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How long does makeup last?

By: Laura Moss on Feb. 22, 2011, 7:59 a.m.
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Eye shadow

Powder eye shadows are a good investment because they can last up to two years, whereas cream shadows are typically good for only six to eight months. You can extend the shelf life of both types of eye shadow by keeping them stored in a cool area away from sunlight, which can destroy preservatives.