When Makeup Goes Bad...

Saturday, 16 January 2016
I've decided: it's time for a makeup clear out. It's a new year and I'm sure that there are makeup products lurking that are waaaay past their expiration date. Not only this but a couple of weeks ago one of my foundations started smelling awful and it made me think that I definitely need a clear out!

Makeup Expiration Guidelines

I did a bit of research to find out makeup expiration dates, I compiled an Excel spreadsheet of all the recommendations, (I'm not joking!) and then averaged out what they said, as well as using my own knowledge too. Obviously these makeup expiration dates are just guidelines that I use, products could last longer they could last months less too, so it's up to you to judge completely. Just remember: If the texture has changed or it smells funny, it's probably time to throw it away. I've created an image which you can pin or save to help you remember the guidelines that many stick to. 

Makeup Expiration Guide

I hope this helps those of you who are having a clear out!


  1. 3 months for mascara?! I definitely have some mascara that is over 2 years old that I still use and is absolutely fine!! Oops!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

    1. Hahaha I'm pretty sure I'm the same, I think that as long as it hasn't changed in texture it's fine :) xx

  2. This post will definitely help girl!! I normally am quite good with makeup and only have what I use everyday/most days .. so I use things up before they expire... But I do stock up on lipsticks/mascara.. so it might be worth sorting through my collection....

    1. I'm glad it helps! I did so much research into suggested end dates, it's helped me so far too! I've started a clear out...xx

  3. I didn't know about the mascara one either! Brim glad I buy things and wait until they run out before buying more, I wouldn't like to have hundreds of bits that can't be used again!
    Thanks for sharing :)
    Aimee | aimeeandlucas.com

  4. Oh my gosh I had no idea mascara expired in 3 months! It's a good thing I go through it so quickly!


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