Nov 11, 2014

Makeup and Tools Expiration

Although using old or expired makeup, unlike food, won’t poison you, it can make you sick. It harbors bacteria that can cause severe skin irritation, break-outs and infections.

Some products, like food, carry a date of expiration; others a number followed by the symbol “M” or “Y”. If the label says 12M, this means the product is good for 12 months after the seal has been broken or opened. Others have no date; therefore it’s good to know when your makeup should get the toss before it goes bad.

MASCARA – 3 Months

When it starts to clump or smell, throw it out. Twisting instead of pumping will prevent your mascara from drying out too quickly. And absolutely NO SHARING! You will spread germs, guaranteed!


Have you noticed the color changing or liquid separating? Time to buy a new one.


LIPSTICK – 12 Months; LIPGLOSS – 18 Months

If they start getting dry, goopy and thick, most likely they’re done.


Pencils last longer because you are constantly sharpening off the bacteria to expose new, clean product. Cream and liquid liners, much like mascara, only last a few months due to the double dipping; lots of bacteria!

POWDERS (Eyeshadow, Blush, Bronzer, Loose, Translucent…) – 2 Years

Powders last the longest of all makeup products since they are dry. But it is still essential to use clean sponges and brushes.


TOOLS: Sponges – 1-2 Months; Brushes and Metal Tools – No Exp.

Considering that you are washing your sponge after every use, or at least every few uses, you can keep it for a couple of months. Washing your brushes once every week or two will not only cut down the bacteria on your tools but also on your makeup. In between uses, mist with alcohol and you will be sure to keep any grimy germs from breeding out of control. For your metals, simply clean with alcohol before and after use.



  1. If it smells funny, trash it.
  2. If it dries out, chuck it.
  3. Keep a travel-sized bottle of alcohol to mist your products (yes, powders too) and tools after each use. This will keep bacteria to a minimum.
  4. Keep your makeup out of the heat. It will spoil if exposed to the sun and UV rays for extended periods of time.
  5. To reduce the growth of bacteria and extend the shelf life of your cream products, use a stainless steel makeup spatula and scoop out what you need for each application and work from the back of a clean hand. Remember to disinfect spatula with alcohol BEFORE and after each use.
  6. Store your makeup in a cool, dry place. Keeping some of your products in the fridge can extend their shelf life for up to 6 months.