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HOW LONG MAKEUP LASTS

Some things last forever. Makeup isn't one of them. Unlike diamonds, it expires. Yes, sadly, it's true.

Those expiration dates on cosmetics are not a marketing ploy to get you to buy more eye make up when you can still scrape some definition out of your old mascara tube.

With cosmetics, it's a safety issue. Especially with eye makeup. Every time you wand on that mascara and dip the brush back in the tube, you transfer bacteria from your eye to the tube, where it will make baby bacteria that you will then reapply to your eyes the next day.

It's not a beautiful cycle of life.

Here's how long you can expect your new makeup products to last once you've opened them. Start the time clock when you open the container. Since you'll never remember or be able to keep up with everything, write the expiration date on a file label or on the product label itself with a permanent marker.

MASCARA

3 months.

EYE SHADOW

6 months.

MOISTURIZER

6 months.

BLUSH

6 to 12 months.

POWDER

1 year.

NAIL POLISH

2 years.

CLEANSER

6 months.

FOUNDATION

6 months.

CONCEALER/PRIMER

6 to 8 months.

LIPSTICK & LIP GLOSS

1 year.

TONER

1 year.

SPONGES & BRUSHES

Toss disposables; wash others regularly.

FINAL MAKEUP SAFETY TIPS:

Keep makeup containers tightly closed and don't add water to thin out foundation or other products.
  • Keep containers tightly closed and store them at room temperature. Toss anything that looks or smells bad. Yuck.
  • Remember that organic cosmetics, and those that have no preservatives, may expire sooner than others.
  • Don't add water to thin out a mineral foundation or other cosmetics.
  • Don't share cosmetics - similarly, avoid shared testers in stores. You're just asking for trouble.

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.