You probably don’t think about beauty products going bad like food, but makeup and even nail polish have expiration dates. While using old foundation won’t make you sick, it can cause breakouts or irritation. Find out how long your favorite beauty products last – and when to know it’s time to let them go.

MASCARA

SHELF-LIFE
2 – 3 months

WHEN TO TOSS
As soon as you notice it’s getting clumpy or smells weird, toss it out!

TIP! Stop sharing mascara!

This is a guaranteed way to spread germs. If you have to share, use disposable applicators and no double-dipping!

LIQUID FOUNDATION & CONCEALER

SHELF-LIFE
6 – 12 months

WHEN TO TOSS
If it has separated into layers or the color has lightened, it’s time to buy a new one!

TIP! Keep makeup out of sunlight

UV rays can destroy preservatives, which will make your products spoil faster.

LIPSTICK & LIP GLOSS

SHELF-LIFE 
2 years for lipstick, 1 year for gloss
WHEN TO TOSS
If you notice your lipstick has gone dry or gloss extra sticky and starting to smell, it’s probably gone bad!

TIP! Testing out shades at the makeup counter is totally fine

But NEVER apply directly from the tube. Always ask a sales assistant to disinfect and use a disposable applicator.

POWDER, BLUSH & EYE SHADOW

SHELF-LIFE
2 years
WHEN TO TOSS
Expired powders tend to be more dry and flaky than new ones.

TIP! Cleaning your makeup brushes on a regular basis

This will help prevent both bacteria growth and breakouts!

NAIL POLISH

SHELF-LIFE
1 – 2 years
WHEN TO TOSS
If the polish is extra goopy or has separated into layers and won’t blend after a quick shake, it’s time to let it go!

TIP! Next time you're in the beauty aisle

Grab a nail polish thinner which is a cheap and easy way to increase the longevity of your favorite polish!

FRAGRANCES

SHELF-LIFE
8 – 10 years
WHEN TO TOSS
Perfumes that are starting to smell different or lighten in color are definitely expired!

TIP! Bright lights make perfumes oxidize

Changing their chemicals to smell musty, faster. Store them in cool, dark places to make them last longer!

LOTIONS

SHELF-LIFE
2 years
WHEN TO TOSS
A change in color or scent is a dead giveaway for expired lotion!

TIP! Go for a bottle with a pump rather than one in a jar

They are much less prone to airborne bacteria and will last longer.

Although it’s hard to part with your favorite beauty products, old makeup doesn’t work well and it’s definitely not worth an infection! Best rule to follow, any changes in smell, becomes sticky, clumpy, dry, watery or separating, its possibly time toss out and buy new! Think of purging your old makeup like a new start and a great excuse to shop for new!