Monday, 22 July 2013

How Long Do You Keep Your Makeup For?

I'll admit it, I'm really bad when it comes to hoarding makeup, and even worse when I have to throw things away. In all honesty, I pay little attention to the use by dates on makeup products and I'm pretty sure a lot of the makeup items sitting in my makeup draw have been there for at least a couple of years. 

The thing is, you rarely hear much about makeup going bad - let's face it, it's not like food or medicine, it can't do much harm, right? Well, apparently it can. Make up that is kept longer than recommended can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, which then leads to problems like eye infections, breakouts and rashes. Ew, not nice, right? 

A survey by Debenhams revealed a massive 73% of women don't check the expiry dates on makeup and are actually keeping it waaaaay beyond the recommended time. Oops - I definitely think I'm one of the 73%. Like the women in the survey, I feel like it's a 'waste' to throw perfectly good makeup away - however if it was anything else, I'd probably think different. Really, considering we put makeup on our FACE on a regular basis, we should be paying more attention to the state of our makeup items and whether or not they're past their sell by date. 

So.... how long should we actually be keeping our makeup for? I honestly think this is where the problem lies. Despite there being a little '6 months' or '24 months' or whatever label on our beauty items, how many of us actually pay attention to it, and how many of us actually recall WHEN we opened the damn item? I certainly don't. But, after hearing about the health implications I most definitely will from now on. So, let's have a look at how long each makeup product can be kept for before you should really give it the heave-ho....

Blush & Bronzer - Two years 
Concealer - Eight months
Eyeliner - One year
Eyeshadow - One year
Face Powder - Two years
Foundation - Six months 
Lipstick - One and a half years 
Mascara - Four months 

The results are kind of scary, especially considering the things I cling on to the longest are generally the things that need throwing out first. The idea of throwing away my beloved MAC lipsticks after only a year and a half makes me want to weep a bit. Then again, it's an excuse to make more use out of things whilst you have them I suppose! 

What are you like when it comes to keeping makeup? Do you tend to hoard things and keep them as long as possible, or are you a bit more savvy and know when to get rid? Let me know! 


  1. I'm definitely in that 73% too! i have eyeshadow palettes that are way over a year old but i can't bare to throw them out after spending all that money and i'm with you about the mac lipsticks! xx

    An Uninventive Name

  2. I never throw any makeup away haha! I've never had any eye infections or anything so ill carry on using things for years and years until they run out :)


  3. I didn't even know that there was expiry dates on makeup so I'm definitely one of the 73%... All I knew was that you're meant to change your mascara every 4 months or so and I fail to even do that! My poor, poor face. Thank you for writing this post! I'm going to have a hunt for any out of date products in my collection now (besides MAC lipsticks, they definitely aren't going anywhere haha) - thank you! :D

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  4. I'm actually one of the few people who sticks to things like this haha! Maybe not so much with blushers or eyeshadows, but with any other product I do throw them away when they should be or within another month or so. I don't know why, I'm such a hoarder and love my makeup! xx

    D Is For...

  5. I never throw my make up away and I've never had an infection, no way I'm throwing away my new Chanel mascara after only four months! I'm definitely in the 73% that never check, but my expensive make up is going no where! x

  6. Count me in the 73%! I wasn't really aware of the expiry dates as I thought with all those chemicals in there they'd at least have the lifespan of canned food! I'll definitely be keeping my make-up in check from now on! Thanks for sharing :)


  7. I'm definitely in the 27% who check the dates of makeup products and throw them out just as they're about to expire. I like to stick little labels on the bottoms of my foundations/BB creams of when I should use them by the minute I open them so I know exactly which base products I should use up first :) xo

  8. This is so handy to know, I always keep make-up for ages before throwing it out!

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  9. LOVE this post! Im a new york blogger, I blog about NY style, Food, Passion for makeup and just running around my awesome city. Would love if you checked it out, Lets follow eachother! :)


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