Your Ultimate Beauty Shelf Life Guide

Here's a fun fact about me, which I'm sure most of you can relate to, I'm a serious makeup hoarder. Whether I use something every day, it's never been used or I used it once ages ago, I won't get rid of it. I'm one of those crazy people who tells themselves that they need to save it for "one day".

I still have this crazy metallic purple eyeshadow from M.A.C that I wore to my high school graduation, which was almost TEN YEARS AGO, in my makeup drawer.

But before you start yelling at me for how gross it is to hold onto makeup, you need to know that I don't actually put anything near my skin that's over two years old, because I know that makeup goes bad and the harmful effects expired products can have on your skin (hellooo nasty skin irritations and breakouts). I just can't seem to physically part ways with the products in my arsenal. See.. I hoard old products that I don't even use.

Whether you're a makeup packrat such as myself, or you only stick with what you use, you need to always stay on top of your product's shelf lives. Because much like cans of food, once your products are opened, they’re instantly exposed to bacteria, air and light, which can cause them to break down over time.

That's why I wanted to share with you a quick and simple guide for beauty shelf life. Because the last thing any of us want is to wake up with some weird rash on our cheeks from wearing an old blush or even worse, an eye infection from an old mascara. Trust me.


For Your Body & Hair

  • Shampoo & Conditioner: 2 years
  • Body Wash & Soap: 3 years
  • Moisturizer & Face Cream: 1 year
  • Hair Styling Spray & Creams: 3 years
  • Perfume: 2 to 3 years. Any longer than this the original scent will begin to fade and might smell off
  • Nail Polish: 2 years. This could extend longer if you always remember to tightly seal your polishes and shake them every now and then

For Your Face

  • Foundation: 2 years
  • Cream & Liquid Concealer: 12-18 months
  • Powders: this includes blush, bronzer, highlighter: 2 years
  • Eye Shadow: 2 years
  • Eyeliner: Liquid & Pencil: 1 year
  • Brow Pencil: 1 year
  • Mascara: 3 months *This one is incredibly important as your eyes are prone to irritation and infection.
  • Lipstick & Lip Liner: 1 year
  • Lip Gloss: 18-24 months
  • Face cleanser: 1 year
  • Sponges: 6 months (but this is with washing them after each use)

Tips to Extend Shelf Life

  • Make sure to wash your brushes at least twice a month, especially those used around your eyes
  • Immediately toss away any makeup that is broken, in a broken container or missing a lid 
  • Always screw lids on tightly to avoid drying products out
  • Avoid exposing products to extreme temperatures
  • Don't dry brushes on towels as they can be prone to mildew