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How long does makeup last?

By: Laura Moss on Feb. 22, 2011, 7:59 a.m.
eye liner and sharpener

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Eye and lip liner

Eye and lip pencils can last up to a year if you care for them properly. Sharpen the pencils once a week to prevent bacteria from being transferred to your lips or eyes. If your liner becomes dry or crumbly, or if you notice a white coloring at the tip of the pencil, toss it. Liquid liners have a much shorter shelf life and shouldn’t be used after six months.