Guide to Replacing Your Makeup

Guide to Replacing Your Makeup

Guide to Replacing Your MakeupI think we all know how much of a total makeup junkie that I am. I will definitely admit that, no problem. When you have such a big makeup collection sometimes you don't get the opportunity to use all of your products as often as you would like to. Unfortunately this can lead to your makeup expiring, or drying out and becoming unusable. This is probably the last thing you want to happen because then you have to throw away products that you used your hard earned money to purchase without getting to use it all up.

Today we are sharing this handy Guide to Replacing Your Makeup. Did you know that your eye shadow doesn't last forever? We didn't until we did some research.

Use this hand guide to replacing your makeup and we'll share how long each type of product will last and when you should toss it.


Foundation usually lasts anywhere from 6-8 months dependent on the foundation itself. Foundations can become discolored after too long and just for sanitary purposes, you will want to get rid of your foundations within 6-8 months of opening them.

Lip Products

As far as your lip products go, you can keep them as long as you aren't noticing anything strange about them such as discoloration or dryness. Lipsticks will generally last longer than a lip gloss.


Face products can last for a really long time depending on how much you use them, sometimes even years. Generally, as long as your powders don't look or smell funny they will be okay to continue using.

Mascara and Eyeliner

These type of products typically last around 6 months before they dry out. Usually once they dry out they don't work very well anymore so they're pretty much deemed useless. Always always always throw these products away if you have had any recent eye infections because then they are unsanitary.

Eye Shadows

Shadows are very similar to blushes and bronzers. Being that they are powders they can last a really long time, once again as long as there is no strange odor or appearance you can continue to use them.

It is really important to keep your makeup clean and sanitary. Just know when the time to throw out old products is and keep your skin and eyes healthy by getting rid of them when necessary.

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  1. Pam

    It’s important to get new makeup before it gets unsanitary or dries up! I actually need to get some new mascara.

  2. Catherine S

    This is a great guide. I don’t wear makeup, but I will share this with friends.

  3. I have makeup from YEARS ago. I had no idea eye shadow could go bad! That’s crazy. The things you learn!

  4. This is such a great guide! I know people who have had the same makeup for a zillion years!!! I have also found that adding lavender essential oil to mascara keeps it from drying out and makes your lashes look fabulous!

  5. Great tips! I have a case full of makeup that I should probably go through. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. This is something we all should know about but who really does?! I use a lot of Nars cosmetics and they have a little icon with the shelf life of their products on the packaging.

  7. You make some good points here.
    I will share this with my professional-minded sister to see what she thinks about it.

  8. It’s such a good idea to write on the items once you open them. Put the date and the expy date. great tips

  9. Loving these beauty guides for makeup as I am clueless. Need all of the tips and suggestions I can get!

  10. I have a drawer full of make-up that I need to go through. I know some of it should have been discarded long ago.

  11. Good to know! I never keep my eye products long! I do not want any eye infections!

  12. Rosey

    This is a good list to have. I tend to not replace enough and the old stuff just sits around forever until I toss it. I should really get better about it.

  13. This is a great guide. I don’t wear much makeup but I know this will be helpful for a lot of people. I want to start wearing more so I am definitely going to need this.

  14. I really need to go through my make up. I don’t wear it all the time, so it can dry out before I wear it again.

  15. This blog post has some really great information in it! I love buying makeup, so it makes it super easy to replace items – ha ha!

  16. I saw on a Tyra Banks episode one time how nasty old makeup can be. Some people are keeping makeup for years and it is festering with bacteria and grim…yuck!

  17. These are good tips! I know sometimes it can be tricky trying to figure out if make-up is still “good” or not.

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