News You Can Use: Make-up Expiration

Liz Dah
Liz Dah

By: Malika Dudley

HONOLULU, Oahu (HawaiiNewsNow) - How long do you keep your make-up before replacing it? A few months? A few years? Reporter Malika Dudley got help from a local celebrity make-up artist to sort it all out, literally.

Go ahead, dump out your make-up bag! Do an inventory! What stays? What needs a tune up? And what goes? Professional make-up artist Liz Dahl has been in cosmetics for decades. She has some helpful benchmarks to help you filter through that endless make-up bag. First off, lip gloss and we start with the smell test. Liz smells my lip gloss. "Smells good, it just looks bad," she said.

Easy fix! Get some 91 or 99 percent alcohol and wipe it down. "Yay, we can see the name of it. So how long have you had it?" said Liz. "Probably like two years," Malika said. Okay we need to dump it," replied Liz. For anything around the lips, Liz recommends dumping it six months after it's opened.

"Now if you keep it under ideal conditions, like not in the car, not in the sunlight in your bathroom, if you keep it under ideal conditions in a cool environment, maybe a lower drawer somewhere where it's not too hot, maybe it'll last past the expiration," she adds.

Some types of make-up, like those with SPF, have expiration dates marked on them. But for others you need to rely on your senses. Does it look dirty? Then clean it! "This is a good thing to have at home and you can just fill that with alcohol. You can just do a quick wipe off of your brush," she said.

Shampoo your brushes once a week. If the bristles are falling off, dump it. Also, check to see if the make-up is separating. "You'll see it on your pencils where the oil will start to come to the surface it'll look like a white blob. Put it back in the freezer, get it solidified and see if you can get it to work," said Liz.

When it comes to your eyes you have to be especially careful. "Mascara, that's the problem, 3 to 6 months max," said Liz. Pencil and liquid eyeliner fall in that category too, no exceptions. Now, blush, eye shadows and compacts are another story. Liz says you can keep them for 2 to 3 years or longer if kept under ideal conditions.

"What are some of the problems you can come across from not cleaning it?" Malika asked. "White heads and blackheads on your cheeks, it can be either from your brushes not washed, or there could be a layer of bacteria just sitting on that," Liz explained.

Creamy types of make-up like concealers and gel eyeliner just need a little tune up. "If you wipe this off, all you're going to do is smash the bacteria in. So you literally want to get a layer of this off," said Liz.

Liz says eye lashes can be re-used as long as you pull off the glue between uses. Dump the glue once it starts separating and to keep a clean bag and healthy face..."This is going to crack and be all over your bag soon, this is gone, so that can go. Just keep it all fresh!" said Liz. When in doubt, just throw it out. Better safe than sorry.

Click HERE for a link to Liz Dahl's website.