When To Throw Away Makeup

All ladies just love to wear makeup. Cosmetics like lipstick, foundation, mascara, eyeliner, concealer, eye shadow and other stuff can be found in their makeup kit in huge number. In the market also there is a huge range of cosmetics available from which a woman has a choice to choose from. Well, women need to understand that unlike Books & photos, Cosmetics don’t last forever!! Harsh to listen, but it’s true!

Makeup comes with an expiry date and there is a need to throw away makeup whenever it is necessary. I know it’s thought to give away your favourite shade but if you don’t do it then there are side effects you will have to deal with.
Most of you don’t have the idea of when it’s the right time to throw away makeup, so here are some of the guidelines for you:

BYE BYE To Makeup


  • Lipstick should be thrown out after about a year.
  • Products for the face, like foundation and primer, typically last for up to 24 months.
  • Throw away the Blush after using it for two years.
  • Eyeshadows do last for more than two years.
  • Pencil eyeliners can last for up to a year from the time of opening.
  • Liquid eyeliner should be replaced in every three months.
  • Mascara has a short shelf-life of around three months and should be replaced in months.
  • The liquid foundation should be replaced after six months to one year.
  • The Cream makeup does last from 6 months to one year and thus be replaced after that.
  • Powder makeup should also be replaced after 2 years.
  • Replace the face moisturizer after 6 months (Tub) and after 1 year (pump).
  • Sunscreen should be thrown away after 1 year.
  • Nail polish should be replaced after 1 year.
  • Perfume do last for years to throw it away after 8 to 10 years.

Sometimes, it happens that before their expiry date, there are some signs that indicate you to throw away the makeup. Have a look below at these signs:

Signs Time To Buy It New

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Colour change:

When you see that a product changes colour or gets separate it’s the right time to throw it away from your makeup collection. Changing colour indicates that the makeup has started to break down.


When you have suffered from a painful eye infection, conjunctivitis in your eye then it is time to think to throw away your eye makeup because while suffering from Any type of eye infection, when you use the product the bacteria get transferred into it and can create problems in future. Thus, it is important that you throw away that eye makeup right away to avoid future consequences.

   Buy date:

Most of the product does not come up with expiry date then, in that case, think and try to remember when you brought the particular makeup product. In case, you don’t remember then it’s time to throw away the makeup product.


If the makeup begins to band and resembles the Grand Canyon, it is time to throw it away. Never mark life events with the layering of makeup.


   Skin feels weird:

If while using the makeup your skin starts feeling weird then it’s a right time to keep it away from your collection. It denotes that the makeup has begun to age and dry up. If you don’t realise it on time and keep on using it then, later on, you will face skin ailments. So, better now than later to throw away your makeup product.


When there is a smell coming out of your makeup then it shows that bacteria are growing in it. It also indicates the expiry date and change in composition. It is better to avoid using that product immediately. When you get strong, pungent, or sweet smells or even chemical-based smells, it is time to throw away the product.



It’s never wrong to change and pamper yourself. You can go out to shop and spot on to some great makeup products and buy them. It’s totally your choice to replace the new one with the older ones or also to have colourful makeup products to match the wardrobe of the current season.

   6 Months:

While using the makeup on a daily basis it is recommended to renew the makeup products within six months to avoid consequences in future.

   Expiry Date:

Makeup always comes up with expiry date so may time it happens that we keep on using it and don’t see the expiry date. So, it is always recommended that once in a week or month before applying makeup, have a look at its expiry date.

Hope these signs and guidelines help you out in keeping your skin safe and makeup too. Before using any type of makeup, make sure that you check it out properly.


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July 7, 2019

27 Replies to “When To Throw Away Makeup”

  1. Sayeri says: July 14, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Just last week I did the same thing. There were more than 2 face packs, one highlighter, one lipstick all got expire and I replaced these with new products.

  2. Amy says: July 14, 2019 at 6:03 am

    We should always keep makeup only for six to twelve months. We should discard makeup thereafter and get new makeup.

  3. Tina Basu says: July 14, 2019 at 5:21 am

    I throw away mascara and makeup brushes often, because they can contain so much of bacteria if not cared properly.

  4. Milan says: July 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Quite of few of the make up items are just lying in my kit. Time to discard them.

  5. Varsh says: July 14, 2019 at 4:39 am

    I’ve been meaning to declutter my makeup box but have been lazy. After reading your post I know I must do it at the earliest so I can throw old stuff and get new ones. 🙂

  6. MeenalSonal says: July 14, 2019 at 2:45 am

    Thanks for these helpful tips. Now I need to do checks on my makeup regularly.

  7. Neha Sharma says: July 13, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Oh gosh, I never thought make up could also have an expiry. I have been using things in my make up kit for a very long time, I guess more than 2 years or so. I must change the products soon.

  8. Pragnya Mishra says: July 13, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Though am not a makeup person still I do have some product in my shelf for months. Checking them right away. Thanks for sharing

  9. Snigdha says: July 13, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    It is important to use makeup products withing their respective expiry dates.. I always check my makeup products in regular intervals.

  10. Amrita Basu (Misra) says: July 13, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Makeup I buy in small quantity and renew every six months.I check smell too like you mentioned.Glad you are sharing this

  11. Sindhu Vinod Narayan says: July 13, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    This is a much needed post. Thinking of cost in mind. People do keep the make up items with them forever. Thanks for the detailed reasoning.

  12. Snehal says: July 13, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    I think I have a few makeup products which I need to throw away soon!

  13. Kim Paradise - MumFLIX says: July 13, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    This is a very important and good post. I know many people who use make up for years not looking at buy date and this is bad as it can spoilt one’s skin. Thanks for sharing this as its really helpful to know.

  14. Ruchi Verma says: July 13, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    After reading this post now I feel I need to check my makeup which need to go back in thrash and which to be in my vanity case!!

  15. Snehalata Jain says: July 13, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Like many here reading this post , I too need to check my Make-up kit and trash the old ones.Thanks for this very timely reminder.

  16. Neha Jain says: July 13, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Thanks for sharing this with me, I need to check my make up kit and throw the expired products

  17. Sapna says: July 11, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Am using my marriage makeup till now… It has been 10 years.. After reading will throw it..

  18. MeenalSonal says: July 10, 2019 at 6:13 am

    Thanks for the detailed guide and tips here, shall look into my kit for the items to be thrown

  19. Mrinal Kiran says: July 9, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    God! I have makeup in my stash that are 2-3 years old! Thank you for this eye opening post! Will throw them away!

  20. Sanjay says: July 9, 2019 at 1:30 am

    That’s such an informative and useful information.

    Every person using make-up should be aware of this.

  21. Dr.Jenifer Sayyed says: July 8, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    That’s such a useful and informative post.

    I will follow these guidelines and start collecting items which need to be stopped.

  22. Nikita Gharat says: July 8, 2019 at 6:31 am

    This is a very informative post. I came to know the exact time of saying bye bye to your make up.. Thanks for sharing it

  23. Rahul Prabhakar says: July 8, 2019 at 4:39 am

    These are some wonderful tips to remember. I am passing these to my wife now, so she knows when to discard old or redundant makeup.

  24. Saarah says: July 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Most of us are an aware about these things this was definitely so insightful specially Like a ardent make up user like me.
    I do suffer from any infection and skin infections at times I’m sure it maybe they’re wrong make up for the expired make-up behind it

  25. Anahita Irani says: July 7, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Glad I read your post. I need to throw away alot of make up. Will take it up as an urgent matter.

  26. Noor Anand Chawla says: July 7, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Wow Gurjeet, this is such an informative post. I am bookmarking it for my reference in the future.

  27. Shoestring Travel says: July 7, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Such a great article to understand when to throw makeup…i am sharing this with my wife and surely this will help her

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