The Organized Dream

When Does Makeup Expire? Storage Options and Free Printable

by The Organized Dream

So, when should you get rid of your makeup? How long do you think you can keep that tube of mascara? How about that lipstick you love, but can’t remember the last time you wore it? Some of us are makeup hoarders. I’m guilty to some extent. I have eye shadow from my teenage years, but is it a good idea to keep that stash of old stuff?

In this post, I’m sharing when your makeup actually expires, the best ways to store and organize your makeup and a free printable you can use to track when your makeup expires!


  • Oil-Free Foundation: 1 year
  • Cream or Compact Foundation: 18 months
  • Concealer: 12-18 months 
  • Powder: 2 years 
  • Blush and Bronzer: 2 years 
  • Cream Blush: 12-18 months 
  • Powder Eye Shadow: 2 years 
  • Cream Eye Shadow: 12-18 months 
  • Eyeliner: 2 years 
  • Liquid Eyeliner: 3-6 months 
  • Mascara: 3 months 
  • Lipstick: 2 years 
  • Lip Liner: 2 years 
  • Lip Gloss: 18-24 months 
  • Cleanser: 1 year
  • Toner: 6-12 months
  • Moisturizer: 1 year
  • Clean Your Makeup Brushes Once A Month


Storage Options

A great way to keep track of what you have and how long it’s good for is to keep your makeup organized and buy only what you’re going to use so you don’t end up wasting all that money. When organizing your makeup, keep everything together in groups. This will ultimately nix the “I don’t know what happened to my …” problem and you’ll be able to keep track of what needs to go. 

It’s best that you try to avoid storing your makeup in the bathroom if you can help it. The hot steam from showers and constant moisture actually breaks down your makeup and shortens it’s life. It is also good practice not to store your makeup brushes out in the open on your vanity because whenever a toilet is flushed bacteria is set into the air up to 6 feet and can land on your brushes. This can cause breakouts and skin irritation. Yeah, and uh it’s pretty gross!

Some great storage solutions include plastic drawers that can easily be stored on your nightstand, dresser or vanity.


Brushes can be stored in glass vases and jars. They’ll be in reach and it looks decorative and organized at the same time. I really like this idea to store them in a spinning desk organizer.


If you have so much makeup, it’s hard to store it all in one place, a great solution is to use a Raskog cart you can find at Ikea. It’s spacious shelves offer a ton of storage space.


When you’re traveling, keeping your makeup safe is pretty important. After all, makeup can cost a pretty penny. There are a bunch of ways you can store your makeup while traveling like pouches, but cases are your best bet. This particular case holds and organizes a ton of makeup!


Now on to the printable! To make it easier for you to remember all of these expiration dates, I’ve created an easy printable list for you to download. It also leaves spaces for you to fill in when you purchased the item and when it was opened since the expiration time doesn’t technically start until it’s opened.

Click Here to Download

Does this make you want to purge those unused makeup products? What is the oldest makeup item in your bag right now? Share in the comments!

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