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Makeup expiration: When to throw it out

Should you still be using that year-old concealer? And is that lipstick past its prime? Here's when to throw our your makeup.

By Erin Finlayson

Makeup expiration: When to throw it out

Chances are your makeup is older than you think. Here are some tips to keep in mind when checking if your product has expired:

1. Check for changes in smell, colour or texture—this can mean the product has gone bad.

2. Clean your brushes and sponges weekly using warm water and a mild soap.

3. Your kid gave you pink eye? Ditch your eye products and give your eyes a break until it passes. Then, buy new eye makeup that you use daily.

A version of this article appeared in our April 2016 issue, titled "Keep or Toss?", on pg. 32.  

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