Are you a makeup junkie? Or maybe you’re a minimalist who rarely wears makeup but has it on hand for special occasions. Wherever you fit in the cosmetics lovers chain, you need to know that makeup, even left unopened, goes bad. Didn’t know that there’s such a thing as a Makeup Expiration Date? Don’t worry… That’s what I’m here for!
If a product has an makeup expiration date on it, go by that but remember, that makeup expiration date is usually only for when the product is unopened. Once you open a cosmetic, the clock starts ticking. Even if you’re super careful about sealing the products, keeping your hands clean at all times when using a product, and storing your makeup in a cool, dark room (which is generally best), the stuff is going to go bad anyway.
Mascara Expiration: 4 to 6 Months
This is the one product that goes bad faster than any other cosmetic. Part of the reason is that many users pump the wand in and out of the tube, allowing air into it which than mixes with the chemicals and causes bacteria. You should toss mascara out after four months even if you only used it a handful of times.
You can probably get six months of wear from a mascara without any issues if you are careful not to pump the wand and keep the tube tightly closed after every use. Four to six months is such a short time, but better to be safe than sorry.
Foundation Expiration: 12 to 18 Months
This goes for liquid, cream, and stick foundation. If your foundation says it is oil free or the ingredients don’t have any oils in them, your best bet is to toss your foundation after about 12 months. Oil-based foundation lasts a bit longer, around 18 months. That’s not bad for a bottle of foundation and most women find that they run out before the makeup expires. Mineral powder foundation should be closed tightly after each use and stored in a cool place.
Concealer Expiration: 12 to 18 months
Most concealers hold up pretty well and are gone before they reach the makeup expiration date. However, if you notice that your concealer is drying out, becoming flaky, or has a weird scent, throw it out! You don’t want anything that’s going bad on your skin.
Blush Expiration: Powder Blush – 24 months | Cream Blush – 12 to 18 Months
You have quite some time with blush. This is another cosmetic that is usually gone before it reaches the makeup expiration date. Be careful of cream blushes though if you use your fingers to apply. Bacteria will transfer and could make the blush go bad before its time. If cream or liquid blush starts to dry out or smell funny, toss it.
Lipstick, Lip Gloss, Lip liner, Face Powder, Eye Shadow, Eye Liner Expiration: About 24 Months
All of these cosmetics hold up well over time. Keep them well sealed and away from extreme temperatures and you should get about two years use from them. The exception is cream eyeshadow which usually starts to go bad at about the 12 to 18 month mark.