One of the many myths about makeup is that it lasts forever. However, just like food, all beauty products have an expiry date to prevent any harm. Whilst some products come with Period After Opening (PAO) symbol indicating how long you should keep the product after opening, many either don’t or they fade away over time. So, to ensure you’re keeping your makeup fresh we’ve curated a guide so you know exactly how long your makeup lasts and when it’s time to say bye-bye to your well-loved cosmetics.
Let’s start with the base-ics. As liquid foundations contain a high amount of water and oil, they typically have a shorter shelf-life due to an increased risk of bacterial contamination. We recommend getting rid of your foundation after 12 months, or sooner if you notice a change in colour and texture. Alternatively, powder foundations can last up to 24 months as the dry formula means less chance of bacteria growth. To keep your foundations safer for longer, we recommend cleaning your tools once a week with an antibacterial spray such as the Cinema Secrets Professional Make Up Brush Cleaner.
PAO: 12-24 months