Some General Makeup Expiration Guidelines.
if it smells, stinks, has a distinct odor that should not be, throw it away! I am amazed at how long women will keep cosmetics that have a bad odor, THROW IT!
and since cosmetics manufacturers aren’t yet required by law to put expiration dates on their products, it’s up to us to ditch the expired ones.
Oil-free foundation: 1 year
Cream or compact foundation: 18 months
Concealer: 12-18 months
Powder: 18 months - 2 years. Liquid foundation may start to separate when its past its prime, but it usually lasts a good 6 months before you need to throw it out.
Blush and bronzer: 2 years
Cream blush: 12-18 months
Powder eyeshadow: 2 years
Cream eyeshadow: 12-18 months
Eyeliner: 2 years
Liquid eyeliner: 3-6 months
Mascara: 3 months. Plus, after 3 months you’ll notice that it’s stopped performing as well, so it’s not a total loss to throw it out even if there’s product left. To avoid the death of your mascara, don’t pump the wand in and out of the tube as this pushes air into the tube. Upon pulling the wand out, twist the wand to pick up more product.
Lipstick: 2 years
Lip liner: 2 years
Lip gloss: 18-24 months
Nail color: 1 year. Nail polish will become stringy and/or gooey and hard to apply when it goes bad.
Fragrance: 2-5 years.
Sponge: 1 month. even with cleaning after every use (which you should OFTEN do) because it collects bacteria.