As promised, here is a post on makeup expiry and making sure you are not using out of date makeup!
A few years ago, I came across a picture that showed how long different makeup items could be kept for once opened. I quickly threw out many items… I can’t find this exact picture, but here are some guidelines for you!
Some things to keep in mind
- Write the date on the product when you first open it to keep track – Makeup and skincare bottles/containers usually have a small symbol on the base of it with a 6M, 12M or 24M, indicating expiration time in months.
- Try to keep makeup and skincare products out of the sun!
- Disposable applicators are your friends (if you can access one for mascara and lipstick (especially when testing them out at the store).
- Clean makeup brushes regularly to prevent bacteria growth and breakouts – set aside a day/time to wash all of your brushes you regularly use.
How long can I keep makeup after I open and use it?
[ E Y E S ]
Mascara – 3 months.
Get rid of it if it gets clumpy or starts to smell funny! and do not share it!
Eye pencil – 2 years. Sharpen regularly, before each use if possible.
Liquid eye shadow – 12 months.
Eye shadow – 2 years. Get rid of them when they get more flakey and dry.
[ F A C E ]
Liquid foundation and concealer – 6-12 months.
Moisturising foundations and stick concealer – 18 months.
Oil-free foundations – 12 months. Get rid of it if the product separates or looks lighter.
Cream blush – 1 year.
Powders and blush – 2 years. Get rid of them when they get flaky and dry.
Lipstick and lip pencil – 2 years. Get rid of it is if becomes dry.
Lip gloss – 1 year. Get rid of it if the gloss becomes extra sticky.
Nail polish – 1-2 years. Get rid of it when it separates and won’t blend after a shake or if it gets extra gooey.
Perfume – 8-10 years. Get rid of them when they start to smell different or appear lighter. Store in a cool, dark place to make them last longer.
Lotion/cream – 2 years. Get rid of it when the colour or scent changes.