7 Tips for Telling when It's Time to Replace Your Old Makeup ...

Every girl needs to clean out her makeup bag regularly, and get rid of any makeup that's past its best. Using makeup that's too old can cause skin infections, or the consistency may be spoiled. So should you trust the use-by dates on makeup, and how else can you tell that your mascara or foundation needs replacing? Here are some tips to help …

1. Throw That Frightful Foundation

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Liquid foundation tends to spoil sooner than powder foundation, because of the water content. So pay attention to when you opened it; you shouldn't keep water-based foundation more than a year after you opened the tube. Oil-based foundation will last up to six months longer. If it's going bad, you'll find that the foundation has separated or that the color has changed, so it's time to toss it out.

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