Keeping your makeup organized is a great start to having clean and bacteria free products because you know where it all is.  Today I'm going to tell you everything you need to know about how to care for and clean your makeup, plus how long you can expect it to last. All good makeup applications start with healthy skin so the proper care of your products and beauty tools is as critical as your skincare routine.

Beauty Product Care: Makeup Expiration Dates & Brush Cleaning

Makeup Expiration Dates

Yes, makeup does expire! This chart will give you a basic guide for how long of a shelf life your makeup has once it has been opened. Following this shelf life guideline keeps your makeup bacteria free. Since beauty products don't have expiration dates on the bottle or case, always remember- When in doubt, throw it out!

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Expiration dates listed are the maximum. Remember- when in doubt, throw it out.

  • Concealer= 12 months
  • Foundation= 18 months
  • Face powder= 2 years
  • Eye shadow= 2 years
  • Eye liner= 2 years
  • Lip color= 2 years
  • Lip liner= 2 years
  • Mascara= 3 months
  • Nail polish= 12 months

Print the image below and keep it with your cosmetics for a handy reminder.

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How To Clean Makeup Brushes & Sponges

Keeping your brushes clean prevents dirt, oil and makeup buildup.  That keeps your application smooth and wards off unwanted shine. Brushes should be cleaned bi-weekly at a minimum.  For oily and break out prone skin types, weekly is ideal.  Don't forget your makeup bag either. It is a complete breeding ground for bacteria. Ew!

Use a brush cleanser.   Put a dime size of cleanser with a little water in the palm of your hand and swirl it around to loosen up all the makeup, dirt and oil buildup.  Continue you to swirl and rinse under warm running water.  Reshape brush and let air dry. Mine dry really fast in a brush holder made of a re-purposed candle jar with stones sitting on my bathroom counter.

Try: Aesthetica Pro Series Brush Cleaner & Conditioner (Works on sponges too!)

Brush cleaning tips: Aesthetica Pro Series Brush Cleaner & Conditioner

Use a quality sponge. The Beauty Blender is a makeup application sponge that helps achieve great coverage with minimal makeup and leaves a flawless finish. Many products of this kind are not made domestically, but the Beauty Blender is made in the USA. The Beauty Blender is a latex-free sponge as well. The Beauty Blender Cleanser is dye free and irritant free with a light lavender sense. It is in a moisturizing soy base as an added bonus.

Makeup expiration & brush, sponge cleaning tips

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Beauty Product Care: Brush Cleaning and Makeup Expiration Dates