Cleaning your makeup bag is great, but it’s also important to make sure that the makeup you store inside is still good to use! All makeup products have a “best by …” date, the time after opening by which you should use them up or discard them. There are some variations based on climate and storage conditions, but here are some general timelines to keep in mind (Tip: Use a permanent ink pen to write the date you opened it right on the product itself.):
- Mascara and eyeliner (all types) – 3 to 6 months.
- Cream, liquid, or stick foundations and concealers cream blushes – 6 months to 1 year.
- Powder-based products (e.g., blush, bronzer, highlighter, eyeshadow) – 2 to 3 years.
- Lipstick, lip gloss and lip pencils – 2 to 3 years.
- Lip balm– 1 year.
Also, examine how your products look and smell. If there’s a noticeable change in the texture or colour, or if it begins to smell a bit “off,” it’s time to toss it!