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June 11, 2013

Understanding the Expiration of Your Makeup


Almost every woman has a drawer full of make-up that she uses on occasion. In other words, she never uses this makeup. She is hoping to find a solution to help her to understand more about applying those awkward colors.

The Expiration of Make-Up Products

It’s important to remember that your beauty products and do have an expiration date. If you picked up something a while back because you thought it would look good with your Halloween costume, it is probably a good time to get rid of it.

Make-Up Products and Their Shelf Life

Here are a few things that you need to know about the shelf life of your makeup. Keep in mind, people may try to tell you that mascara never goes bad. Unfortunately, it usually has a shelf life of two years.

These “rules of thumb” are common amongst make-up artists and those who have had cosmetology training but, may not be common amongst the majority of its users. Here are some other make-up expiration guidelines:


Your concealer is only going to last for one year.


Your powder may last up to two years if properly stored.

Facial Cleansers

Facial cleansers are generally good for 12 months.

Pencil Eye Liner

If you are sharpening your pencil eye liner, it may last three years or even longer.

Eye Shadow

If you can get a good deal on some eye shadow, take advantage of it because it will last three years. Remember, you can also use your eye shadow as an under eye liner.

Make-Up Brushes

If you take good care of your brushes, they may last many years. Keep in mind that you are going to want to clean them every couple of months. If you are using a sponge for your concealer, be sure to toss it every week.

Lip Liner

Lip Liner will be good for three years.

Lip Stick

Lipstick will last a couple of years depending on the brand. Keep in mind that it will go bad after it while. If it starts to smell funny, get rid of it.


Your mascara isn’t going to last very long. You should usually replace it every four or five months. Keep in mind that it will dry out the more you pump air inside. This is why you should turn the wand inside the mascara tube rather than pump it.

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