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When Do Makeup Products Expire?
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When was the last time you did a cleanout of your makeup bag? Chances are, it’s been awhile! Beauty products don’t last forever and as they age, the formula in them start to break down, which can cause breakouts and infections. Something we know you don’t want to deal with. Grab your makeup bag, take a seat, and throw away the products that have expired.

Beauty Sponges

Lasts: 3-6 months

Thanks to the material of our beloved beauty applicators, beauty sponges are more likely to harbor more bacteria than your traditional makeup brush which your skin won’t be too happy about. Be sure to clean your beauty sponges once a week. Look for and utlize cleaners that are free of dyes and can be used on both sponges and brushes and replace your sponge every six months at the very most.


Lasts: 3-6 months

Compared to other beauty products, mascara tends to have a shorter shelf life than other products. As the mascaras formula breaks own, the consistency of the product will change becoming dry and clumpy. Mascara is also very prone to bacteria since the applicator is stored within the product, so be sure to keep a fresh tube around to avoid any sort of eye infections.

Jared Products

Lasts: 6 months – 1 year

Any of your products that come in a screw-top jar (i.e. face masks, primers, lotions) that you dip your fingers or a brush into shouldn’t be kept for longer than a year because of the frequent exposure to the air and other bacteria that can come into contact with them via your fingers or brushes.


Lasts: 6-8 months

It’s important to keep your concealer fresh since the product is used to cover blemishes, which can be easily aggrivated by bacteria. Many concealers come in a tube similar to mascara, which means the applicator is stored within the product. Replace your concealer every 6-8 months to help keep breakouts at bay.


Lasts: 6 months – 1 year

If you use a liquid foundation that is distributed via a pump or tube, you’re in luck! These pumps and tubes protect your foundation from air exposure and will last you up to a year before the fomular starts to break down. If you use a foundation that comes in stick form, you won’t want to keep these longer than a year due to their constant exposure to the air and other elements. Over time they will start to dry out so if you’re ready to try a new foundation, this is the best time to try a liquid option!


Lasts: 1 year

Protecting your skin against harmful UV Rays is extremely important and any products you have that contain SPF or any sunscreens you have laying around your house should be tossed after 1 year. If the formula in your product is aging, it won’t protect your skin adequately.


Lasts: 6 months – 1 year

Most serums are packaged in air tight containers, but after a year the AHAs, BHAs, peptides, and retinoids in your beloved serums will start breaking down, causing them to work less-effectively. If you want to invest in a serum, don’t use the excuse of using it sparingly becuase it’ll just go to waste.


Lasts: 3-6 months

Your eyes are extremely sensitive, especially to bacteria and eyeliner is known for their absorption of bacteria. If you’re using a pencil eyeliner, sharpen it every-other-use to get rid of any bacteria and toss any felt-tip or smudge pot eyeliners after 3 months.


Lasts: 1-2 years

Depending on the type of lipstick you are using (liquid vs. solid) will have an effect on how long it will last. Liquid lipsticks that have an applicator have the applicator in product issue that mascara has. Regular tubed lipstick will last you 2 years (sometimes more) but once you see the color, texture, or smell change, it’s time to toss it.

Press Powders

Lasts: 1-2 years

Any products that come in pressed powder form – eyeshadows, powder foundations, blush, bronzer – will last you a long time but they start breaking down once your brush touches the product, your face, and the product again from the natural oils.

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