How Long You Should Use Your Make up

The makeup industry has become one of the most lucrative industries in the last decade. Gone are the days when talcum powder, lip gloss and a black eye pencil were the only available options. The emergence of different makeup techniques, products and artists have added to the plethora in the industry. The desire to constantly have a perfectly done makeup when attending events and functions is on a high. This has introduced new words and phrases such as ‘Facebeat’ ‘Slay’ and ‘face beat to the gods’ to our vocabulary. Ladies now invest in high end makeup brands or hire affordable makeup artists for that professional touch.

Unfortunately, these makeup products do not carry expiration dates. While it may be difficult to discard your very expensive foundation, you need to be wary of the damage it can do to your skin.  Here’s a general guide on how long you should keep your makeup.


Liquid based makeup is more prone to letting in bacteria than the powder based ones, so they have the shortest shelf life. Replace your eyeliner and mascara every 3 to 4 months. You don’t want to visit the doctors because of an eye infection.


Texture of liquid foundation

When stored properly and away from heat, foundation can last for a year. Ensure you use an applicator. Dipping your hands into your foundation bottle can introduce bacteria.


Eye pencils can last up to 2 years. Ensure you clean your pencils after sharpening and use.


Powder based eye shadows can last up to 2 years while liquid ones last for 12 months. Store products properly to avoid breakage and creating a mess in your makeup purse.


They have the tendencies to store bacteria, so they should be used for 5 to 6 months. Avoid touching and sharing with different individuals.


They are less likely to grow bacteria like lip glosses and can last for a year.


They are safe to use for 18 – 24 months and are less likely to store bacteria.

Although this make up products have various life’s span, if you notice a funny smell or the makeup gets sticky and begins to change colour discard them. Also, always ensure your makeup is stored properly and your brushes and applicators are washed regularly.

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