I am obsessed with knowing the expiration dates of things. Milk in particular… If it’s even two days before the expiration date you can bet your boots I am not drinking that thing anymore! Sometimes I’ll even go as far as labeling leftovers with the date so I know how long they’ve been in the fridge. I do not like gross smells or to look at yucky things after they’ve gone bad. And no, I didn’t have some wildly crazy experience to make me this obsessed, I’m just an oddball.
Today, I am extending my craziness to you! We all buy products and sometimes we just don’t get around to using them all that often or we leave them open because we’re in a rush and they get crusty. I’m super guilty about this with mascara especially. By the time you either remember about the product or decide to reach for it once again, it’s all dried out and gross. Sad face emoji.
Fun fact: did you know on the back/bottom of your products are the suggested amount of months your products are good for? It will look like a little picture of an open makeup jar with the suggested amount of months written in it. I will say though that there are plenty of products I have kept for waaaaay over the suggested time. For example, my first ever makeup palette was the Urban Decay Naked Palette and you can bet your boots I’m going to keep that baby no matter the date because of sentimental value.
After a product expires, it can change the way it performs or in some cases it’s just way more sanitary to trash it and buy another (mascara and eyeliner I’m looking at you!). So how long should you really keep your products?
- Mascara – 3 months
- Eyeliner – 6 months
- Foundation – 6-12 months
- Concealer – 6-12 months
- Lipgloss – 1 year
- Lipstick – 2 years
- Powders – 2 years
- Eyeshadow/Bronzer/Blush – 2 years
- Nail polish – 2 years
With anything make sure you are screwing the tops on tight and closing the lids! That will definitely help to increase the longevity of a product as well as keep any germs out.