Did you know makeup expires?! Well it does! I was always slightly aware of this. The makeup I first purchased in high school was long past its expiration when I used it in college. I had a sense I needed to trash it all when I would break out every time I used it.
Back when Tyra Banks had a television show, she discussed this issue in an episode and I decided to throw out all my makeup and purchase new but still didn’t have any clue how long my makeup would last.
So…do you know what all these makeup products have in common??
They all have expiration dates listed on the back!
Well, not expiration dates per se, but they do indicate how long they are good for. Based upon the date of purchase, you can gage when they should be discarded.
Most of these are products I have purchased recently so I know exactly when the expiration date would be. Of course, 23 months down the line will I remember, probably not.
I found some labels I had left over from another project and cut them to a smaller size. Using the date of purchase and the number of months they are good for, I calculated their expected expiration date. I then wrote the expiration date on the small labels and placed them on each product.
Makeup can be a wonderful place for bacteria to harbor, so in addition to throwing out expired makeup, its also a great idea to look into ways to disinfect your makeup from time to time.
Not all makeup comes with expiration dates, if you have some that you are not sure about, make sure to find out the best time frame to discard them in.
Here are some general guidelines for different types of makeup
||2 – 3 months
|Liquid foundation & concealer
||6 – 12 months
||2 years / 1 year
||1 – 2 years
|Powder, Eye Shadow, & Blush
||8 – 10 years