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How long does makeup last?

By: Laura Moss on Feb. 22, 2011, 7:59 a.m.
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Facial powder, whether it's loose or pressed, can last up to two years when stored properly. Keep the jar or compact tightly closed and store it away from direct heat or sunlight. If the powder's texture or color changes, or if it develops an odor, it's time to replace it.