When Does Makeup Expire? Storage Options & Free Printable10:16 AM
So, when should you get rid of your makeup? How long do you think you can keep that tube of mascara? How about that lipstick you love, but can't remember the last time you wore it? Some of us are makeup hoarders. I'm guilty to some extent. I have eye shadow from my teenage years, but is it a good idea to keep that stash of old stuff? What is the oldest makeup item in your bag right now?
- Oil-Free Foundation: 1 year
- Cream or Compact Foundation: 18 months
- Concealer: 12-18 months
- Powder: 2 years
- Blush and Bronzer: 2 years
- Cream Blush: 12-18 months
- Powder Eye Shadow: 2 years
- Cream Eye Shadow: 12-18 months
- Eyeliner: 2 years
- Liquid Eyeliner: 3-6 months
- Mascara: 3 months
- Lipstick: 2 years
- Lip Liner: 2 years
- Lip Gloss: 18-24 months
- Nail Color: 1 year
- Clean Your Makeup Brushes Once A Month
It's best that you try to avoid storing your makeup in the bathroom if you can help it. The hot steam from showers and constant moisture actually breaks down your makeup and shortens it's life. It is also good practice not to store your makeup brushes out in the open on your vanity because whenever a toilet is flushed bacteria is set into the air up to 6 feet and can land on your brushes. This can cause breakouts and skin irritation. Yeah, and uh it's pretty gross!
You can also store them in your medicine cabinet. This will keep the bacteria away and still keep them within reach. I love these clear magnetic containers!
You can even store them in your bedroom. Whether or not you have a vanity, it is super easy to place them on your dresser or nightstand and jazz up the container. This idea serves it's purpose, is aesthetically pleasing and is small enough to fit anywhere.