Beauty Jobs – Beauty Shelf Life 101

All beauty lovers understand how easy it is to stock up on items that we think we need only to forget about them in the back of our makeup drawers. Unfortunately, like food, our beloved beauty products also have an expiration date, some longer than others.

You can tell a product is past its shelf life if its texture and smell are off from when you bought it. Continuing to use products that are passed their expiry dates can cause irritation and allergies to your skin, eyes, and lips, which is that thing that anyone wants to deal with.

If you’re feeling in the dark and want to know if the go-to mascara that you’ve been using for a while is still in good shape, keep reading!


This category covers all the items we typically use in our daily skincare routines such as eye creams, wrinkle creams, moisturizes and sunscreens. This category has a shelf life duration of one year if the product is kept sealed, and six to ten months once the product has been opened. 



Most beauty lovers have a collection of different perfumes each for a different occasion. Fragrance is the longest-lasting product in your beauty routine — by far! If stored well (with the topper closed properly), perfumes can last up to ten years.


Foundation, Blush, and Eyeshadows
Liquid and cream foundation, blushes and eyeshadows have the same shelf life as skincare products because of their consistency and texture. But powdered products, on the other hand, have a shelf life of one to three years depending on the formulation. 


Lipstick/ Lipglosses
It doesn’t matter if it’s a stick or liquid format; overall these items can last one year. After that, you’ll start to notice a change in the consistency and application; it gets patchy and hard to apply for both. Liquid lipsticks can even get moldy and you can notice a change in scent.


Lipliner and Eyeliner
Both lip and eyeliner have a shelf life of one to two years. When they’ve passed the expiry date, you’ll notice that when you apply them, the product won’t apply as smoothly anymore. It’s really important to monitor your eyeliner, as it gets in contact with your eye, which can be very susceptible to infection. 


Liquid and Gel Liner
It’s very important to ensure you don’t use these items past their expiry date. These are items that go near your eyes and if applied once expired you may put yourself at risk of infection. Liquid and gel liners can last three to four months, and you’ll notice that as soon as these start to dry out its time to toss them out.


Mascara lasts three to four months, and it’s very noticeable when it’s not in good shape anymore. You’ll notice the formula will begin to get clumpy or it will start to smell funny, which means it’s gone bad.


Nail Polish
For the nail lovers out there, do you know that after one to two year, your beloved summer shade can go bad? Besides storing well, a good tip is also getting that cool trend colour in small sizes. You’re going to get more use before it gets bad or outdated.


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By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto, @travelcultureblog

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