Break Up with Your Makeup

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Janene Mascarella on Jun 1, 2009 at 3:02PM

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If it has a bad odor, it can be contaminated with bacteria and there's a possibility of getting an infection. "If it's separated, it means the product is unstable and has undergone some change, and it's not going to work as it should," says Dr. Peter Pugliese, a skin physiologist based out of Reading, PA. "Chemically, it's a goner." Makeup items have to be formulated very carefully to get the color, spread and consistency just right. Another thing you have to consider: any natural product that says it does not contain a preservative is going to have a shorter shelf life and can be easily contaminated. You want to be very careful when it says that, says Dr. Pugliese.

So, is it time to get tough and kiss that old makeup goodbye? Dr. Pugliese offers this handy-dandy "when-to-toss" guide...

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