How to check make up and skin care expiry date

There are a couple of factors you need to consider when checking your make up expiry date.

  • General standard
  • Period after opening
  • Production date


General Standard 

First of all, as I’m sure you all know, there is the standard expiration date according to which type of product or category it falls into.

Mascara — 3 months.
Liquid Foundation and Concealer — 6 to 12 months.
Cream Blush and Eyeshadow — 6 to 12 months.
Powder Blush and Eyeshadow — 1 year.
Eyeliner and Lipliner Pencils — Up to 2 years.
Liquid Eyeliner — 6 months or less.
Lipstick — 1 year.
Moisturisers and Skin Care — 1 to 2 years.

The above suggestions is from The Best Health Mag.

However, the above recommendation is just a simple standard. Each product contains different ingredients therefore expires at a different time frame.


Period After Opening

On the back of the bottle, there is also an icon which displays in either ‘M’ or ‘Y’.

M stands for Months/ Y stands for Years.

The below icon means that the product should be used for 12 months after opening. This is the “period after opening” recommendation date.

expiry date


 Production Date using Batch number or lot code

Generally, manufacturers put the batch date or lot number on the product. This is a legal requirement.


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