Did you know that cosmetics have a shelf life too? We often ignore this fact as we pile up tons of them into that kit without realizing that they have an expiry date tagged to them. While it may seem very trivial to keep an eye on the makeup products, women tend to even use the same compact powder or lipstick for years. This is a sad reality and no, your skin deserves much better than simply harming it with expired stuff. Here we have jotted down a few products that come handy on a daily basis and how to be aware of when to toss them over.

Eyeliner

Eyeliner
Eyeliner

I have seen friends who never step out without a stroke of eyeliner. As much as it defines your eyes elegantly, it is also important to keep in mind that being liquid in nature can grab a lot of germs. Make sure you replace your eyeliners every 3 to 6 months. Opt better brands to keep your eyes free from hazards.

Mascara

Mascara
Mascara

Mascara is something similar to eyeliners and has the same shelf life of 3 to 6 months. Again, it is liquid as well and hence prone to bacteria after a while.

Foundation

Foundation
Foundation

I still remember keeping my MAC matt foundation for over a year. Yes, sometimes we are obsessed with our cosmetics that it’s really hard to bid goodbye. Foundations are creamy in nature and do justice up to a period of one year. The less you fiddle the rim with your fingers, the more the foundation lasts. Moreover, you can also sense that it has reached its expiry when the cream starts to thicken unusually.

Lipstick

Lipstick
Lipstick

This is apparently the most searched question on the Internet till date. Yes, lipsticks do have an end date and yes though it’s pretty hard to part ways with that favorite lip color of yours, it’s for your own good that it gets replaced after an ample usage of 12 months. Lip colors involve a lot of coloring agents and can grow bacteria because of the moist. Choose lip shades from renowned labels to keep infections at bay.

Compact Powder

Compact Powder
Compact Powder

Unlike the rest of the cosmetics, compact powders, bronzers, and blushes are powder based and last a little longer than their liquid counterparts. They can be put to good use for a max of 18 months. But, in case of the hardened top layer, these need a replacement as well.

Apart from securing your cosmetics in secluded storage, proper usage ensures they last a little longer than the actual expiry. We do agree that you have splurged on them and it is hard when it comes to throwing them into the trash. But, healthy skin is more vital and requires these minute details to be noted.