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How long does makeup last?

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD
Emergency Medicine
As I’m writing this, I’m doing a mental inventory of what I need to check in my OWN makeup drawer!
 
While makeup doesn’t usually have a set expiration date, there are periods of time after which either the consistency could change, the color could become altered or it could be at greater risk of spreading infection. Toss anything that has a color change or smells funny, and stick to these rules of thumb:
  • Foundation – Keep liquids for 6 months to 1 year, powders for 2 years. Keeping them longer than that may lead to increased bacteria, as well as consistency changes.
  • Mascara and liquid eyeliner – Discard after 3 months. I know that doesn’t sound long, but it is going on your eyes!
  • Lipstick and liner – These can hold up better over time. Glosses and lipstick are good for 1-2 years, lipliner for 2 years or more.

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