When to Toss Out Make-Up and Beauty Products

According to Beauty.about.com, here’s a quickie list of the shelf life of most make-up and beauty products:

Concealer: Up to 12 months
Powder: 2 years
Cream & gel cleansers: 1 year
Pencil eye liner: should be sharpened regularly. Will last up to 3 years.
Eyeshadow: will also last up to 3 years
Brushes: Wash every 2-3 months in a mild detergent.
Sponges: Wash weekly and discard monthly.
Foundation: Check the ingredients: A water-based foundation will last up to 12 months, oil-based will last up to 18 months.
Lip liner: Up to 3 years
Lipstick: Some experts say 1-2 years. Others say up to 4 years. What everyone agrees on is that if it smells rancid, throw it out, it’s spoiled. Extra tip: If you store lipstick in the refrigerator, it will last longer.
Mascara: This product expires the fastest: Throw out after 4 months.
Nail Polish: Up to 12 months, depending on the quality

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4 thoughts on “When to Toss Out Make-Up and Beauty Products

  1. thats a brilliant post. no one every thinks to blog about the shelf life but we can get eye infections and really gross things like that if we let makeup sit too long. good advice… hope everyone takes it!

  2. I’m particular about my make-up and even toss the powder puffs in my powder compact pretty frequently. I keep a stash to replace the puff as soon as they are coated with powder and a likely breeding ground for germs.

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