Take a closer look at your cosmetic container - a really close look...
You may notice a little symbol that looks like this one to the left. It's the symbol used by manufacturers to let us know how long a product can be used after opening.
This jar shows that your product is safe to use for up to 3 months from the date you open it.
Of course, we're not always going to remember when we've opened a product for the first time, but if you're still using a product with '3M' marked on it a year later, then it's time to let it go.
Here's a list of what some products might show:
Mascara - 6M
Liquid Foundation - 24M
Eyeshadow - 18M
Lipgloss - 12M
Depending on where a product is manufactured and where it's sold, labelling is not mandatory. As a makeup artist, hygiene is queen so I'm here to remind you that to get the most out of your product always:
- Use a clean spatula to remove product from a jar
- Screw the lid/cap on tightly after use
- Keep products in a cool, dry place
- Avoid sharing products that come into direct contact with lips and eyes.
Time for a new mascara ??