Every woman has a drawer filled with makeup that she hasn’t used in years. Remember that glitter eye shadow you purchased for New Years Eve five years ago? Well, it’s time to throw it away because it is long past its expiration date. That’s right. There is such a thing as a makeup expiration date. Below you’ll find a list of common makeup expiration dates which will help you determine if you should toss it or keep it.
It should be said that using expired makeup won’t kill you or make you sick. In fact, most women ignore the recommended makeup expiration date and keep it longer than they should. We’re all guilty of hanging on to that $ 10.00 tube of lipstick for decades. And though expired makeup won’t hurt you, it does go bad. They dry out and don’t offer the coverage that they once did, and can possibly cause your skin to dry out as well.
So, when does makeup expire? Here is a general timetable for your makeup shelf life. We’ve listed common makeup expiration dates alphabetically for your convenience. Keep in mind that all makeup expiration dates begin once the product has been opened, not when it was purchased.
Blush (cream) Up to one year
Blush (powder) Up to two years
Bronzer Up to two years
Concealer Up to one year
Eye cream Up to one year
Eye liner (liquid) Up to six months
Eye liner (pencil) Up to one year
Eye shadow (cream) Up to one year
Eye shadow (powdered) Up to one year
Foundation Up to 18 months
Lip liner Up to one year
Lip gloss Up to two years
Lipstick Up to two years
Mascara Up to six months
Nail polish Up to twelve months
Powder Up to two years
SPF lotion Up to one year
Expired makeup can harbor excess oil and bacteria, which can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts. To help prevent this, and to extend the life of your makeup, replace or wash your makeup application tools. Julyne Derrick, of About.com, recommends washing makeup brushes every two to three months in a mild detergent. Cosmetic sponges should be washed weekly in a similar fashion. Replace inexpensive applicators frequently.
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