If you are a makeup lover like me, then you must have a wide range of products in your kit. From foundation to powder to all shades of shadows and blush and creamy and matte lipsticks. You know na !!😜 Of course, you’ll also have some favorites that you use on special occasions, you literally hoard these items so they don’t finish so quickly, maybe because they are a bit more expensive than the rest.
Be it as it may, ALL these items in your kit have a shelf-life: they do expire!!!😁 I’ve had people brag about how they’ve had an eye-shadow palette or lipstick for 5 years! What??? They say to me ‘Nwaka, this is my special occasion foundation. I don’t joke with it o! I’ve had it since 2013!’
Please read further and be properly informed. Below is a basic list of makeup products and their stipulated shelf-life unless otherwise stated.
- Foundation (liquid or cream) – 2 years
- Lipsticks – 1 year
- Eye-shadow (powder) – 2years
- Concealer – 2 years
- Mascara – 4-6 months
- Blush (powder) – 2 years
- Face powder – 2 years
Have you ever wondered why certain makeup products come in really small containers? Concealers, pressed powders, eye shadows and even some foundations? The above is the reason why. What’s the point having a huge bottle of foundation sitting on a shelf in a makeup store for 6 months and making it to your kit only to expire in another 18 months because you use it only on special occasions?
So, kindly go through your makeup kit this weekend. Be honest and give your ‘dead’ and smelly makeup products a befitting burial, don’t give them out: just bury them in the Lawma container outside your gate. They’ve added so much value to your life and deserve a rest.
You’ll also be doing yourself a favor by not using expired products on your face. Just imagine how grateful your stomach will be if you constantly feed it with expired juice or milk?
Do well to rid your kit of all stains or pencil marks as you wish other products goodbye, find covers for those beloved pencils too and keep them sharpened always.
Lastly, don’t share eye pencils and lipstick and mascara wands with friends: cold sores and conjunctivitis is real. Find out how to safely share in the previous post.