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How Long Can You Keep Makeup? A Guide to Makeup Expiry Dates

The Shelf Life of Makeup: A Quick and Comprehensive Guide

You may think that makeup can last forever if kept closed tightly and stored in a cool, dry place, but we've got news for you . . . makeup does expire; because as soon as a product is opened, bacteria begin to grow. Since makeup companies are not required to post expiration warnings on their labels, you have to use your judgement and be informed of the guidelines recommended by experts. It can be difficult to keep your makeup out of the sun and heat but that's what kills the preservatives that help fight off nasty germs. Also, never use makeup if you have an eye infection. The bacteria can spread and infect everything it touches, and that's why it's important to clean your brushes regularly. Never, ever share your makeup with others. And lastly, discard of any makeup that seems like it has changed colour or smells funny. For a handy list regarding the shelf life of cosmetics, keep reading.

  • The first thing to go is mascara which lasts three months
  • Oil-free foundation: one year
  • Cream foundation: one year
  • Concealer: 12-18 months
  • Powder: 18 months
  • Blush and Bronzer: 18 months
  • Cream blush: 12-18 months
  • Eyeshadow: 18 months
  • Eyeliner: 18 months
  • Liquid eyeliner: six months
  • Lipstick and lipgloss: 18 months
  • Lipliner: one year
  • Nail polish: two-three years
  • Cosmetic makeup sponges should be washed after each use and thrown away after one month
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