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When Does Makeup Expire?

Posted by Alexandra C. | Thursday January 17, 201318 comments

I've mentioned this before but I am notorious for keeping every single piece of makeup for about a million years. No matter how cheap it was, no matter how well it worked and no matter how broken it is now. I'm what you'd call a beauty hoarder. A boarder, if you will. 

Because of this affliction, I've massed a huge collection of half used products and many of these have actually been collected from other people (although I draw the line at mascara). It has recently come to my attention that this might not be the best thing in the world. Did you know that makeup has expiration dates.
So, how long can you keep your coveted beauty products? Well, we've created a handy dandy guide with approximate dates for the shelf life of your products! 

Pro Tip: A good rule of thumb to follow is that if it smells bad, it probably is. You'll notice especially with lipsticks that they get a strong, somewhat chemical smell. 

Do you keep track of your makeup expiry dates or toss old products out on a regular basis?
(via mollysims.com, beauty.about.com, marieclaire.com
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on January 26, 2013  lindsaycyr  2,919 said:

Wow, thanks for sharing this. I am horrible at keeping makeup well past the expiry dates, I still have lipstick, eye liner and lip liner that I used in my wedding...in 2008..Yikes!

on January 25, 2013  Racenhawk  2,604 said:

I don't follow those guidelines, but it's good to know

on January 22, 2013  cameesan  946 said:

Thank you for the Alex, but when you clean your brushes; clean your face before using the makeup, and do not let anyone use it. They last longer just always remember to have a little TLC to your things once in awhile. :)

on January 20, 2013  bluejay92  2,619 said:

i keep my makeup for so long i forget to throw my mascaras out . they do have a bad smell . great article .

on January 18, 2013  shanaz  5,984 said:

The mascara and eye products are the only ones that truly concern me, as I have been prone to eye irritations in the past... Goodbye Diorshow!

on January 17, 2013  LissaG  6,010 said:

I'm definitely also a "boarder"....i've had a bin of old makeup under my sink for years now. This article has sparked my motivation to go home and promptly throw it out. It's time. RIP old friends.

on January 17, 2013  fredamans  10,260 said:

I am a makeup hoarder too.... I know I still have stuff from the 90's!!

on January 17, 2013  Bren  24,022 said:

I like to use this Cosmetic Calculator often....Just put in the brand and the products batch code and it tell you how old that product is.


on January 17, 2013  Becky  13,008 said:

I'll be honest with you, I really don't keep track of when I open my makeup or when it expires. I keep it and use it until it smells bad or separates or looks bad. My skin doesn't react to older makeup either sooooo I'm assuming this technique is working for me? Let's hope it stays that way!

on January 17, 2013  AlexJC  50 said:

I'm really bad at following these guidelines but I will try and toss out old mascaras just because I don't want to risk an eye infection!

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