Top tips on how to prolong the life of your favourite make-upMore
We're all guilty of it; hoarding our favourite make-up for much longer that we actually should. In fact 17% of us readily admit to owning a mascara for (a shocking) eight years. And as for lipsticks? Those coral and fuchsia brights that we dust off each spring and then go into hibernation for almost half of the year; studies show that some of us are using them more than a decade later.
The unfortunate truth is that make-up is a breeding ground for bacteria (unforgiving germs that love anything containing water) and using products past their recommended use-by date can lead to infections, rashes and breakouts.
But replacing products is pricey business, so we've collated a guide of expert tips on how to make your products last longer and how long is too long to be attached to that red lipstick.
Check The Label
Expert: Rebecca Butterworth, MAC Senior Artist
'All cosmetics products have a shelf life date printed on the box – it's the little open jar with a number inside it on the label. That number is the number of months the product will stay safely useable from when it's first opened. But as a general rule, powders last longer than liquids.'