Do not keep your makeup beyond its life-span, and if it is showing warning signs of “toss time”, ditch it even sooner. To keep it longer, will be like applying bacteria to your face! To keep your makeup from spoiling, store it in a cool place with the caps screwed on tightly. Keep it out of the sun! Many celebrity makeup artists go through great lengths to keep their makeup bags in the shade when traveling. Average “toss times” are listed below for the most frequently used cosmetics.
Foundation: • Life-span = 6 months to 1 year • Warning signs = thickening, altered color, or change in odor
Concealer: • Life-span = 1 to 1 ½ years • Warning signs = color change or thickening
Brush, Face powder, Eye-shadow: • Life-span = 3 years • Warning signs = texture change when applying, dryness or change in color
Mascara: • Life-span = 3 to 4 months • Warning signs = Change in odor, texture, or color
Pencils: (for eyes or lips) • Life-span = 3 to 6 months • Warning signs = Change in odor, texture, or color
Lipstick: • Life-span: 2 years • Warning signs = taste or odor change, stickiness
Learning when to discard your makeup will also keep you from using makeup that is now out of style.
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