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Your Ultimate Guide To Makeup Expiration Dates

Because using expired makeup is a big no-no!
IMAGE Clare Magno

Buying and playing different makeup goodies is always fun, but when purchasing a new beauty loot there's rarely an expiration date that is seen on the bottle or the tube. So how do you know when to continue using or when to start tossing? Differentiating usable makeup from expired ones can be tricky, but it doesn't have to be! Read on as we breakdown the different shelf life of your go-to beauty goodies.

Powder: 2 years

Compact powders usually have a longer shelf life compared to other beauty goodies. But if your go-to compact has turned flakey, smells differently, and has a grayish hue on top, then it's time to toss your compact away.

Foundation + Concealer: 6-12 months

If your liquid foundation and concealer's color is separating from the water formula, changes shades, or smells different from the first time you used it, throw it away to avoid any skin irritation.

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Lip/Eye Liner: 12-18 months

Like most makeup, if your liners have a weird smell or doesn't apply as smoothly as before, then it's time to replace it with a new one.

Mascara: 3-6 months

It isn't a secret that mascara tends to expire faster than the rest of your beauty loots. If your mascara smells, is a lot clumpier, and hard to apply already, toss it!

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Lipstick: 18 months

Lipstick usually lasts long, but if it's dry and has a weird smell, replace it with a new tube, STAT.

What other beauty hacks do you need help with, Candy Girls? Leave us a comment below so we can help you out!

 

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Janelle Yau
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The Rebecca Bloomwood of Manila. I spend half of my time obsessing about the latest fashion craze, and the other half overthinking and over-analyzing just about anything under the sun. When I’m not busy as a bee playing with fifty shades of pink lippies, you can probably catch me swiping my plastic for yet another pair of shiny, pointed gold flats.
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