Is It Time To Throw Away Your Old Makeup?

You love the M.A.C Studio Fix Foundation you bought some time ago. But if you don’t seem to remember when you picked it up, it’s probably time to inspect your beauty products.

Cosmetics do have a shelf life and usage beyond that can lead to infections and breakouts. It’s like consuming stale food. All of us have made the mistake of using our beauty products longer than advised, learning the hard way to give it a toss. We tell you the shelf life of cosmetics, so you know the right time to invest in a new one.

1) Foundation, Primer, Concealer
It is easy to tell when a foundation has met its bereavement, yet we ignore the most obvious signs. The product getting runny, developing a strange odour and texture change are screaming signs for you to invest in a new product.

Foundation, Primer: 1 year
Concealer: 1.5 years

2) Eyeliner And Mascara
These are the least lasting makeup products. Mascara can very easily catch bacteria as the brush comes in contact with your lashes and goes back into the tube. Similarly, liquid liners are also quick to attract germs. When your liner or mascara starts to clump and dry out, it means it’s been around for too long. Give it a break!


Liquid Eyeliner: 6 months
Mascara : 3 to 6 months
Eye pencil : 2 years

3) Eyeshadow And Blush
Keep one rule in mind—powder-based products have a longer shelf life than cream-based ones. When your cream shadow and blush changes colour or becomes loose and runny, toss it in the bin.


Powder eye shadow and blush: 2 years
Cream eye shadow and blush: 1 year

4) Lipsticks
Your lipstick can last really long, so don’t be afraid to invest in a rich shade. If the lipstick, however, starts smelling (and tasting) off, it’s time to kiss it goodbye. Foolproof tip: keep it in the freezer for it to live its fullest life.


Lipsticks and lip liners: 2 years

5) Creams and Lotions
These usually have the expiry date clearly specified on the packaging. Make sure you check it and set yourself a mental alarm.


Creams, moisturisers, sunscreens: Upto 1 year

In general, if your cosmetics have reached the ‘classic’ stage, it’s time to bin them right away. Take care of your skin—it will thank you for it.

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