When to toss that mascara (and others!)

Just a short disclaimer before I begin: I don’t not personally always follow all these rules. I may or may not be known for keeping lip products or nail polish until I physically cannot use them anymore.


Anyways, since we are in the midst of Organization April here, I thought this would be the perfect time to throw this in! I am not an expert or anything, but I have done some research so you just have to read one post to learn about them all.

  • Mascara: 3 months
  • Lip gloss: 18 months
  • Lipstick: 24 months
  • Eyeshadow: 18-36 months
  • Blush and Bronzer: 12-18 months
  • Foundation: 6-12 months
  • Concealer: 6-12 months
  • Body Lotion: 12-24 months
  • Face wash: 12 months
  • Hairspray: 2-3 years
  • Nail Polish: 1-2 years

More things to remember: 

  • If you have an eye infection or something like that, throw out the infected makeup as well! 
  • Keep makeup in a cool, dry environment (AKA not your bathroom!) to avoid bacteria build up.
  • Always clean brushes or anything else you use to apply makeup, especially if you have any infection! 
  • If something changes in scent, color, or texture: TOSS IT IMMEDIATELY! 

Okay now it is time to take a few minutes and spring clean your products! How long do you normally keep your cosmetic items? Let me know in the comments!