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December 11, 2007

Make Over Your Makeup

New season, new reason to rethink your treasured tools. Here's what to cherish, what to chuck!

different compacts tubes and sticks of makeup

Photo Credit: A. Stawiarz/Getty Images

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Most women wouldn't be caught dead without an It bag — but don't think twice about loading it up with petrified mascara, a foundation with an expired SPF, and lipstick so tired they can't read the name on the label. Who cares? Your skin, for one. This year, break from the past with rich new colors, more sophisticated textures, and ingredients well worth working into your routine.

Liquid Foundation
Lasts: One year
Toss it when: The formula thickens and smells different.
To make the most of it: Keep glass bottles away from sunlight.

Lasts: Two years
Toss it when: It doesn't go on as smoothly as it used to.
To make the most of it: After a month's use, chop off the tip and dip into the untouched lipstick with a brush.

Lasts: Three months
Toss it when: It takes 10 swipes to get anything on your lashes.
To make the most of it: Close the tube tight to prevent dry-out.

Lasts: One year
Toss it when: The texture changes, or there's a mildew-y smell coming from the brush.
To make the most of it: Wipe brush applicators dry after every use.

Cream Blush
Lasts: One year
Toss it when: You get a flush look that looks oily, not dewy.
To make the most of it: Swipe a new sponge over the surface so you get a clean layer of color each time.

Lasts: 12 to 18 months
Toss it when: The tip becomes waxy.
To make the most of it: Sharpen the pencil after every use.

Powder Eyeshadow
Lasts: More than two years
Toss it when: The shimmer no longer sparkles or the matte finish just looks chalky.
To make the most of it: Buy a smaller pan — instead of a suitcaseful of shadow — for a more manageable amount.

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