After carefully applying lip liner and a bold shade of lipstick, do you finish the look with lip gloss? The shiny lip topper is the perfect way to seal your signature makeup look. But, how do you know when your trusty, stand-by tube of gloss has gone bad? Yes, makeup can expire. Here are three telltale signs it’s time to restock your inventory.
The 3 signs
1. Smell the gloss. If its usual sweet scent has turned sour, it’s time to toss it. As the ingredients in makeup age, they can break down and lose their original fragrance. Don’t apply any lip products that have a rancid, foul odor.
2. Feel the texture. Has the once smooth lip gloss turned clumpy, gritty, or watery? Over time, the gloss can change texture and become unpleasant to use. Don’t attempt to add water or oil to a tube of dry lip gloss. Nobody wants clumpy gloss on her lips!
3. Look at the makeup. Has a clear gloss turned cloudy? Or, did your favorite tinted gloss get extra dark? Something is definitely not right. Whether contaminants have entered the gloss or the ingredients are getting old, never use makeup that doesn’t look like it did when you bought it.
How long does lip gloss last?
Expect your gloss to maintain its freshness for up to two years. Store gloss and all makeup in a climate controlled area to get the maximum life span out of the products. This means not leaving makeup in the car on hot summer days or letting it freeze during the winter. This hot-cold cycle can change the texture of the makeup quickly.
If you’ve been sick with a cold or cold sores, it’s time to toss any gloss that you applied with a built-in applicator wand or touched directly to your lips. If you apply the gloss with a disposable brush, your gloss should be free of germs.
Gloss application tips
Want your lips to feel extra silky and smooth? Before applying your lip gloss, exfoliate your lips. Use a water-moistened washcloth to do the job. Simply rub the lips with a gentle circular motion to remove flakes of dry skin. No cleansers are needed.
Once the new, soft skin is exposed, seal it with your favorite lipstick or lip gloss to retain your skin’s natural moisture. Reapply as often as needed to keep your smile shiny and smooth.