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When Good Makeup Goes Bad

September 3, 2013 · Posted in: Beauty, Blog, Fashion, Inspiration, Stylists Picks

makeupDid you know that your favorite makeup can go bad? Old makeup can become home to bacteria that can really effect your health. Below are some tips on what to look out for with makeup that may be past its prime.


Old mascara can become bacteria ridden and cause redness, itching or even pinkeye. Old mascara is known to have a distinct gasoline smell. It is best to refresh your mascara every two-three months to be safe.


Most foundations are water-based, which makes them a favorite of bacteria. A strange smell or change of color is a good cue that your foundation is old. Using it can cause breakouts or skin irritation. Keep your foundation out of moist environments like your bathroom to keep it dry. Unopened foundation can last for a couple of years, but opened foundation should be replaced every 6-12 months.


You can tell your concealer has gone bad when the color changes. Powder and stick concealers can last for two years. Liquid concealers should be thrown away after one.


Since Blush is dry, it isn’t as prone to bacteria as other makeups. Cleaning your blush brush regularly and store your blush in a cool, dry place will prolong the life of your blush. Also, once it gets super hard and won’t budge from your compact, toss it.

Eye Shadow

Eye shadow, like mascara, can cause eye problems if it becomes home to bacteria. It’s best to replace your eye shadow every three months to ensure that it is safe. Cream-based shadows tend to attract bacteria more than powder ones, so pay extra attention to them.


Another makeup close to your eyes. Replace every three months to ensure you don’t cause any eye problems!

Have any tips for keeping makeup fresh? Leave a comment below!

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2 Responses to “When Good Makeup Goes Bad”

  1. Linda lis says:

    every 3 months

  2. Natalie says:

    Replace every 3 months! 🙂