Spring Cleaning: Makeup Edition

Liz Kleppinger, Freshman

With spring right around the corner (20 more days, you can do it!), this could signify a lot of things--fresh blooming flowers, pastel-colored clothing, or maybe the dreaded, spring cleaning. Spring cleaning means for me going through and revamping my closet, bathroom, or basically anywhere I’ve managed to spread my mess.

Closets are always hard to purge, but the real problem lies within the makeup bag. Story time.

About a month ago, my aunt picked me up to take me out to dinner and her face was really red. I was immediately like, “Have you changed any products you use on your face???????” She gave me one of those pensive looks and told me how she found a face wash in the back of her bathroom cabinet and washed her face with it. I told her to throw out all of the products she uncovered. When I saw her a week later, her face was back to its flawless self, thanks to ditching her old products. 

Makeup and face products may not have an expiration date printed on them like food, but they do expire. Typically you’ll be able to find a little compact icon with something like “12 M” printed alongside indicating its expiration. 

Makeup Timetable:

Mascara - two-three months
Liquid concealer or foundation - six - 12 months depending
Lip gloss and lipstick - one - two years
Nailpolish - one to two years
Lotion - two years
Powder eyeshadow and blush - two years
Perfume - eight to 10 years
Face washes vary, but if you use it a couple of times and throw it into your bathroom drawer, when you find it months, later chances are it won’t work to its fullest potential. 

How famous beauty gurus manage to have such a large makeup collection if products don’t work after ‘x’ amount of time is beyond me. 

Just like with food, expiration dates should be used as a guild line. If you notice clumping, weird odors, stickiness, dryness, or cracks, it may be time to ditch it. Something old and something new, something borrowed and something blue does not hold true for makeup, my friends.

We all have that old eyeshadow palette we still  dig out and use sometimes. Just make sure the product doesn’t look, smell, or feel odd before you use it and keep an eye on how your skin reacts with it once applied. Redness and breakouts are common with expired products, so if anything happens, it’s finally time to say good bye to that Naked One palette you got the summer before freshman year. 

There are a few tips to increase the lifespan of your products. 

Keeping them out of direct heat and sunlight and stored in a clean environment. Not sharing mascara wands or makeup brushes as well as using other peoples makeup is not a wise decision, as it prevents bacteria spreading. Bacteria can also grow on your beloved makeup brushes and tools, causing it to end up on the product, but more importantly your skin!!! CLEANING MAKEUP BRUSHES IS ESSENTIAL. I also recommend color-coding your collection with stickers indicating when their time’s up to avoid the consequences a forgotten-and-discovered product often renders.

You may want to take these numbers into account when you reach your makeup collection in your cleaning adventure.

Happy spring cleaning!