​How Long Should I Keep My Makeup?


Image source: www.stylecraze.com

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.


image source: http://www.makeup.com/


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 polish

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…

  • Dominica

    Amazing post hun, as usual.
    Thank you for sharing this with us hun.
    Follow my blog if you’d like to join my monthly give-away.
    Check out my new post whenever you can:

  • great post ! I didn’t realised how long you could keep make up etc..some of my lipsticks are over 5 years old …oups !!!!! 🙂
    time for a spring clean.


  • Wow, I keep my makeup way too long.

    x Karen

  • Laura

    I do keep my makeup longer. If it doesn’t look weird or smell bad I keep it. But its good to keep these expiration dates in mind x

    • I totally agree, I use the expiration dates as a guideline but some is just abit too much especially buying a new mascara everything 3 months

  • This is such a useful post! I’d say I stick to them all apart from nail polish – some of mine are ancient – eek!

    • Hahaha Especially the shades you don’t always use I recently cleared up so much old crap

  • Tanya van Tonder

    Love this post hun. Good job. =D

    • Aww thank you Tanya! Hope you are well

      • Tanya van Tonder

        You are so welcome hun. I am doing great and yourself?

  • It’s as if you are in my brain!! The weekend I was looking at my bottle of foundation and thought no! It looks dodgy and feels dodgy and I thought it must be expired or something… So reading this post, I am sure I was right. It makes me sad though because its only half used, and its MAC!!

    Nihaad – the little blog of STUFF

    • Ahh that is such a waste and especially knowing how expensive MAC is

  • I definitely never used to pay attention to this, I will be more aware of changing up my mascara too now I think! thank you xx

    • Haha I never pay attention to this especially the mascara expiry date but theres probably tons of bacteria forming lol

  • Pam Scalfi

    I already knew about this and try to follow the mascara part, but I will NEVER throw my nakeds away :p

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • Haha I totally get it the mascara one is abit too much especially when using a high end mascara theres no way I would buy a new one every 3 months ☺

  • The Mora Smoothie

    Great post dear!!
    Kisses Paola


  • Jessica Simon

    thanks for sharing (and reminding us haha!)

    Beauty Appetite

  • Surbhi Suri

    exactly what I had been looking for. Thank you for posting.New Post on my blog, do drop by soon ,<3

  • Corinne C

    I usually keep my eyeshadow a bit longer than that, oops!

    Corinne x

  • This is such an helpful post, I never payed attention to the expiration dates of makeup products, but I think I will try to follow some of them!


  • This is so helpful! I am definitely guilty of holding on to makeup longer than I should sometimes!

    xo, Liz

  • I’m quite good with my liquid primers/foundation/concealers as I do throw them out regularly when I feel like they have lived their shelf life. But I don’t think I have thrown out powders before or eyeshadows x

    Beauty with charm

  • Harija Ravi

    Great post, love your blog!


  • Nice post… Very helpful☺

  • I’m so glad you posted this! I think I need to have a major cleanout of my makeup drawers!

    Doused In Pink

  • Wow! That’s interesting, Candice! Thanks for sharing! I tend to collect eyeshadows and lip glosses, gotta check for how long I’m keeping them already! 😉


  • I don’t think I’ve thrown away many stuff. If they look/smell fine then I just keep them 🙂


  • I had no idea the date for liquid liners was so short too, like mascaras 🙂

    Velvet Blush

  • This is a very important post – I was used to keeping my makeup for years, but it’s so dangerous!

    – Deniz


  • Omg, I have to throw away most of my mascaras! Well, that might be a perfect excuse for shopping hahaha. I knew this more or less about liquid products, but not at all about powders! I think that most of us should do a makeup clean-up soon if this is true…
    Have an amazing day, you’ve done an amazing post xx


  • Antoinette Frances

    Ahh this post is so great! I usually go through my products relatively fast… except nail polishes! They always end up going clumpy for me haha http://bonbongirls.co.nz

  • Such a useful post! Thanks for sharing these timelines.

    Keisha xo

  • Indeed! There’s many posts on this topic but I think yours is more useful. I can even print it out and stick it up over dresser 🙂

  • Thanks for this. I didn’t know about the lipgloss going bad when very sticky. And nail polish, really. Shew! I must be more mindful of what I buy. It’s so hard to throw away a product especially if it’s not finished or if it had cost a fortune. But I guess, we should think about how we wouldn’t eat food gone past an expiry date, the same would apply for our makeup

  • Selma
  • Very nice post it’s good to know how long makeup actually lasts.

  • this is a great post, but you forgot, makeup can be expired by improper use and storage! ????

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  • Carolin

    I’m guilty of keeping my mascara for as long as possible. I’ve also always wondered how long I can keep eyeshadow. Thanks for sharing x

    Caz | Style Lingua

  • Thank you so much for this insightful, helpful post. I didn’t even know about how of this either…. I’m incredibly guilty when it comes to my mascara.

    Yours truly,
    Micah xo

  • It’s so important to change makeup out.


  • Valencia

    A really useful post! I am definitely one of those guilty people who don’t really pay attention of my makeup lifespan 😡 will try to keep track from now on 🙂

    Visit VALENCIALALA.blogspot.com

    NEW POST – Do you want white skin?

    Shop @vanitygoods

  • I am soooo terrible when it comes to following expiration dates haha! I just wish makeup could last forever, it stinks building a huge collection of products that you’ll never be able to use up in time 🙁


  • Megan Andrews

    Note to self. Use what you have, before purchasing anything else.