I had no idea that all makeup actually had a shelf life. I’ve always thought that I could keep and use my makeup until they were used up – but oh boy was I wrong…
Makeup actually do have expiry dates on them and because of bacteria formulating it’s best to try and stick to those expiry dates.
So if you often asked yourself - How Long Should I Keep My Makeup? Well I’ve got you covered ladies! Different makeup products have different life spans, I made a list of how long experts advise us to keep using these beauty products.
These are one of the products which has the shortest shelf lives, it’s suggest to use then for 3 months before getting rid of them. I am definitely guilty of clinging onto my favourite mascara for its dear life and using every product in that tube.
Any cream bases foundation should be kept for 6 -12 months, because they contain oil this tends to make you bream out easier. Powder foundations can be used for about 2 years!
Lipsticks can be used for up to 2 years, you can also test whether they have gone bad by noticing if they have gone dry – this is a sign that they are off and can’t be used.
For lipglosses they can only be kept for 1 year because of the rube that you are constantly taking out product and putting it back in, bacteria easily breeds.. Once your Lipgloss becomes really sticky this is also a sign that that’s gone bad.
Any powder eyeshadow can be used for up to 2 years and for cream eyeshadow it’s suggested to last for 1 – 1 and half years.
Blushes and Bronzer
Again it seems that powder products can be used longer… 2 years for powdered blushes and bronzer and cream blushes and bronzer only lasts for one year.
Concealers can be used for about a year before they expire, I have noticed mine got really clumpy.
Nail polishes expire after 2 years of using them.. These are definitely one of the products I never thought would have an expiration date on them.
This makes me second guess using so many different products at once, with makeup having expiration dates I think I’m going to stick to finishing one product before moving on to another. To me the most shocking has got to be my mascara I never thought I’d need to get a new one just after 3 months of using one…