When To Throw Out Expired Makeup

As much as we all love makeup and despite how much money we spend on these beautiful items, they will not last forever. It’s a very sad thing to admit but it’s true; a lot of your makeup (especially if you’re a collector/obsessed with product) will go bad before you get to use it all up.

There are items that you will be able to tell went bad while others are a little more difficult to detect, which is why it’s important to understand a timeline of when things expire.

The thing to remember is that the expiration does not begin until you open the product; so you can have back up of products but as long as they’re still sealed and untouched, you can keep them!

Some items have a very short shelf life while others you can keep for a few years but I’m going to break it down for you.

2-3 Months:

This is the shortest shelf life of makeup products and the most important to pay attention too because they involve eye products. All mascaras have a shelf life of 3 months at most, and they are the easiest product to go through; therefore you may not have too many old mascaras lying around. Just make sure to toss them after the allotted time.

A skincare product that you may not realize goes bad are face masks, which also have a expiration date of 3 months.

6 months-1 year:

A lot of items fall into this category so it’s important to pay attention to what you’re using after this period of time.

Liquid eyeliners, liquid foundations, and concealers fall into this realm; eyeliners are another relatively easy item to go through even if you have a handful in your collection so you may not have a year old eyeliner.

As for foundation and concealer, these are more difficult to go through and may not be that easy to tell if they’ve gone bad. Keep an eye on the consistency and smell of both as you near the 1 year mark and throw them out once that has passed.

2 Years

If you have anything longer than two years, it’s time to throw it out! It’s not safe or good to use. The makeup that is okay to keep up to two years are: all powders including foundation and eyeshadow, lipstick, and lip & eye liners in pencil form.

laura geller-makeup expiration

PS: On all Laura Geller products (and all cosmetics) there is a symbol on the back or bottom of the tube/compact that will say how many months the product is good for. This should help you keep track of what is safe to use and what is not.

I hope this was useful to all of you but if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below!




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