When to get rid of makeup?- Shelf life of makeup

We sometimes forget that makeup does expire and does contain bacteria after some time.

Foundation
If your foundation has a pump then it will last longer, for about a year. However if you are using a foundation in which you have to put your fingers in then it will last you 6-8 months. The reason it last less is because you keep opening it and it then picks up bacteria.  Also if the foundation is water based it will last less than if it is oil based. Oil foundations tend to separate if they are around heat , so keep them in a cool place. I know some people who store them in the refrigerator, but don’t know if you really have to go that far. 
Powder Foundation
Can last over a year, if there is no shiny build up on the surface. 
Mascara and Liquid Eye Liner 
You should get rid of your mascara every 3-4 months because it contains moisture which then turns into bacteria. This can give you eye infections, or irritate your eyes. You can also know by smelling your mascara, if it smells funny, throw it out. 
Makeup Pencils

Last up to 3 years, once you sharpen the pencil you get rid of any bacteria or germs. 
Lipstick

You can keep them for 1-2 years or until you notice a weird smell. They last longer if kept in a cool place. 
Eyeshadow

Will last up to 3 years. 
Brushes

You should wash your brushes at least every month. You can use shampoo or baby shampoo to wash them. 
Sponges

Wash these weekly and throw them out monthly. You need to be really careful with these because they can carry a lot of bacteria that can cause breakouts or irritation to the skin. 
Until next time, 
The Wicked 
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