When to Replace Your Makeup (Mascara, for Example, Only Lasts Two Months!)

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Let’s be honest: many of us don’t replace our makeup until it looks past its prime. But, in many cases, it probably expired months earlier, says celeb makeup artist Nikki Robinson. Once your mascara is cakey, you’re more likely to get breakouts or an infection, because its anti-bacterial properties have gone bad. Make sure your makeup is up-to-date with Robinson’s guide. Below, she reveals when to replace each item in your makeup bag:

Lipstick:
1 year

Mascara: 2 months

Eyeshadow: 2 years

Powder (such as pressed powder, bronzer or blush): 2 years

Water Based Foundations (usually labeled as oil-free, matte, or mattyfying): 1 year

Oil Based Foundations (they have oil as their first or second ingredient): 1.5 years

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