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Sarah Russo3 years ago

Extend your makeup's shelf life with our top tips!

Have you got a makeup case overflowing with beauty products? There’s a good chance you have products that have expired or are in desperate need of some TLC. If you’re not sure on when you should throw out your mascara, how to revive a dried up bottle of nail polish or the regularity at which you should clean your brushes, read on for our top tips on how to extend the life of your makeup. Not only will you avoid the possibility of smearing germ-laden products on your face, you will save a few dollars by knowing how to get the most out of every product.

Shelf life for all products

The recommended shelf life for any beauty product can be found by locating the open jar symbol with a number, followed by the letter M, normally on the bottom of the product. This number is the use by date, and indicates the number of months you can safely use the product once opened.


Shelf life: 3 months

When to throw out: After 3 months, also if you have recently been sick it is worth disposing of your mascara to avoid infection, or if the smell, colour or texture changes.

Don’t pump the wand into the tube: By repeatedly pumping, large amounts of air enter the tube causing the product to thicken and dry out.

Revive dried out mascara with saline solution: Add a few drops into the bottle, secure the lid and shake to extend your mascara by a week or two.


Liquid foundation

Shelf life: 6 to 12 months.

When to throw out: After 6 to 12 months, if the colour has lightened or if the product has separated.

Store in a cool, dry place: Keep away from warmth and humidity (like a steamy bathroom) to minimise the growth of bacteria.

Pour product onto back of hand or makeup pan: Keep tools and fingers away from the bottle opening, as the oils from our fingers can increase the chances of contamination.



Shelf life: Dependent on care

When to throw out: Throw out sponges within 1 to 2 uses, and brushes when they start to heavily shed, turn stiff or smell bad after washing.

Wash regularly: Using a brush cleanser or baby shampoo, washing brushes (sponges after every use) once a week will prevent premature need for replacement.

Dry correctly: Lay the brushes flat on a dry soft surface so water does not seep down into the handles, creating mould.


Other tips to prolong the life of your makeup:

  • Leaving any products containing SPF in direct sunlight will activate and kill the SPF — so ensure you store in a cool location out of direct sunlight!
  • Revive dried out nail polish with a drop of acetone nail polish remover.
  • Restore cracked eye shadow by pressing product back into the palette, adding a few drops of rubbing alcohol and pressing the powder with the back of a spoon.

Is it time to replace a few products in your makeup case? Check out these beauty salons in the Maitland area to pick up some new beauty goodies.

Splendor Makeup & Beauty Medispa

Open 7-days a week, Splendor Makeup and Beauty Medispa is your one-stop-shop for all your beauty needs. Services offered include IPL, anti-wrinkle injections, teeth whitening, lash extensions, acrylic nails and makeup, plus much more. Pop down and see the team or have their mobile bridal service come to you.
Where: Shop E3, Rutherford Marketplace, Rutherford NSW 2320

Beyond Tranquility

Pamper yourself at Beyond Tranquillity, open 6-days a week. Relax with a massage, enjoy a refreshing facial or prepare for an event with a tan and makeup. Planning a wedding? Check out their packages catering for formals and bridal parties. Call the team to book your treatment today!
Where: Shop 1/57 Maize Street, Tenambit NSW 2323

Not in the Maitland area? Click here to find a beauty salon near you.


Have you got a tip you use to extend the life of your makeup? We want to know! Tell us in the comments below.

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