Save or Toss? – Makeup Expiration Guide

downloadWe all have that feeling when we don’t want to throw away our favorite foundation base color, or the creamy eyeshadow that made us look amazing. Although we had soo many memories to share with that mascara and gave us the most beaustiful full lashes. The ugly truth is that when they gotta go, just throw them out

  1. Mascara – 3 months.
    • Liquid formulas harbor more bacteria than we might think. it gives them a good medium to develop. Throw it away now, so you won’t regret having an eye infection later on.
  2. Liquid Liner – 6months.
    • Liquid eyeliners present the same concerns as mascara.
    • However, Pencil eyeliners, should last you up two years. Sharpen your pencil with each use to keep it fresh. Unless you are like me and need a pencil eyeliner every 2 months.
  1. Foundation – 6 months – 1 year
    • If it’s stanky then it’s gotta go. if it changes in color or texture, it’s gotta go.
    • Most foundations should last you up to a year, but if you’re prone to acne, think about tossing yours every six months.
    • Check the label on the foundation bottle, it would show you a small bottle with either “12M” or “6M” or “24M”
  2. Lipgloss – 12 months
    • Because of the liquid consistency, lipgloss needs to be replaced more often than lipstick. Swap yours out every 12 months.
    • You would probably swap it out, because you’d fall inlove with a new color by the end of the season.
  3. Concealer – 1 – 2 years
    • As with liners, the longevity of concealers depends on consistency. Liquid concealer should be tossed after one year, but powder concealer is fine up to two years.
    • Powder concealers won’t harvest any bacteria, because bacteria need a moist environment.
  4. Nail Polish – 2years
    • If you notice a change in color or a funky smell, it’s time to part ways with your polish. In general, it should last you up to two years and some have expiration dates on the back of the bottle. 
  5. Lipstick – up to 2 years
    • Consider it a long-term relationship- lipstick can last up to two years! Dispose if your lipstick becomes dry or changes hues.
  6. Powder, Blush, Bronzer, Eyeshadow – these can last a while
    • With proper care, and clean brushes, powder-based products can last for a couple of years.

Kouka’s tip:Always and I do mean always clean your brushes, especially if you use liquid products. First to prolong the shelf life of the brushes, and to prevent acne.

Well I guess I have some early spring cleaning to do.
Bye for now


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