I’ve never been able to remember how long to keep beauty products. I’m even worse at remembering how long I’ve had mine. Did I buy this last year? Or was it two years ago? Is mascara okay for 3 months or 6? Or.. wait, was it one year?
The US doesn’t have laws requiring cosmetic manufactures to put expiration dates on their products so instead — do it yourself! My solution is simple: use a permanent market to write on the beauty product when you purchased it and when it expires. Because many cosmetics come in dark packaging, I keep a silver permanent pen on hand to ensure visibility.
There is a lot of varying information on how long to keep cosmetics. After comparing and contrasting a number of sources, these are the general guidelines that I use.
- Mascara: 3 months
- Eyeliner: 1 year
- Liquid Foundation: up to 18 months
- Nail Polish: up to 18 months
- Powder: 2 years
- Blush: 2 years
- Eye Shadow: 2 years
- Lipstick: 2 years