Does makeup have an expiry date? Tobi Henney reveals…

Tobi HenneyBeauty hoarders, while it may seem like a crime to toss a product before you’ve used every last drop, make up has an expiration date for a reason! Ignoring them could result in bacteria buildup (eek!), in turn, causing skin irritation, breakouts, eye infections, and styes. And the older makeup gets, the more susceptible it is to germs and bacteria.

So when should you throw out makeup? One of Australia’s most sought after celebrity & fashion hair and makeup artists, Tobi Henney gives us the lowdown.

How to tell if your makeup has expired 

  • Change in texture
  • Strange odour
  • Colour separates

Guide to Makeup expiry dates 

Bare Minerals, mascara


Use by: 2-3 months (the one product you should most frequently update)

Shop → BareMinerals Flawless Definition Curl  & Lengthening Mascara $26.00

Chanel Foundation

Liquid foundation

Use by: 6-12 months

Shop →  Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua $77.00

Sephora blush apricot

Powder based products

Use by: 2 years

Shop → Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush $36.00

Charlotte Tilbury, lipstick


Use by: 2 years

Shop → Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick $48.00

curtis collection


Use by: 12 months

Shop → Curtis Collection V Gloss $30.00

TIP: To get maximum longevity from your make up, make sure you store in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and always close the lids tightly after use.


Tobi’s top hygiene tips 

Isocol alcohol can be used over cream products such as lipstick and cream concealer to avoid bacteria build up

Avoid double dipping, particularly if you are applying makeup to an open cold sore or pimple

Do not share mascara. This is a big no no!

Cleaning your makeup tools once a week will reduce the likelihood of breakouts and help keep skin clear. Simply taking a drop of brush cleaner or very gentle soap in your palm and swirl the bristles. Rinse thoroughly, and then squeeze out excess moisture with a clean towel. Leave to dry overnight.

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