How long should you keep your make-up?? It can be hard to decide when to throw out that perfect colour of foundation or favourite shadow or lip gloss!! 
When it's time to toss depends on many factors. including, type of make up, how and where it’s been stored, and if you’ve had an eye infection. Some make up shouldn’t be kept longer than 3 months, but you can hang on to others for a couple years.
The guidelines for when to discard make up are usually set out by people who work within the industry. The FDA and health Canada keeps an eye on cosmetics manufacturers, and provide some general advice.
For max life span from your make up, buy only unopened cosmetics. When you get it home, store them in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Always close the lids tightly!!!
Here are some cosmetics and the recommended shelf life after it has been opened.
(adapted from the website.)

  • Mascara: Toss your mascara after 3 months. Mascara has the shortest life span because or the risk of transferring bacteria back and forth from your eye into the mascara tube. If your mascara starts to dry out before its 90 days is up, throw it away. Don’t add water or saliva to your mascara. Doing so will increase your chances of an eye infection. 
  • Eye pencils: Can be kept up to 2 years. To make sure you’re using a clean tip, sharpen before each application. 
  • Eye shadows: Keep your applicators clean and your liquid shadows should last 12 months. Powder shadows will keep 2 years. 
    Throw out all Eye makeup and applications if you have had an eye infection!!!  The virus or bacteria that caused the infection will likely transfer to your make up, so using those cosmetics again could cause you to develop another infection.
  • Lipsticks: tube lipsticks and lip pencils are generally good for 2 years. just like your eye pencils, sharpen your lip pencils before each use. If you use either during a cold sore break out toss and replace!!!
  • Blushes and powders: toss those cream blushes after a year, powders after 2 years.Think of it this way If it smells weird, develops a film, or has a mold-green tint to it, it’s gone bad and needs to be tossed out.
  • Foundations and concealers: Moisturizing foundations and stick concealers can hang around for 18 months. A 12-month shelf life applies to both oil-free foundations, which can dry out quickly, and liquid concealers. 
    Use clean brushes and sponges to lengthen the life of your cosmetics. Wash or replace your applicators frequently. I ash mine every other day. opening a cosmetic for the first time? Write the date on the product! you will know right when it's time it up!!