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is your make up expired?

During a recent closet purge, I decided to take an extra step and do a make up purge. It had been QUITE some time since I last cleaned out my make up drawers and boy, was it time. I couldn't even remember when I bought some make up and I didn't even realize how much was expired! YUCK. My plan moving forward is to add a little sticker to each new product with the expiration date so I don't have to do any guessing down the road.

Some other helpful tips.....

DON'T keep liquid eyeliner for more than 4 months
DO sharpen your eyeliner and lipliner regularly to keep it clean
DON'T "pump" your mascara. It only adds air and bacteria to your tube!
DO throw out nail polish after a year
DON'T dilute mascara or other make up with saline or water to make it last longer
DO keep your products out of direct sunlight and in air tight containers
DON'T keep make up sponges for more than a month
DO wash sponges weekly
DON'T forget to was your brushes with gentle brush (or baby) shampoo at least monthly (if not more!)
DO wipe down your make up bag regularly 

Hope that's helpful :)



  1. Nail polish does not expire. It can be thinned with polish thinner if it gets thick. You do not have to throw it out after a year.

    1. Hello! There are certainly a few schools of thought surrounding nail polish and its "expiration". After about a year, polish often begins to harden, become stringy or separate but may not "expire" in the sense that it breeds bacteria in the same way that mascara can. And you're right- thinner can alleviate some of those issues so that your polish can last longer. Its important to be mindful though that thinner does thin the pigment of the polish so while you may get more use out of the polish, a robust color and pigment likely wont long. I personally toss old bottles for this reason but it is up to you!

  2. Thank you for posting this! Expiration dates are something I always think about when it comes to produce, but I rarely think to check my makeup. Great reminder. :)

  3. Thanks for the great reminder! I need to check my makeup!

  4. Thanks! Great reminder. I can use a Sharpie to write month/year of purchase.

  5. Uggh!! I think almost everything but my mascara is probably expired. I don't wear make up a lot so it lasts a long time.

  6. I don't think I follow any of your dos and don'ts except for keeping my brushes and sponges clean. I should really go through and purge things. If anything for the space....right now everything is scattered and hard to find that I just reach for whatever is closest.

  7. Such a helpful post!! I keep my makeup for way too long and definitely needed this reminder to do a refresher :)

    xo, Liz
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