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Wondering how long cosmetics last?
There is a risk of bacterial contamination to all cosmetics, which can lead to infection, and the risk increases with time and use.
Here are suggestions to take seriously to avoid infection.
Mascara: Keep 3 – 6 months or discard if it thickens or clumps. When opening a new one, put a moving sticker on the bottom with the date to help you keep track.
Eyeliner: Sharpen often and place in alcohol or witch hazel to prevent germs from breeding. Discard if you have conjunctivitis or other infection. Never share your eyeliner with anyone!
Eye Shadows: Discard after six months even if the color still looks good. Discard if you have conjunctivitis or other infection. Never share your eye shadows with anyone.
Lipstick: Even if the color still looks good, toss out after a year or discard if you have a cold sore.
Blush: Toss after a year even if the color still looks okay. Use a clean brush to apply your blush.
Foundation: Throw out liquid and moisture base foundation after a year — sooner if the color, odor or consistency changes. Do not add water to foundation. Close liquid makeup tightly after each use.
Make-Up Applicators: Replace sponge applicators often. Wash makeup brushes every 10 days or so in liquid soap or shampoo and water. Lay them horizontally to dry. Never share your applicators or brushes.