87 per cent of your make up is probably out of date post-lockdown

Lockdown saw many of us ditch our daily makeup routines and spend more time on skincare instead. This shift came about especially as we discovered the struggle of maskne – acne caused from wearing a face mask. But as lockdown restrictions gradually ease and we have actual plans in the diary again, we’re picking up our make up essentials once more.

Although, if you haven’t used much of your make up since the first lockdown, there’s a good chance it needs to be replaced. In fact, 87 per cent of your make up is probably out of date.

woman checking if make up is out of date
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Drench conducted research to find out just how often we should be replacing makeup items. The home furnishing brand found that 87 per cent of products such as foundation, concealer, mascara, blusher, lipstick and eyeshadow need to be replaced annually. Makeup products that contain water should be replaced more often than powdered products, as bacteria grows on them more easily.

So basically, if you haven’t bought any new makeup since the pandemic began you might need to reinvest to ensure your skin is germ-free.

Alongside expiration dates, Drench also analysed the average cost of each product to see how much a makeup refresh will set us back.

Face

Concealer: £5.20 to replace every 6 months

Setting spray: £8.80 to replace every 6 months

Foundation: £5.70 to replace every 12 months

Loose Powder:£9.20 to replace every 12 months

Cream Blush: £9.50 to replace every 12 months

Powdered Bronzer: £5.10 to replace every 24 months

Liquid Highlight: £11 to replace every 24 months

Eyes

Mascara: £9.50 to replace every 6 months

Liquid Eyeliner: £4.10 to replace every 6 months

Brow Gel: £6.50 to replace every 6 months

Eyeshadow Palette: £23.40 to replace every 12 months

Eyeliner Pencil: £2.60 to replace every 12 months

Lips

Lip Gloss: £7.70 to replace every 6 months

Normal Lipstick: £9 to replace every 12 months

Lip Liner: £5.90 to replace every 12 months

Drench also spoke with award-winning makeup artist Joyce Connor about how often we should be replacing makeup and washing brushes.

Connor explained: ‘Liquid and cream products can harbour bacteria, especially if they’re in a jar and you’re using your fingers to remove the product. Old makeup can cause breakouts, irritation and even skin sensitivity. Old mascara can cause eye infections and irritation.’

Connor also added that you can tell when mascara is out of date by listening to it. ‘Mascara makes a plop sound when it’s fresh and still useable, when you stop hearing that sound you know it’s time for a new one,’ she said.

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As for other makeup products, if they don’t smell the same anymore it’s probably past its best. The oil and water in liquid foundations tend to separate when it’s out of date.

She also explained that if you wear makeup daily, brushes should be washed weekly.

‘Wash your brushes with a mild shampoo or antibacterial washing up liquid, and dry them by laying them on their side and leaving overnight to dry,’ Connor said.

Excuse us, we’re just going to listen to our mascaras…