Life has been so busy lately I feel like I’ve been neglecting the house! But a few weeks ago I finally had some downtime to tidy up a bit and realized two major things when cleaning out my bathroom drawers + closet. First, that I’m majorly stocked on backup makeup items. And second, that it’s definitely time to toss a lot of the products I have!
After some extensive research, I’ve pulled together some helpful info to keep in mind when it comes to how long you should keep your beauty products! You’ll notice some of these don’t have a solid timeline and are more of a timeframe. This varies based on how you store your products. Keep in mind that across the board, hot, humid areas aren’t good for storing your beauty products!
Mascara: 3 Months
Mascara has the shortest lifespan out of all beauty products. Because bacteria (I know, EW!) thrive in dark environments (like the inside of the mascara tube), you should definitely be minimizing the number of times you pump the mascara wand. You can usually tell when it’s reaching the end of it’s life because it starts to get a chalky or cakey.
Lip Gloss + Lipstick: 6 Months – 1 Year
Lipstick is generally good to use for up to one year, and gloss for 6 months. But keep in mind that if you’re using the “long lasting” products, usage is on the shorter side since the ingredients used aren’t as strong for the long-term. Plus, lip gloss and lipstick can dry out pretty quickly if you’re using them daily!
Powder Products: 1.5-2 Years
Most of the products I use are powder-based, which is great news for me in terms of lifespan + not having to shell out money more frequently on beauty buys! Powder products (e.g. bronzer, blush, and eyeshadow) can last up to two years. As long as the color hasn’t changed and there aren’t any weird smells, you’re good to go.
Hair Products: 1 Year
Hair products typically last a little longer than makeup. But be sure to close the caps of these products tightly to avoid any water and air getting in, which will break down the formula, and make these products useless. Good news is if you use sprays, they should last the longest, since aerosol cans are super protectors!
Nail Polish: 1-2 Years
The lifespan of nail polish really varies, based on the conditions of the place its stored in. High temps + humidity are no bueno, so that’ll shorten the lifespan quickly. How can you tell it’s time to toss? The consistency becomes gooey and more liquidy!
Makeup Brushes: 1-4 Years
Makeup brushes are a tricky one. They can last upwards of four years if they’re high quality and/or you take care of them well! To prolong the lifespan, you should be washing them once a month (at a minimum) – but really once every week or bi-weekly.