This is a question most people want to know, especially for someone like me, i used a particular lip gloss for 3 years because i liked the container. But why don't we tell ourselves a little truth, we all know expired products are not good for consumption, either food, house ware, or even skin products, etc. so, when does your makeup expire? Is it really okay that you’ve held on to the same lipstick for years for those rare occasions you need a bright orange lip? Pencil eyeliners don’t actually have to be chucked until you’ve sharpened it so much that it’s smaller than a pin right? And what’s wrong with keeping a blusher forever because nostalgia?
Throw it Away Now: Lipstick doesn’t hold much bacteria, so it can last between 12 – 18 months. Although lipstick and gloss are packed with preservatives such as parabens, essential oils and vitamins to ward off germs, these naturally start to break down after a year.
Expiry signs: Any beading of moisture, funky smells or chalky texture means it’s time to toss.
How to protect: Store your summer hue in the fridge. Keeping lipstick and gloss away from heat slows the breakdown of ingredients. Also, don’t apply lipstick straight after eating, it cultivates bacteria.