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How Long Does Mascara Last?

Plus: What happens if you forget to throw it out



When to throw out mascara

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Question: How Long Does Mascara Last?

Answer: Mascara is one makeup product in your bag that you want to keep tabs on. It's a breeding ground for bacteria. Most mascaras with a tube and a wand have an antibacterial agent in them that last about 6 weeks making you safe for at least a couple months and likely safe up to 4. You risk eye infection the longer you keep the product. If you notice the smell changes or the texture changes, throw it out. It's not worth it.

If you don't throw your mascara out after 4 months, chances are good it will dry up anyway.

Find out the shelf life of other makeup in my article, "What is the Shelf Life of Foundation, Eyeshadow & More."

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