How Often You Should Be Throwing Out Makeup


Erin Eskoff, Staff Writer

If you’re like me, every time you walk into Sephora, there is at least one new product you’ll want to buy.  Adding to your makeup collection feels great, but there are downsides to including the newest foundation. You have to use your new $30 foundation more quickly than you think, while using different cosmetics too often forces you to disperse more product when the makeup goes bad. How often should you be switching out your favorite makeup? Well, here is the answer.


This very popular product should be tossed out after one year of use. Within months, bacteria can begin building up and increase the risk of skin problems. To avoid those possible skin infections, replace your foundation on a regular basis.


Matte liquid lipsticks have become a huge trend lately on social media. From Kylie Cosmetics to MAC, women purchase this product way too often to use up the whole tube. We usually think to use all of the product to the very last drop and then dispose of the container, even if it’s expired. However, lipsticks should be thrown away every year, just like foundation. Bacteria and dead skin from your lips build up on the wand and eventually spread throughout the product while inside the container. If your lipstick starts to smell, get rid of it as soon as possible.

Eyeliners and Mascaras

After no more than three months of use, your favorite eyeliner or mascara belongs in the garbage. Just like any other makeup product, bacteria builds up and if used longer than a mere two to three months, you are putting yourself at risk of getting pink eye or any type of eye infection.


The duration of how long an eyeshadow lasts depends on the formula. Powder eyeshadows can last up to two years, however, cream shadows can only be used anywhere between 12-18 months.  Powders tend to last longer because you apply them with a brush while creams are usually applied with fingers. Your fingers contain oils that allow the product to harbor bacteria more easily.

Makeup is very expensive, so buy it if you’ll use it.  Cosmetics don’t last forever, therefore, it’s important to make full use of your favorite products to the very last bit.