A woman wears makeup to highlight her best features and sometimes hide small flaws. Makeup should never contribute to flaws or skin issues, so it’s critical that a woman clean out her makeup collection on a regular basis by removing items past recommended use dates, items she no longer uses, or colors that are out of date or don’t suit her new hair color.
Always dispose of makeups that change texture, color, or smell. And do throw away items that are past these dates for safety and health. No one wants to break out or worse.
Mascara – three months is the limit for mascara. The brush wears and doesn’t function optimally, and because the brush is dipped into the bottle again and again with the brush, bacteria can breed in the bottle. Mascara also starts to dry out. Replace mascara regularly to protect eye health.
Eye color – liquid eye liner, similar to mascara in the applicator being stored in the bottle, liquid eyeliner needs to be replaced more frequently than its cream and powder counterparts. Liquids are good up to six months; creams can last a year; powders are usually good for two years.
Powders – blush, eye shadows, facial powders, etc. – powders that are applied with brushes (and do clean brushes regularly) are good up to two years. To extend use, wipe pressed powders with a tissue to keep them clean and fresh, and always seal tightly.
Lipsticks – lipsticks will last up to two years. Wiping them from time to time (and never sharing) will extend their life.
Lip gloss – glosses are good up to six months. As with liquid liners and masacara, the applicator is used on the lips and places back in the bottle, which means the possibility of bacteria.
Foundation/Corrector/brightener – these are usually creams, and these will last up to one year. Using a cotton swab, in place of applicators that are stored in the bottle, will extend the life of the item. Pumps are more likely to be good for that full year.
Pencils – both eye and lip pencils will last up to two years. These are regularly sharpened, which serves like a cleaning.
With all makeup, avoid exposure to extended sunlight and high temperatures. In other words, don’t leave makeup in the car.
While these limits can appear expensive, there are some favorite brands that will recycle used product containers.
MAC has a recycling incentive program: Recycle six primary packaging containers and receive a free lipstick. That’s right, recycling old colors means a new color. Awesome! (Aveda will recycle caps for customers (no incentive), and Kiehl’s sometimes has incentives to recycle but will always accept empty containers for recycling.)