I’m definitely guilty of holding on to some lipsticks and eye shadows a little too long, and some of my favorite makeup was a limited edition gem that is impossible to replace. Most cosmetics and lotions have a little symbol at the back that looks like an open pot which tells you the shelf life of the product. It’s important to keep track of when you opened the product and when it’s time to replenish your makeup. Old mascara can irritate your eyes or even cause a serious case of pink-eye. Foundation, concealers and water based powders may be home to all kinds of bacteria which can break out your skin. Even make-up brushes, which should be kept clean and dry, will eventually need to be replaced. I’ve listed the average shelf life of makeup products for you below.
- Mascara: 2-3 months
- Liquid Eyeliner: 3 months
- Eyeliner: 6 months
- Eye shadow: 12 months
- Concealer: 12 months
- Foundation: 12 months
- Powder: 2 years
- Cream Blush: 12 months
- Blush/Bronzer: 12 – 18 months
- Lipstick/Lip Gloss: 18 months
For more details on how to store your cosmetics and keep your brushes and sponges clean check out this great article in Allure. On the bright side, think of how fun it will be to replenish your makeup!