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Does Makeup Expire?

Does Makeup Have An Expiry Date?

Nothing lasts forever, makeup and cosmetics included. All of those stashes of makeup and shelves of bath and body products you’ve collected will expire.

It really sucks to spend big bucks on expensive products that may get tossed, but all those creams and oils will go rancid, all preservatives will break down and many strains of bacteria will breed after a product has been open for too long.
Although there are no strict rules in place when it comes to makeup and expiration dates, many cosmetic companies mark a best before date onto their products or product packaging.

The FDA reported (revised October 15, 2002);

“Consumers should be aware that expiration dates are simply “˜rules of thumb,’ and that a product’s safety may expire long before the expiration date if the product has not been properly stored. Cosmetics that have been improperly stored ““ for example, exposed to high temperatures or sunlight, or opened and examined by consumers prior to final sale ““ may deteriorate substantially before the expiration date.
On the other hand, products stored under ideal conditions may be acceptable long after the expiration date has been reached.”

Experts may vary in their guidelines, but all agree that mascara will expire quickest and is the most likely to cause infections, such as pink eye.

*Expiration dates are simply “rules of thumb” and a product’s safety may expire long before the expiration date if a product hasn’t been stored properly*


Some Good “Rule of Thumb” Guidelines To Follow When It Comes To Your Makeup and Expiration Dates:
Expiration dates marked on a product begin on the manufacture date.
Products without a marked expiration date begin when a product is opened for the first time unless otherwise noted.

Liquid foundation: 3-6 months

(Foundation in a bottle should last 3-6 months opened, but wide mouthed bottles can expose the product to more oxygen and should be tossed sooner. You’ll know it’s time to purchase a new bottle when the ingredients begin to settle or separate, the texture thickens or thins, or the smell changes.)
Unopened Foundation will last for 1 year.

Cream or Compact Foundation: 6-8 months

Concealer: 1 year

(Unless a wand applicator is used, then you should only use it for 6 months.)

Face Powders/ Powder Eye Shadow: 1-2 Years

Blush and Bronzer: 2 years

Cream Blush: 6-12 months

Cream Eyeshadow: 12-18 months

Pencil Eyeliner: 1-2 years

Liquid Eyeliner: 3-6 months

Mascara: 90 days or 3 months (Be very careful when using older mascara)

Lipstick: 2 years

Pencil Lip liner: 2 years

Lip gloss: 18-24 months

Nail color: 1 year

Perfumes/ Oils/ Fragrances: 2-5 years (If stored properly, Keep out of direct sun light)

Natural or All Natural Cosmetics and Products: 6 months

Among other cosmetics that are likely to have an unusually short shelf life are “all natural” products that contain plant-derived ingredients (which are conducive to bacterial growth) or products with no preservatives.

Shampoo/Conditioner: 2 years

Moisturizer/Lotions: 2 years (Although lotions that have gone past there expiration date will not harm your skin, they will not lock in moisture as well.)

Sunscreen SPF: 1-2 Years

Makeup brushes: Clean often and when needed using a mild detergent or shampoo.

Makeup sponges: Wash frequently, Replace weekly, or when sponge becomes too soiled. (Do not use beyond one month)

Check to see if your products have a marked expiration date on them.

Some manufactures will print a date on it, some will mark it with a picture of an open jar with number followed by an “m” for months.

Be sure to toss anything on your shelves that has gone beyond it’s shelf life.


TIPS To Keep you Safe and Your Makeup Clean

  • Always begin your cosmetics routine with a clean face.
  • Smell your cosmetics; take note if they have an unusual odor, they may contain bacteria and should be discarded.
  • Always make sure that products are closed tightly and stored out of direct sunlight, as this can destroy the preservatives.
  • Do’t store makeup where there is extreme temperature changes.
  • Don’t use any eye products if you currently have an eye infection, as you may contaminate the makeup product and spread the infection further.
  • If there are any changes in color and/or texture, of a product dispose of the product immediately.
  • Avoid sampling makeup at department stores when possible.
  • If you do test, never apply directly from the makeup. Instead, use a clean, disposable applicator (i.e., cotton swab, sponge, brush) to apply cosmetics. This will prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.
  • Do’t share mascara with others. You may share makeup with your friends, but have them apply with a brush rather then there fingers or directly to there skin. (i.e. Use a Lip Stick Brush, do’t wipe the lipstick directly on your lips.)

If you follow these simple guidelines and tips then you will always be sure to be getting the highest quality out of your products, and be sure that what your using is still preserved properly and safe.