Unlike our foods, cosmetics don’t come with expiration dates.
I think it would be stellar to have it imprinted on the side of the actual lipstick, or engraved into the plastic casing of your shadow duo. Or someone just needs to come up with a makeup line called “Expiration” and part of their genius would be to stamp the exact moment of demise on each item. I know, I’m astonishingly brilliant.
So, without further adieu…
Mascara and Liquid Eye Liners: 3 months.
Liquid Face Makeup, Cream Eye Shadow: 3-6 months.
Natural/Mineral Cosmetics: 6 months, the shelf life for these is short due to the lack of preservatives in the product.
Powder Face Makeup, Powder Eye Shadows, Pencil Eye Liners, Lipstick, Lip gloss: 2 years.
Eye and lip pencils: discard when they become dry, crumbly, and hard to apply – otherwise you can prolong their lifespan if you sharpen them regularly.
- Make sure to always keep your makeup in a cool dry place – eye/lip pencils and lipsticks you don’t often use can be refrigerated.
- Pumping your mascara will dry it out much faster and spread bacteria inside the tube – try swirling the wand instead.
- If you have a stye in your eye or a cold sore on your lip – immediately discard of products you have used on the are, otherwise you are just spreading the love and perpetuate lack of healing.
- Don’t share your cosmetics with anyone unless you are fully prepared to disinfect them instantly.