MAKEUP, like food, has an expiration date.
That's because bacteria can accumulate in foundations, or eyeshadows and mascaras and, the result can be rashes and irritation.
So take some time to sort through your makeup drawer and cosmetics bag.
Bin anything that is older than these guidelines:
Mascara - three months
Liquid foundation/tinted moisturiser - 12 months.
Cream products (eye shadows, blushes) - 12-18 months.
Lipsticks and lip pencils - two years.
Powder products (face powders, eye shadows, blushes) - two years.
It also pays to check the use by date on skincare.
If you use brushes for your makeup, these should be washed and thoroughly dried regularly as they, too, can harbour bacteria.
Remember makeup should always be stored in a cool, dark place, not left in the car or on a windowsill.
Some skincare will keep better in the fridge, especially if it is low in preservatives and chemicals.
It is best to always remove your makeup at night to ensure your pores don't keep any dirt or toxins which can be harmful to your skin.