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Know About The Shelf Life Of Makeup Products And When To Throw Them Away

It is essential to know when your makeup has expired and when to get a new one. Read on.  
  • Krati Purwar
  • Editorial
Published -25 Jun 2022, 15:06 ISTUpdated -25 Jun 2022, 15:16 IST
makeup products expiry date

Makeup products have a definite shelf life and a designated expiry date beyond which you must throw them away. Applying expired products can cause skin issues like rashes, redness, blisters, swelling and bumps. This article will tell you about the shelf life of the most commonly used makeup products and when is the time to throw them away.

Brow Pencil 

For brow pencils, the shelf life is one year. However, you must store them in a dry place, and definitely away from the bathroom, where the humidity percentage is high. It will help to extend the life of the pencil. However, it is better to replace it after a year.


foundation expiry

Foundation is one of the most used makeup products to create a flawless base, and its shelf life depends on the texture. For example, a powdered foundation will work for two years. On the other hand, the shelf life of a liquid foundation extends to only 18 months. 

To extend its life, you must keep your fingers away from the neck of the bottle. It will keep the product germ-free. You must pour a little amount on the back of your hand before applying it to the face. However, if you see the product separating in the bottle, it is time to throw it away.


Mascara comes with a shelf life of only three months. If you use it regularly, it is crucial to replace it frequently to prevent eye infections. The best way to decide when to throw it is to cross-check if the formula has turned clumpy or smells funny. With mascara, you must also avoid sharing it with anyone, or the brush will catch the germs.


lipstick expiry

The shelf life of lipsticks (prevent lipsticks from melting) is the same as brow pencils, 12 months. Check the texture to identify if it is the time to toss your favourite lip colour in a dustbin. Whether it has dried out or turned into a goopy lump, it is time to invest in a new one. However, you can extend the life of lipstick by storing it in a dry place.


Eyeliners have a short shelf life of three months. Since it is a liquid product, it is prone to catching germs. Therefore, you must toss it out of the makeup bag within three months and avoid lending it to anyone. Even if the liner’s texture and smell are intact, it is advised to get a new one after three months.

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Eyeshadow & Blush

eyeshadow expiry

If your eyeshadow and blush have powder texture, the shelf life of the products is between two and three years. However, the products are cream-based, and their life is only one year. If the makeup items lose texture and pigmentation, it is better to throw them away.

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Makeup Brushes

Contrary to popular misconceptions, makeup brushes have a definite shelf life. If you notice that brushes are shedding bristles or do not offer the coverage to their full potential, it is time to start researching for a replacement. 

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