Ever left some makeup in the bottom of your beauty bag and rediscovered it two years later? It’s possible that rediscovery you were so excited about could leave you with an infection.
Like expired food, expired makeup can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria that, when applied, can cause infection. Unlike food, makeup expiration dates are not completely obvious so we’re here to sort fact from fiction with this go-to guide for your makeup’s shelf life and some quick tips on making it last a little longer.
How can I tell if my makeup is expired?
- Smell your cosmetics; if they have an unusual odor, be safe and discard
- Mascara is one to watch out for, it expires in just three months! Expired mascara will have a gasoline-like smell and will be dry and cakey.
- Anything liquid and all lip products tend to dry up when it is expired
- Powders often develop a film of dust when they’ve expired
- Cream powders will show tiny moist droplets
- Any colour changes in makeup can signal expiration
- Nail polish becomes clumpy with pigments sitting at the bottom
- If your products texture has changed dramatically, it’s probably expired
From the time you first open your product, you should discard after…
Powders and shadows: 2 years
Cream shadows: 12 to 18 months
Foundation: 1 year
Lipstick & lipliner: 1 year
Mascara & eyeliners: 3 months
Makeup brushes: Clean weekly using a mild detergent
Make your Makeup Last the Extra Mile
- Make sure you store products closed tight and stored out of sunlight, as this can destroy the preservatives.
- If you have an eye infection absolutely step away from all your eye products. Eyeshadow, liner, mascara, everything should be put away until the infection clears up and if you accidentally use something, throw it out.
- Mineral eyeshadows can be mixed with water but it’s best practice to take a bit of the eyeshadow out and blend with water on your hand rather than applying direct to the product.
- Wash out your brushes and sponges regularly and sponges should be replaced at least once a month
After reading this guide, are you thinking it’s about time you updated some of your products? Are you guilty of hoarding makeup for years? Clean out your makeup stores, wash all your brushes, purchase new high-quality brushes to replace any that are seriously sparse and head to the ELES shop to replace any products that needed throwing out!