The Care & Keeping of Cosmetics
Makeup Artist Kendra Stanton stopped by with tips to help us extend the life of our cosmetics....and to tell us when it's time to toss them in the trash.
For more information from Kendra, check out her blog, Citizens of Beauty.
The Care and Keeping of Cosmetics:
Most products have preservatives in them to help with longevity, because the moment you open a product and air get’s to them, is the moment your product can start to oxidize and its integrity degrade. Water based product tend to go bad the quickest due to their bacteria-breading environment, so be aware of that as you look at your labels. Also- if your product is preservative free- you should note that these usually go much quicker than the time-lines I am posting below.
Basic Tossing Time Frames:
Mascaras, liquid and gel eyeliners - Due to the fact that these ingredients are stored in a dark environment plus has bacteria from your eye and from the air being pumped into it, you should toss this every 3 months. Never add anything to get more out of the bottle, and definitely toss if it is dry. Never share this product with anyone unless you plan on tossing is sooner. If you have an eye infection, you need to toss this product immediately.
Foundations/Concealers - These can usually last between 6-12 months, if they are stored in a pump like container they are not bound to get as much oxygen so they will last towards the 12 months period. If you are constantly touching the inside of the bottle with your fingers or a foundation brush, you are just adding more bacteria to the product and it will go bad quicker.
Eye/Lip Pencils - I have definitely purchased an eye pencil before only to notice that it was dry and discolored in places. It had probably been on the shelves for a while. You should keep these items between 2-3 years, and if you purchase something and it looks like that, take it back!
Lipstick and lip-glosses - This is the typical item for me to forget about tossing because they are so seasonal and I am a lipstick addict. But they should be tossed every 2-3 years, and will probably smell kind of rancid if kept for longer.
Powder Based Products - 2-3 years also is the recommended time frame for powder-based items including eyeshadows, blushes, powders etc. If they have jojoba oil as an ingredient, the little amount of water will probably evaporate and leave a bit more of a crumble consistency. However, these shouldn’t be to much of a worry for bacteria growth.
How to Make Products Last Longer: