When Does Your Makeup Expire?

Lip Color

Your lipsticks and glosses are only good for 2 years before it’s time to toss them. After time they will start to look and feel cakey and heavy on your lips. Not flattering.


Mascara is only good for about 3 months before it’s time to get rid of it. Make sure to pull out the wand in one straight out motion rather than pumping it. Pumping the wand up and down will trap air and bacteria in the tube. After about 3 months (whether you pump or not) your mascara will start to dry out and become clumpy.


Liquid foundations will stay good for about 1 year and powder for about 2 after opening them. After that you will find that it’s lacking in the coverage department. You may notice with older foundations that the color may have started to change a little and look a little yellow or orange.

Blush, Bronzers and Eye Shadow

Depending on the product, you will find that after a year or 2 (it’s a broad range, I know) you will find that your blushes, bronzers and shadows will begin to harden up and the color won’t go on as smoothly and nicely as it used to.


Liquid liner is pretty prone to microbial growth and is it’s smart to treat it the same as mascara, it’s only good for about 3 months, then it’s time to replace it. A pencil liner on the other hand, can last up to 3 years, but it too will eventually become crumbly or stiff.

Still Not Sure?

If you’re still not sure if your makeup is good or bad (who’s really keeping track of how old it is?) ask yourself these 3 questions:

Does it smell funny? Garbage.

Has the color changed? Garbage.

Has the consistency changed? Garbage.

Like what you see? Tell your friends!

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