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How To Tell If Cosmetics Are Expired?

How To Tell If Cosmetics Are Expired
– All makeup should be stamped with an image of an open jar, then a number followed by the letter M. This Period After Opening (PAO) symbol signifies how many months after opening until the product expires. It’s helpful to remember around what month you opened it.

The first step is to smell the makeup. If anything smells off, toss it. Look to see if it has changed color. For example, many concealer products will oxidize and turn a bit orange. Pay attention to whether or not the texture has changed, and throw away if the product feels different on your skin.

Is it OK to use expired cosmetics?

A common misconception is expired makeup is safe to use, but this isn’t always the case. Risks are associated with using expired makeup including, clogged pores and bacterial growth. It’s important to be mindful of how long your makeup has been in storage so you can avoid these potential health hazards.

Your skin may react to product ingredients if they have reached their expiration date. This could lead to redness or irritation. If bacteria get into an open container or onto a brush, they can multiply rapidly and cause breakouts or other infections. Mold is another common issue with old cosmetics because moisture builds up inside containers over time, leading to mold growth.

This mold growth can trigger breakouts or other irritations. Another risk of using expired makeup is a change in the color of the product over time. This is particularly relevant for foundation products. The longer the foundation is kept after purchase, it can oxidize.

  1. This oxidation can change the color.
  2. If you notice your favorite beige color foundation taking on a slightly more orange color, it may be expired.
  3. Using your sense of smell also is a way to tell if your makeup is expired.
  4. This method works well with foundation and mascara.
  5. If the product has an odd smell, or a different smell than when you first bought it, throw it out.

If your foundation starts to separate into layers, or your mascara wand gets dry, you may want to reconsider using these products. Do not add water to your mascara to increase the moisture, as this can escalate the bacteria-producing capabilities. In general, makeup typically lasts one year from the manufactured date before expiring.

What does expired makeup smell like?

Download Article Download Article If you spend a lot on makeup, it’s only natural to want to get your money’s worth. But that doesn’t mean you should hold onto your foundation and lipstick indefinitely. Old makeup can harbor bacteria, cause infections, and damage your skin, so it’s important to know when to throw it away.

  1. 1 Throw away foundation and concealer after a year. Most liquid and cream foundations are water-based, which means that they’re a prime breeding ground for bacteria. Concealers have similar formulas, so they can turn just as quickly. Using old, contaminated foundation and concealer can lead to breakouts, as well as more serious skin irritations.
    • Old foundation and concealer usually don’t perform as well either. You can wind up a streaky finish and poor coverage if your products are too old.

    Expert Answer When asked, “How do you know when your makeup is expired?” Katya Gudaeva is a Professional Makeup Artist and the Founder of Bridal Beauty Agency based in Seattle, Washington. She has worked in the beauty industry for over 10 years and worked with companies such as Patagonia, Tommy Bahama, and Barneys New York and with clients such as Amy Schumer, Macklemore, and Train. EXPERT ADVICE Professional makeup artist Katya Gudaeva responded: “Dry products like eyeshadows and powders are usually fine for years because bacteria doesn’t really thrive in a dry environment. However, you should throw out creams after about a year, especially creams you apply with your fingers or brush directly from the package, like cream blush or highlighter.”

  2. 2 Get rid of face powder, eye shadow, and blush after two years. Powder products tend to have a longer shelf life than liquids and creams because they don’t provide a moist environment for bacteria and germs to grow. However, over time the small amount of water that’s in powder products evaporates, leaving them crumbly and difficult to use.
    • If you powder products are old, you may notice that they’ve become more firmly packed in their pans, so it’s harder to pick up any color when you dip your brush into them.
    • Because they contain water, cream eye shadows and blushes should be tossed after 6 months to a year.


  3. 3 Toss lipstick and lipgloss after one to two years. They’re usually oil-based, which means that they also provide a good environment for bacteria to grow. Add in the fact that you’re constantly applying them to your mouth, and you definitely don’t want to hang onto your favorite lip products too long.
    • When you use a lipstick that’s past its prime, you may notice that it doesn’t glide on as easily as it used to. That’s because it has a tendency to dry out over time.
    • When it comes to lip liners, you usually have up to two years before you have to throw them away. They typically have drier formulas than lipstick or glosses, so they aren’t as likely to breed bacteria.

    EXPERT TIP Katya Gudaeva is a Professional Makeup Artist and the Founder of Bridal Beauty Agency based in Seattle, Washington. She has worked in the beauty industry for over 10 years and worked with companies such as Patagonia, Tommy Bahama, and Barneys New York and with clients such as Amy Schumer, Macklemore, and Train. Pay attention to your lipstick’s smell. Makeup artist Katya Gudaeva continues: “When lipstick expires, you’ll notice a very specific smell, like your grandma’s lipstick. If it doesn’t smell bad, it’s probably safe, but if it does, it’s time to throw it away.”

  4. 4 Purge eyeliner and brow pencils after a year. These products usually feature a large amount of waxes, which aren’t as conducive to growing bacteria as other ingredients. However, because both are used around the eyes, you should be careful and get rid of them after 12 months to prevent irritation.
    • If your pencils are the type that you sharpen, you can hang onto them for up to two years. That’s because every time you sharpen them, you get rid of the top layer of the pencil where bacteria is most likely to present. Just make sure to sharpen before each use, and clean your sharpener with alcohol regularly.
  5. 5 Switch up liquid eyeliner, cream eyeliner, and mascara after three months. Of all the makeup products that you own, mascara and liquid liner are probably the most likely to grow bacteria. That’s because the inside of their tubes provide a dark, wet environment that’s perfect for bacteria.
    • Mascara, liquid liners, and cream liners become noticeably dry when they’re more than a few months old.
    • Using old mascara, liquid liner, or cream liner can lead to a variety of eye irritations, such as redness and itchiness. In more serious cases, it may cause styes and even conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye.
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  1. 1 Pay attention to changes in smell. When makeup products such as foundation, lipstick, and mascara go bad, you may notice that that they start to smell bad. Mascara can start to take on a gasoline-like scent, while lipstick may begin to smell like stale cooking oil. Take note of what your products smell like when you first purchase them, so you’ll be able to tell if the scent changes.
  2. 2 Check for changes in consistency. The ingredients in liquid makeup products, such as foundation, may begin to separate over time. You’ll notice that the oils rise to the top of the bottle, while the pigments remain at the bottom. Products may also become thicker as they start to go bad.
    • Moist products, such as mascara, often become drier and almost powdery when they start to turn.
    • Pressed powder products, including eyeshadow, face powder, and blush, may develop a film across their surface. It’s usually the result of contact with residue from the oils in your skin and other face products, such as moisturizer and sunscreen.
  3. 3 Look for changes in color. It’s not uncommon for makeup items to exhibit changes in color as they get older. Your foundation and concealer may start to look a little darker, while blushes and eyeshadows may no longer appear as vibrant. If your makeup shows any changes in color, it’s time to throw it away.
  4. 4 Consider where you store it. Certain environmental factors, such as heat and humidity, can make your makeup go bad more quickly because they encourage the growth of yeast and mold. That’s why the bathroom isn’t the best place to keep your products. Exposure to direct sunlight and extreme cold can also make makeup spoil faster.
    • A cool, dry location, such as a linen closet or bedroom drawer, is an ideal place to store makeup if you want it to last as long as possible.
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  1. 1 Notice the expiration date. These days, many makeup items tell you upfront how long they’re good for. They’re usually marked with a MM/YY date that tells you when you should throw it away. If an item doesn’t have a specific date, it may have a PAO (period after opening) mark that tells you how long the product is good for once you open it.
    • The PAO mark appears as number inside a small jar symbol.6M, for example, would mean that a product is good for six months after the date that you open it.
    • Expiration dates and PAO marks are only guidelines. If you notice changes in color, consistency or scent prior to the dates on the packaging, you should still throw away the products.
  2. 2 Label items with date of purchase. Some products may not have an expiration date or PAO mark, so it’s up to you to use the standard guidelines to know when to throw them out. It can be difficult to remember when you bought a certain tube of lipstick or blush, though, so it’s a good idea to put a label on the item with the date. That way, you’ll know precisely when you should throw it away.
    • Instead of labeling the makeup with the date that you bought it, figure out the date that you should get rid of it according to the general guidelines and write that on the table that you place on it.
  3. 3 Use apps to help keep track. If you have items in your makeup drawer that don’t have expiration dates or POA marks, and you haven’t labeled them, all hope isn’t lost. There are several apps, such as Beauty Keeper, Check Fresh, and Check Cosmetic, that helps you figure out when an item was manufactured. All you have to do is input the item’s batch code, which is a number usually printed somewhere on the product.
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  • Question How do I know if my mascara bottle is empty? You can try shaking it or turning it upside down to check. There is usually an expiration date on makeup.
  • Question How can you tell if liquid lipstick tube is empty? The best way to tell if the tube is empty to rest it on a flat surface, standing upright, and allow it to sit for a day or so. That will allow all of the remaining product to fall from the sides of the tube to the bottom, where the applicator is. When you pull it out, examine it to see how much lipstick is on the brush or applicator – if there’s hardly any product on it, the tube is likely empty or close to it.
  • Question Can you put lipstick in the microwave to kill germs, then in a jar to reuse? No, you should never microwave your cosmetics. It will not only kill germs, but also break down the chemistry and consistency of the makeup.

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  • Packaging matters when it comes to the shelf life of makeup. Airtight containers, such as foundation bottles with pumps,can help keep products fresh for a longer period of time. On the other hand, jar- or pot style containers that you dip your fingers or brush into to apply may mean that your product doesn’t last as long.
  • You can prolong the life of your makeup items by making sure to always close lids tightly. If air gets into the products, it can start to dry them out.
  • Make sure to wash your makeup brushes, sponges, and other applicators regularly. For daily cleaning, use a antibacterial brush cleaning spray that you can use to quickly clean them off. Once a week or once every two weeks, use a special brush shampoo to deep clean your brushes and tools.


If you experience any irritation from a makeup item, throw it out immediately. See a doctor if the symptoms don’t improve in a day or two.

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Can I use lipstick from 6 years ago?

When does makeup expire? – Some skin products, from sunscreen to foundation and other makeup, include a printed or stamped expiration date on their packaging. Others show a length of time that a product can be used after it’s been opened — this is displayed with a graphic of an open jar with a number inside.

Start the warm season each year with a fresh supply of sunscreen. Liquid eye makeup, including eyeliner and mascara, should be disposed of after three months of use. Immediately dispose of it if you develop conjunctivitis (pink eye), a stye or other eye infection, so that you don’t re-infect your eye or spread the infection from one eye to another. Liquid concealer or foundation should be thrown out after a year. Pencil cosmetics, such as certain eyeliners or lip or brow pencils, should also be disposed of after a year. Lipsticks and lip glosses should be thrown away after one to two years of use. Even if your lotion, sunscreen or makeup hasn’t reached its recommended disposal date, it’s best to get rid of it if you note a significant change in texture, color or smell.

Where is batch code on makeup?

What is the batch code? – The batch code identifies the manufacture date of the product. Usually it is printed on both the primary container and outer packaging. The batch code consists from numbers and letters. If the product is not marked, then it must have the expiration date written. How To Tell If Cosmetics Are Expired