Customers can evaluate their collections, and suggest replacement products.
Below are some recommended guidelines.
FOUNDATION: Keep up to 2 years.
Throw out sooner if the pigment has started to change or the consistency becomes dumpy.
LIPSTICK: Keep 1 1/2 to 2 years.
When the waxes eventually dry out, you'll feel a loss of the slip that makes application easy.
MASCARA: Keep 3 months.
Because the process of applying involves moving the wand from lashes to bottle and back, the rick of introducing bacteria is high.
EYESHADOW: Keep 2 years.
If either powder or cream varieties exhibit an odor, color, or texture change, discard sooner.
LIP AND EYE PENCILS: Keep 2 years.
If the pencil starts to stick and gets more difficult to use, it's probably dried out. Time to toss it.
BLUSH: Keep 3 years.
Despite a long shelf life, be alert to changes in color, smell or consistency.
MOISTURIZERS: Keep 3 months to 1 year.
Discard them sooner if you start to smell an off odor or the overall texture seems to have changed.
SUN PROTECTION: Keep 1 season.
When it's time to discard, you'll notice that the product starts to separate and may have an odor.
SELF-TANNERS: Keep 6 months to 1 year.
Self tanners take on a funny smell when they're past their prime. They become less effective and you may get a lighter or inconsistent "tan".
NAIL POLISH: Keep 6 months to 4 years.
The less it's exposed to air and sunlight, the longer it will last; store in the refrigerator.