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"Cleaning out your bathroom cabinets is one of the easiest—and most crucial—mini-makeovers, but so many women just never take the time to do so," Martin says. "Makeup does have expiration dates, especially liquids like mascara and lip gloss, which are susceptible to bacteria growth."
The general rule: If you've had a product that uses an applicator for longer than three months, toss it. It may be tough to throw out a barely-used tube of lip gloss or mascara, but it's not worth risking infection or even temporary or permanent blindness, according to the FDA! If that's not enough to inspire you to start purging, keep in mind that you can probably find a brand new replacement for less than $10 at the drugstore. So grab a trash bag and be ruthless!
Here's a quick roundup of the average shelf life for common beauty products:
Cleanser: 6 to 12 months
Concealer: up to 1 year
Eyeliner: 3 years (but sharpen regularly to make sure it's clean!)
Eye shadow: 2 years (powder), 1 year (liquid)
Foundation: 6 to 12 months
Lipstick: 1 year
Powder/blush: up to 2 years
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