Makeup Shelf Life: All About Care, Cleaning, & Expiration {American Beauty}


Keeping your makeup organized is a great start to having clean and bacteria free products because you know where it all is.  I posted my favorite makeup organization and American made storage solutions to get it all organized last week. Today I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about how to care for and clean your makeup, plus how long you can expect it to last.

Makeup Shelf Life Chart

This chart will give you a basic guide of how long of a shelf life your makeup has once it has been opened.


How To Clean Makeup Brushes & Sponges

In addition to following the shelf life guidelines to keep your makeup bacteria free you should clean your brushes bi-weekly at minimum.  For oily and break out prone skin types, weekly is ideal.  Don’t forget your makeup bag either. It is a complete breeding ground for bacteria. Ew!

Use a brush cleanser.   Put a dime size of cleanser with a little water in the palm of your hand and swirl it around to loosen up all the makeup, dirt and oil buildup.  Continue you to swirl and rinse under warm running water.  Re shape brush and let air dry. Mine dry really fast in a brush holder made of  a re-purposed candle jar with stones sitting on my bathroom counter.

I recommend Beauty Blender Cleanser.  It is dye and irritant free with a light lavender scent.  It is in a moisturizing soy base as an added bonus. Soy allergy?  Baby shampoo works in a pinch too.


This cleanser is by the same company that makes the beloved Beauty Blender.

A note about Beauty Blender for those of you who haven’t heard of it or used one:  It is  a makeup application sponge that helps to achieve great coverage with minimal makeup and leaves a flawless finish, airbrushed if you will.  Many products of this kind are not made domestically but the Beauty Blender is made in USA.  The Beauty Blender is a latex-free sponge as well.


Keeping your brushes clean prevents dirt, oil and makeup buildup.  That keeps your application smooth and wards off unwanted shine.

All good makeup applications start with healthy skin so the proper care of your products and beauty tools is as critical as your skin care routine.

About The Author

Post by Angie Barnes

Angie Barnes is a Beauty and Style Editor showcasing American made products in her realistic advice, practical routines and reviews. She also serves up professional makeup and skin care services as a Licensed Esthetician in a busy salon.


  1. Thanks for the list. I didn’t realize that nailpolish only lasts about a year… time to do some cleaning out!
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  2. Jill Homiak says:

    Awesome tips and always good to keep this in mind!

  3. wow, I had no idea mascara is only good for 3 months??? I better get rid of mine today.

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