Did you know that makeup expires, just like food? Over a period of time, our makeup accumulates germs and bacteria from our hands, brushes, even the air. While powder products have a longer shelf life, you should be extra careful about keeping track of how long you’ve been using your liquid products. Using your makeup too long past their recommended shelf life can cause infections and break outs. Ain’t nobody got time for that! If you’re planning on cleaning out your makeup collection any time soon, keep in mind these makeup expiration dates while deciding what to throw away. Better safe than sorry, I always say.
Liquid Foundation: While liquid foundation typically has a shelf life of about a year, if the foundation starts to separate (and oil is visible), I would advise against using it.
Cream Products: Cream foundations, blushes, highlights and eyeshadows will last you about one year before you should toss them.
Powder Products: Because of their dryness, powder products are good for up to two years.
Pencils: While twist-up pencils will be safe for eye and lip use for about a year, pencils that need to be sharpened can last you longer. Since you reveal a fresh, new layer of product every time you sharpen, you can usually use these until they are finished up.
Lipstick: Good news, your favorite lipstick will last you about two years!
Liquid Eyeliner: Because you’re coming in direct contact with your eye, and sometimes double dipping into a pot, liquid eyeliner should be used for no longer than six months to avoid eye infections.
Mascara: Mascara has the shortest shelf life out of all your makeup, determined to only be eye-safe for about 3 months. If your mascara starts to smell at all different from when you first purchased it, it’s time to toss!
Lipgloss: Since you’re applying lipgloss straight to your mouth with either a tube or doe-foot applicator (that you double dip), don’t exceed use for more than 18 months.
Quick tips to make sure your makeup doesn’t expire quickly:
- Be sure that you’re washing your makeup brushes regularly to avoid cross contamination between products as well as keeping your skin clear. Spot clean brushes between uses using a brush sanitizing spray or wet wipe.
- Makeup should always be stored at room temperature, away from the sun.
- NEVER store your makeup in the bathroom. The humidity from showering will let bacteria thrive.
- If you use your fingers to apply any product, make sure your hands are sanitized before directly touching your cosmetics.
- Keep a note on your phone of the date you purchase quick-to-expire products like mascara and liquid eyeliner so you know when it’s time to buy a replacement.