How to Check the Expiration Date of Your Makeup

My favorite thing about being a makeup lover is all the different products I get to try. With every new season comes a new color, a new shade, or a new product. Because the beauty industry is always coming out with something new, it’s easy to accumulate lots of product very quickly.

Just like any perishable product, makeup has an expiration date.

If you are anything like me, you have makeup everyone. A lipstick here, and an eyeshadow pallet there. Each purse has it’s own cosmetic ouch filled with backup makeup just in case I may need it. When you have lots of makeup products, it becomes hard to remember when you purchased what item.

Every few months, I find myself asking the same question, “should I keep or toss that makeup I just found?” More than likely if it is more than a year old, it may be time to trash it. Like any other expired product, it could mean big problems if you are using an old and expired product.

Practicing good hygiene with your makeup is important for a nice application.

On each makeup label, look for this little symbol. The number shown is the amount of time (after opening) before your product expires.

Quick Tip: When you open a new beauty product, write the date on the bottle or container so you can keep track of when it expires.

The products below are listed according to the length of time you have to use your cosmetic product before it expires.

2-3 Months

  • Mascara
  • Nail files
  • Loofahs
  • Masks
  • Peels

6-12 Months

  • Concealer
  • Liquid Liner
  • Foundation
  • Fash Wash
  • Serums
  • Toner
  • Moisturizer

12-24 Months

  • Primer
  • Blush
  • Lip Gloss
  • Lipstick
  • Face Cream
  • Body Soaps
  • Sunscreen
  • Cleansing Products
  • Shampoos and Conditioners

24+ Months

  • Pencils
  • Eyeshadow
  • Powder
  • Lotions
  • Nail Polish
  • Hair Products
  • Bar Soap

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