Beauty products have a use-by date, but it’s not on their labels. So play it safe, sort out what you need and toss those eye shadows and pencils you’ve been hoarding. Next, if an item hasn’t changed in colour, texture or smell, follow these recommended expiry dates, starting from the time you first use the product.
Mascara: 3-4 months (replace it to avoid infections such as pink eye).
Face cleanser and moisturisers: 6 months.
Natural cosmetics: 6 months.
Face powder and eye shadow: 2 years.
Cream eye shadow: 12-18 months (you should stop using them if you develop an infection).
Foundation: 1 year.
Concealer: 6-12 months.
Lipstick and lip gloss: 1-2 years.
Eye and lip pencils: 1-2 years (sharpen or clean to refresh the tip
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