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Is Your Makeup Bag Expired?

You may not know it, but your makeup bag could be well past its expiry date. If you look a little closer, youíll probably find a product or two that youíve had a good few years.

Unlike medicines or foodstuffs, the law doesnít require cosmetics to have an expiration date, but that doesnít necessarily mean your favorite lip liner or mascara is safe to use.

Once a product has been opened, airborne bacteria can get in, so keeping your favorite shade of blue eye shadow for years is not ideal. Although no specific timelines have been set, itís advisable to replace your mascara every two to four months, as itís most prone to attracting bacteria. Liquids such as foundations should be replaced every six months, while powders, eye shadows and blush should be replaced every twelve months.

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