Monday, 17 June 2013

How long should you keep your make up?

Is your make-up bag in need of a good clear out? I'm a bit of a hoarder when it comes to make-up, it's a shame to throw away half used mascaras and powders in my eyes, But Debenhams has recently held a survey showing that 73% of women don't check the expiry dates on their make-up, leading to health implications. I am definitely one of these women, so I thought I would put a post together as a guideline of how long products should be kept until it should hit the skip. This is such an important issue as so many women, including myself, are unaware of expiry dates on their make-up, and we don't want to put our faces at risk of harmful bacteria, do we! 

Please consider that this is a guideline, if you have any concerns check the packaging of the make-up in question. 

Mascara: maximum of four months

Foundation: keep for six months

Eye Liner: keep for one year max

Eye Shadow: one year max

Face Powders: maximum of two years

Blushers and Bronzer: maximum of two years

Lipstick: one and a half years max

Concealer: keep for eight months

I will definitely be giving my make-up collection a massive sort out. Are you guilty of being a hoarder too? Hopefully this information was beneficial to you, as much as it was to me! 



  1. Hi Lauren! love this post :) it's really useful. Because I never know when I shouldnt use my makeup anymore.. So thanks, I do know now!

    I tagged you here :


  2. Thanks for this, really useful! I need to have a makeup clear out I think... xx

  3. I forgot allll about this! I'm a total makeup hoarder too. Time for a clear out! Follow me via GFC and I'll follow you, doll. <3

  4. I never throw out my makeup away on time...I just keep it and pretend it's still fresh and new. Haha! xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate | bloglovin'

  5. i feel disgusting knowing i have make-up that has expired, haha! thanks for the post - it was very useful! xxx

  6. Great post, I never know when to throw out make up. I always try avoid it until I've used it all because no one want to throw away make up when you've used it only a couple of times!

    Charlotte xx

  7. I'm terrible at throwing away my makeup- I think I have some face powders that are 3 1/2 years old! :s
    Daniella x

  8. I literally use mascaras until they're bone dry... maybe it's time for a clear out! x


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