Date Your Makeup, Not For Its Looks, But Because It Expires

How Long Should You Keep Makeup

*Do not share makeup*

Write the date on the product when you open a cosmetic for the first time.

Unless you notice a funny smell or the color has turned, you can store makeup:

  • Liquid foundation: 1 year
  • Oil-free foundations: 1 year
  • Moisturizing foundations: 18 months
  • Face Powders: 18 months – 2 years
  • Stick concealers: 18 months
  • Liquid concealers: 1 year
  • Cream Blushes: 1 year
  • Powder Blushes: 2 years
  • Lip gloss: 6 months
  • Lipstick: 1 year
  • Lip Liners: 2 years. Sharpen before each use - bacteria!
  • Mascara: 3 months - bacteria!
  • Liquid eyeliner: 3 months - bacteria!
  • Eye pencils: 2 years. Sharpen before each use - bacteria!
  • Gel Eye Liners – 2 months - bacteria!
  • Liquid Eye Shadows: 12 months
  • Creme Eye Shadows: 6 months
  • Powder Eye Shadows: 2 years - if you wet them, 6 months
  • Nail Polish: When it starts to separate

Store away from heat - bacteria!

Don’t dip your finger into the bottle – Apply with a brush or sponge. - bacteria!

  • Don’t double dip.

Clean brushes and sponges frequently  - bacteria!

  • Hang brushes upside down to dry – it helps keep the shape and let any extra water drip out, not down where it can gather  - bacteria!
  • Wash or replace applicators frequently - bacteria!

Do you have an eye infection? You’ll need to throw out all the eye make up and applicators you used from the time you developed symptoms. The virus or bacteria that caused the infection has probably taken up residence in your make up, so using those cosmetics again could cause you to develop another infection.