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When should you get rid of your makeup products?

We all know that the food in our cupboards and fridges have sell by dates and we usually abide by them. However, not everyone knows that the make-up that we use also has a shelf life.

According to a study by the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 70% of the 44 women evaluated have used or are using some type of expired products. Mainly mascaras or eye-shadows.

As a general rule, products that contain water have the shortest shelf life. This is because in moist environments the bacteria has a better opportunity to grow than in products that contain no water.


  • Face and Body moisturizers and serums: 6 months to 1 year

  • Cleansers: 1 year

  • Toners: 6 months to 1 year

  • Lip Balms: 1 year

  • Sample packets of anything: 1 day

  • Foundations and concealer (not powder): 6 months to 1 year

  • Mascara: 4 to 6 months. If mascara is dried out, toss it. Do not add water to extend its life.

  • Liquid eyeliner, pencils, gels: 4 to 6 months max.

  • Lipstick, lip pencils, lip-gloss: 2 – 3 years

  • Powder based products: 2 – 3 years


  • DO tighten the cap after use

  • DO store products in a cabinet or drawer

  • DO keep them out of direct sunlight

  • DO keep note of when you opened the product by writing on them in a sharpie on the container

  • DO throw away eye products if you have had an eye infection

  • DON’T buy products packaged in a jar. These have an almost 100% chance of being contaminated by bacteria and dirty hands.

  • DON’T pump your mascara. This will allow air to seep in and help bacteria grow.

  • DON’T share your products with others.

  • DON’T store products in a fridge, unless it is stated on the packaging.

  • Most products are designed to withstand average temperature fluctuations but not long periods in either hot or cold climates. This will reduce their life span.

If you are in need of new products or a new, updated look or makeup lesson and you live in NJ, contact me to set up an appointment!

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