Should you be dumping that lippo into the bin? Find out the average shelf life of various makeup.
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Your favorite 3-year-old lipgloss still smells and looks okay, should you be ditching it anyway? Run your makeup inventory against our cosmetics expiry guide to see whether you ought to be trashing them instead of using them on your face.
Cosmetics expiry checklist
Always check the use-by labels on your cosmetics. Don't see any? Use this checklist below as a general guide:
Prolonging shelf life
In a hot and humid climate like ours, it is always wise to keep your cosmetics and skincare products away from direct sunlight.
Also, wash your makeup sponges and brushes weekly with warm soap water, and leave them to dry naturally. Do not add water into drying mascara: it won't work, and you're just introducing more bacteria into the tube. Sharpen your eye liner and lip liner pencils regularly to get rid of the bacteria growth on the tips. And if your compact powder case is broken or has cracked, get a new one.