Imagine a gooey foundation or a lip gloss that is sticker than glue or mascara that flakier than snow flakes (ugh!!) – makeup has an expiration date, but we keep forgetting that and continue to use products that can have harmful effects like skin irritation, breakouts, eye infections, and styes.

Also, I understand when the idea of throwing away makeup weighs heavy on you, I mean why should I throw away makeup that I spent so much on? Well, girl, you don’t want to know the high levels of bacteria that live in them and before you put ALL THAT anywhere on your face, we’re going to tell you a few subtle signs that’ll tell you that it’s time to throw away your makeup!


This is a no-brainer. I mean when your favourite product starts smelling like something died or just a tangy off smell, it’s time to toss it. It could be your foundation, a mascara or lipstick.


Simply put, when your mascara dries out, or oil separates from the foundation or lipstick and  your blush or powder has this weird coating on top of which could be due to oils on your face, say bye-bye.


This is too obvious by the way, however it goes unnoticed. Lipsticks change color, eye shadows and foundations too get dark and grey, should be replaced.


Clumps mean there’s bacteria growing in your makeup especially when it’s liquid makeup. Lumps or bumps means serious business.

Makeup comes with an expiration date, we all know it, but we just don’t want to throw it away. Your skin deserves to be loved and I’m sure that you don’t want to use bacteria-filled, rusted makeup to the next soiree!

Written by Faryal Syed
Asst Editor. Blogger. Enthusiast.