When Does Makeup Expire?
Eyeliner: 6 months to 1 year
Gel eyeliner only lasts six to eight months. This is because you’re constantly double-dipping a brush into the jar. An eyeliner pencil has a shelf life of one year. If you’re using a pencil, you can sharpen it and it’s not going to be a breeding ground (for bacteria) as much.
Mascara: 3-6 months
To get the full amount of of your mascara, don’t make this mistake. A lot of us pump our mascara to get more on there, but that actually lets air in there! Not only does it dry out the formula but you’re also letting in bacteria.
Blush, eye shadow, and other powder cosmetics: 1-2 years
Powder lasts longer than wet formulas, but be sure to check them check them periodically. If the formula changes at all, throw it away.
Foundation: 6 months to 2 years
Foundation in a jar expires in around 6 months, but a pump formula can last one to two years.
Lipstick: 2 years
Changes in colour, texture or smell are all big warning signs that your lipstick has expired. If your lipsticks pass the test, clean them off, wipe them off, spray them with a little bit of alcohol just to keep them sanitised.
Natural products: 3-6 months
Think of your natural, preservative-free cosmetics as food. If you keep them in your fridge they’ll last a little bit longer, but the natural stuff is going to go way quicker!