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If you are a beauty product and makeup junkie like me, you know how hard it is to part with what seems to be perfectly good makeup. Alot of the time they are products that weren’t even used, just looked good at the time. I hate it when good makeup has expired!  Everytime I have to throw out beauty products due to makeup expiration, I see all the beautiful looks I could’ve achieved with it flashing through my mind!

 If you’re unsure of the telltale signs of makeup gone bad, keep these 7  Signs Your Makeup Has Expired in mind the next time you’re going through your makeup collection. After all there’s nothing attractive about pink eye !


Lipstick –  The two best ways to tell if your makeup has expired is if it is dry and if it has changed in texture. Lasting typically up to about two years, old lipstick will not go on or look as luscious and creamy on your lips. Another way is to see if it’s old it is to smell it. If it smells stale, it’s time to can it!

Liquid foundation  – Expired foundation is an easy one to spot because of the change in color. You know when you browse the beauty aisles at the drug store, and those bottles of liquid foundation have a strange color? Changes in texture and smell of the formula are both telling signs that the makeup has gone bad. Oil-based foundations last a bit longer (up to 18 months) than water-based foundations which typically last up to one year. Sometimes, your water-based foundation seems to be expired because it starts to become thick and dries up when you apply it. However, if you are sure it is less than a year old, try adding some drops of an alcohol-free toner to get the creamy texture back.

Mascara  – The mascara tube is a real shady character because the dark and moist environment is a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause a plethora of infections. Aside from keeping tabs on how long you’ve had your tube, sniff your mascara to see if has any foul smells. Toss anything that smells like gas or just plain off and replace mascara every 3-4 months to be on the safe side, it’s hard to look cute with pink eye.”

Eyeliner  Avoid a trip to the doctor by making sure that any makeup you use on your eyes hasn’t expired. Your eyes are far too precious! Make sure that if you ever see a white spot on your eyeliner that doesn’t come off even when you sharpen or shave it, you throw it away. If your liquid liner is starting to get dry or clumpy, toss it in the trash! Old eye makeup doesn’t work well anyway, so toss any expired eye makeup.



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