Your Makeup’s Shelf Life

Posted July 21, 2014 by Prairie Wife - 6 comments

A note from Prairie Wife:

NatalieAs you all know I am a huge fan of makeup, mothering, fashion, and sharing the ups and down of life on the Prairie. As a blogger I also spend a lot of time online reading other blogs. Over the last year I’ve found several that are my favorites. is the perfect blog for those of you that love to watch how-to videos. Natalie is a super cute and energetic video blogger that shares her loves of candles, makeup and photography with her followers. Her sweet personality and casual video blogging style (I love when she sneaks in personal details about her life) suck you in.

This week she was generous enough to do a guest post for us here at Last week I shared with you my tips for organizing your makeup and beauty products and today Natalie is sharing her expertise and giving all of our readers a detailed list of how long to keep your makeup. After you get done reading her post, take a few minutes to watch her makeup tutorial on bright summer makeup and get inspired!


If you are like me, or the average woman, you probably have a pretty large stockpile of makeup laying around. It is hard to say no when you walk up to a beauty counter and see new products and colors that you are just dying to try out. It eventually starts to build up. That may not sound like a problem, but it can be if you aren’t keeping track of how long you have had your makeup products. If you keep your makeup too long things like bacteria can build up, leading to irritated skin, rashes, and in worst case scenarios infections.

Here is a helpful guide on how long to keep your makeup:

makeup lifeFoundation: 1 to 1 1/2 years
Concealer: 2 years
Powder/Bronzer: 2 years
Blush: 2 years
Cream Blush: 1 year
Eyeshadow: 2 years
Cream Eyeshadow: 1 year
Eye Pencil: 2 years
Liquid Eyeliner: 3 to 6 months
Mascara: 3 to 6 months
Lipstick: 1 to 2 years
Lipgloss: 1 year
Lip Liner: 1 to 2 years
Nail Polish: 2 years

Not sure how long you have had your makeup? If anything looks wrong with your makeup, be safe and toss it. Things to look for: odor, discoloration, separation, cracking, or clumping. Lastly, don’t forget to clean your makeup brushes! Makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria so don’t overlook this important step. Cleaning your brushes once a week will keep bacteria at bay, but it will also help increase the lifespan of your makeup brushes.

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6 thoughts on "Your Makeup’s Shelf Life"

  1. Andrea G says:

    I’m right on track 🙂 I love this!! I use 1 tube of mascara a month haha

  2. Cindi says:

    So I am curious if these timelines are the same for powder only mineral makeup ie: bare minerals?

    1. Natalie says:

      Cindi, powder mineral foundation lasts the same amount of time as any face powder (around 2 years). Bare Minerals when I first got it used to have an expiration date on it, which was extremely helpful but they stopped doing that. Some of the powders may vary though, for instance BM hydrating powders have a shorter shelf life.

      1. Cindi says:

        So just foundation has the same timeline or all of the powder has the same timeline as loose powders? All I have is loose powder everything, eyeshadow, eyeliner, etc. Except of course mascara.

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