Ask Kaylin: Makeup Expiration Dates
How long can I use my makeup? If it still looks okay, can I keep using it past its "expiration date"?
|Toss Mascara after 4-6 months.|
If you're looking for general guidelines for replacing makeup, check out these tips:
- Mascara lasts about 4-5 months.
- Liquid foundations and cream products typically have a lifespan of 6-12 months.
- Lip products last up to two years.
- Powders (such as finishing powders, blush, and eye shadows) and pencils (lip and eye) last about 2-3 years.
- Product separation (such as an oily layer on top)
- Unusual smell or odor
- A change in texture
- Color change
- Anything else suspicious (mold, , etc.)
If in doubt, toss it out! When it's time to get rid of your makeup, check out these tips for disposal..
- Check your email for order confirmations if you can't remember when you bought a product (from an online store).
- If you don't use a lot of makeup, powders may be better investments than liquids or creams, as they have a longer lifespan.
- Buy trial sizes of products you don't plan to use often to reduce waste.
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