To maintain that healthy facial glow, here are some helpful facts about the shelf life of your cosmetic product. Heat destroys the shelf life of your favorite products, so a trick of the trade for desert dwellers is to find a handy little make-up tote and refrigerate your make-up. The bonus of refrigeration is the refreshing coolness during application!

  1. Mascara

Mascara should be replaced every three months, as its liquid consistency and exposure to air every time it is opened make it more vulnerable to bacteria. Also, be cautious when sharing your mascara with others; it is not recommended.

2. Liquid Eyeliners

Liquid eyeliners present the same concerns as mascaras, so they should be replaced every six months. Pencil eyeliners, however, can last up to two years.

3. Foundations

Most foundations should last up to one year; however, you should throw away liquid foundations if you notice any change in smell, texture or color. If you’re prone to acne, consider replacing your foundation every six months and be sure to wash hands, sponges, and brushes much more often.

4. Lip Gloss

Because of the liquid consistency of lip-gloss, it will need to be replaced more often than an actual lipstick; every 12 months is recommended.

5. Concealers

The longevity of concealers depends upon consistency. Liquid concealer should be tossed after one year; however, powder concealer can last up to two years.

6. Nail Paint

If you notice a change in color in your nail polish or even a bad smell, it’s time to throw your polish away. Typically, it should last you up to two years.

7. Blush and Eyeshadows

Powder, blush, bronzer or eyeshadow can last for two years, with proper care. And don’t forget to clean your brushes often!


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