Doesn't it just make you feel great to open a brand new piece of makeup? The first swipe of a fresh makeup pad swooping across a never before touched powder or blush is oh so nice. On the flip side, doesn't it just make you feel icky to try and use mascara that is dried out and clumpy? How about nail polish that takes a dozen passes to go on the way you want it to? With a few tips and guidelines, you can cheer up any of your vanity essentials to ensure a happy makeup applying experience.
Store makeup at the right temperature. Don't keep your powdered makeup in the actual bathroom where moisture that the shower creates can get in. A more dry location is best, like on top of your dresser in a makeup bag.
Keep makeup out of the sun. A cooler, darker place is best.
Clean brushes regularly. This prevents makeup from getting bacteria buildups and can keep your makeup looking and feeling fresher longer. Your skin will thank you too. Use either a professional brush cleaner, baby shampoo, or rubbing alcohol. I like MAC makeup's brush cleaner.
Mac Brush Cleaner $12.00
Use the smell test. If you makeup smells bad, toss it. Smell a new eyeshadow and compare it to one you've had a while. There's a difference. This goes for perfumes too. Perfume, like it or not, does change over time. Usually, two years is the tops to preserve it's original scent. (Have a perfume you don't care for? Clothes Mentor takes opened perfume bottles for resell.)
Use a black sharpie to mark on the back of you cosmetic when you first used it.
A lot of makeups don't have written expiration dates on them so it's up to remember.
Here's a list of make up "use up" dates. (I got them from a recent Star Tribune article)
Each month or date range listed below is for after first use, unless it says "unopened."
Post this list inside your cabinet door for a quick reminder.
Anti Aging and Acne Treatments: 3 months-1year
Bath Oil: 1 year
Blush or Bronze Powder: 18 months
Blush (Cream): 1 year
Body Bleaches: 6 months, 2 years unopened
Body Lotion: 1 year, 2-3 years unopened
Deodorant: 2 years
Eye and Lip Pencils: 3-5 years (sharpen them often)
Eye Cream: 1 year, 3 years unopened
Eye Shadow (Cream): 6 months
Facial Moisturizer: 1 year
Foundation and Concealer: 6 months-1 year, 2 years oil based and 3 years water-based unopened
Hair Styling Products: 3-5 years
Lip Balm: 1-3 years, up to 5 years unopened
Lipstick and Gloss: 18 months, 2-3 years unopened
Mascara, Liquid Eyeliner: 3-4 months, 2-3 years unopened
Mouthwash: 3 years from manufacture date
Nail Polish: 1 year
Nail Polish Remover: good forever
Perfume: 2 years (storing in your refrigerator can prolong life)
Rubbing Alcohol: 3 years
Shampoo, Conditioner, Shower Gel: 3 years
Shaving Cream: 2 years
Soap Bar: up to 3 years
SPF: most have expiration dates, up to 3 years
Sunscreen: 6 months (get a new one each year)
Teeth Whitening Strips: 13 months