Is there such a thing as expired makeup, well most people I speak with seem to believe “No”. It’s not like food where you can just take a look at the label or smell it to know whether to throw it out or not. With makeup it’s really difficult to know, how many of us really remember when we bought it or for that matter when the seal was removed. We throw out our makeup when the bottle is empty or we can no longer sharpen our pencils. We keep our makeup for years and if you’re like me, who owns one of those 100-color eyeshadow palettes but stick with the same 5 colors, it doesn’t make sense to throw it out especially knowing that one day you might need the turquoise one. I, like many women have multiple makeup bags, in my purse for touch-ups, the bathroom drawer, my makeup drawer and one I can never find until I’m looking for something else. The fact of the matter is that makeup does have a shelf life. But not many of us know exactly when that is. I mean makeup can get pretty expensive especially if you only use name brand, so it’s really difficult to just throw it out. We rarely follow the guidelines of when an item is no longer safe to use. I have always been concerned with what I put on my eyes that is the reason I do not share my eye makeup, I’m so scared to get any kind of eye infection. I started to look into makeup’s shelf life further when I attended a makeup show at a department store. They asked if anyone shared their makeup, a couple of hands went up & they also asked if any of us have makeup for longer than a year, well most of the hands went up for that one. They stated that the more we use our mascara the more bacteria it collects & that leads to infection. If eye makeup expires what about the rest? Well I have read many articles & it seems as though everything has an expiration date its just hard for us to know when that is, because this date is not printed on the actual products, however some brands do have the date on the box. I learned that the hard way when I bought makeup at a rummage sale, the person selling it way a consultant for a makeup company. She stated that she had acquired tons of makeup from years of selling the products, I was in makeup heaven I just started buying makeup it was so reasonably priced I took advantage. To me it was a good deal it was new in box, so why not buy. Everything seemed ok, I was showing my friend my makeup haul until she said those words that changed the way I buy makeup “did you know all the makeup you bought was expired” I was in shock, that’s why they where so cheap, she stated. Well I would like to say that I threw it out immediately, but that did not actually happen, it was still new in package so I used it & threw it out after six months. So I guess the saying is true “You Get What You Pay For” never again, now even if I’m buying makeup at a drug store I still check to see if there is an expiration date, lesson learned.
- Mascara–2-3 months/collects bacteria every time it is used so can cause pinkeye
- Liquid Foundation–6-12 months/moist environments cause bug growth that cause breakouts & irritation
- Powders–2 yrs
- Liquid Concealer–1 year
- Powder Concealer–2 years
- Blush–1 year
- Eye shadow–3 months
- Eye liner–3 months/due to being applied to sensitive area they pick up bacteria
- Lipstick–2 year
- Lipgloss–1 year
- Nail polish–1-2 years/becomes thick and no longer blends
The other thing we should remember is to always clean our makeup brushes & if using our hands make sure they are clean.