How long should you keep that mascara? How often should you clean your brushes? I get asked this constantly! Use this list to keep you, your makeup and your skin healthy.
Cream cleanser: 1 year
Cream/moisturizer: 1 year
Foundation, oil-based: 1.5 years
Foundation, water based: 1 year
Gel cleanser: 1 year
Lipstick: 1-2 years
Mascara: 3 months
Powder: 2 years
Shadows: 2 years
Brushes: weekly for personal use or in between each client for professional use
Sponges: wash after each use (3 month life span) or discard if disposable
There’s also a small picture of a jar on the back of most products that will tell you how many months the product should last for before it could grow harmful bacteria or ingredients may separate and become ineffective.
Use these dates as a guideline, use your own judgement- if something starts to smell weird or give you a rash, toss it immediately!