The shelf life of your makeup products

March 1, 2016
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Ever wondered what the Shelf life of your Makeup Products are?

We are all guilty of having piles of make-up in our drawers or cosmetic bags that we sometimes use, can’t remember buying, but keep just in case! 

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This little open jar icon is the PAO (or Period After Opening) symbol, which manufacturers print on the labels of cosmetics as a guide for how long you can use the product once you have opened it.

Old makeup loses its quality and can even cause irritation and infections if it’s used past its expiration date. 

Cosmetics lasts a long time, but not forever…so here is a quick guide on the shelf life of your makeup products…

Blush (Powder) 2 years 

Blush (Cream) 12 to 18 months

Bronzer up to 2 years

Concealer up to 12 months

Eye Liner (Pencil) up to 3 years Sharpen your eye pencil before each use

Eye Liner (Liquid) up to 6 months

Eyeshadow (Cream) 12 to 18 months

Eyeshadow (Powder) 2 years

Foundation (Water-based) 12 months

Foundation (Oil-based) up to 18 months

Foundation (Compact) up to 18 months

Lip Gloss up to 2 years

Lip Liner up to 3 years 

Sharpen your lip pencils regularly.

Lipstick 2 to 4 years 

Store lipsticks in the refrigerator, they will last up to 2 years longer.

Make Up Brushes: No expiry date

Your make up brushes will last forever if you take care of them. Wash every 1 – 2 weeks in a mild detergent and let them air dry. If you take care of them you’ll never have to throw them out!

Make up Sponges: Wash weekly and discard monthly  

Mascara throw out after 3 months best stored in a cool dark place

Nail Polish: up to 3 years once opened. 

To help extend polish life store them in a cool dark place with consistent temperature. Keep the neck of the bottle clean so the lid closes properly. Once the drying agent has separated from the colour toss it out! No amount of shaking will resurrect it.

Perfume: 2 years after opening. 

Your perfume should be stored upright and kept in its original box. If your perfume is exposed to daylight the fragrance will rapidly deteriorate.

Translucent Powder: 2 years 

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