As a makeup artist, you likely go through your makeup products rather quickly. But we know you have a small stash of makeup somewhere full of products that are rarely used. They simply collect dust, patiently waiting for the day you actually need them. While some products can last a long time when used hygienically and stored properly, they do eventually expire. So before you use that lonely product on your client, consider if it is still safe to do so.
Use this handy infographic to determine whether or not your product has expired!
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As a rough guide, powder-based products and lip products likely won’t expire between 1 and 2 years after opening, while liquid and water-based products will expire much sooner (anywhere between 3 and 12 months, depending on the product).
Even though a product may not expire for a while, it can still “go bad” if exposed to bacteria or stored improperly. Here are some warning signs to look out for to let you know when to toss a product:
- The product is unusually clumpy or has separated into layers
- It has developed a weird smell
- The color has changed
- It has turned runny
- It is dry and flaky
- It is extra sticky
- It feels different on your skin
- The packaging has expanded, warped, or deteriorated
In order to keep you and your clients safe, check your older products for these warning signs and consider labelling your products with the date you purchased them on. Store your items in a clean bin or drawer, only touch them with sanitized hands, and ensure all caps and lids are secure after use.