers about the fact that makeup has expiration dates. This was brought to light for us when we were discussing this upcoming weekend's plans. Several fringe Team members where determined not to use their “good” makeup and were kind of bragging about the amount of “old” stuff that they could use for their costumes.

Expired makeup is a serious point of contention for our editor. And this is why … eight years ago she’d had a rather serious six-month ophthalmology ordeal due completely to the use of out-dated mascara. We’re not talking about 10-year old mascara, we’re talking about mascara that she’d had for about four months! However, the mascara had been purchased at a much earlier date leaving a huge question to how old it truly was. So yes, she was a makeup hoarder … with multiple closets filled with every conceivable beauty product one can think of. She has long since been cured of her eye issue and her cosmetics hoarding!

Although her ordeal happened long ago, due to the hundreds of products that Team TME reviews it is never far from any of our minds … she’s always reminding us … and now we’re reminding you. Yes cosmetics can be expensive, but all cosmetics have a shelf life! The bottom line is that cosmetics are developed to last about a year. However, since makeup comes in contact with germ-prone areas like your eyes, mouth and fingers -- contamination can occur at any time. First rule of disposal … if a product has changed color, consistency, or has a bad odor, throw it away!

The Makeup Examiner’s Guidelines For Cosmetics’ Expirations:

Foundations and Concealers can last up to a year if you keep your fingers away from the bottle. Opt to use a makeup brush or sponge for application. But think about it, do you use the same shade all-year round? Probably not. Therefore, by the time you come back to the shade that you use for summer, it’s going to be expired/contaminated!

Finishing Powders usually have a 2-year shelf life, but no matter TME has yet to meet a woman who doesn’t do the “double-dip” with loose powders and that compact that you’ve been carrying in your purse for “touch-ups” … needs to go. 

Pencil Eyeliner and Lip Liner can last several years, but you need to sharpen them before each use, especially lip liner since it comes into contact with your mouth. This of course goes to the same theory as foundation, as you’re most likely not sporting the same shades all-year long.

Lipstick and Lip Gloss can last up to a year, but always throw away any lip product if you’ve been sick. This includes lip balm.

Mascara and Liquid Eyeliner should be thrown out after three months. The tubes for these products are a breeding ground for bacteria. And never “pump” your mascara wand into the tube! If you need to “pump” the wand, you need to but new mascara!

Eyeshadow, despite the fact that it’s usually made of a similar formulation to other powders, eyeshadow is constantly in contact with your eye area and therefore giving to a greater risk of transferring bacteria back and forth, so dispose of eyeshadow after three months.

Cleansers and Moisturizers often contain fatty acids, which can turn rancid. Dispose of them after six months.

Nail Polish is probably the one beauty product that won’t necessarily go bad due to bacteria, but nail polish will eventually go bad. If you see a separation of lacquer and pigment, it’s time to say bye-bye.

Professional Tips: 

  • Purchase Dates – To keep track of the purchase date, grab a sharpie and write it on the product! 
  • Do Not Share Your Makeup!

As a general rule, for contamination prevention and better overall cosmetic application use a blender or makeup brush to apply your cosmetics. Regarding the tools that you use; dry product makeup brushes should be washed once per week, wet product makeup brushes (like foundation and lip brushes) after each use, and invest in disposable makeup sponges. If you don’t know the proper way to clean your makeup brushes, check out “How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes”. If you’re bummed out at the prospect of disposing of your favorite cosmetic, keep in mind that nothing is worth risking your health for and cleaning out your makeup bag makes room for brand new splendid fall/winter shades!

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