When to Toss Your Makeup

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Knowing when to throw away sour milk is basically a no-brainer, but what about your makeup? Unlike food, figuring out the shelf life of cosmetics takes a bit of vigilance on your part. Expired makeup could lead to breakouts and even infections, so keep reading to learn about the shelf life of your favorite products.

Shelf Life: 6 Months

Our go-to cosmetic for enhancing our lashes, mascara is also the makeup tool we should be most careful about keeping. Bacteria enters the tube between all the inserting and removal of the wand, which means potential redness, itchiness, sties or even pinkeye. Quick tip: If your mascara starts to develop a distinct gasoline-like smell, it's time for a new one.

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