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What's in Your Makeup?

We deconstruct the five essentials you use every day. Plus how to apply it and when to throw it away.

5. Eye Shadow continued...

Line the lower eye?

"Women wonder whether they should skip lower eye liner because they've heard it can make their eyes look smaller or accentuate under-eye darkness," Ahnert says. The solution: Line your lower eyelid with powder eye shadow in a lighter shade than you use on your upper eyelid.  

When to ditch it:

Pressed-powder eye shadow can last two years, Friedman says. Cream or stick varieties should be tossed after six months. But if you have highly sensitive skin, it's a good idea to replace all your makeup products every three to four months, he says.  

The doctor says ...

If your lids get itchy or red when you wear eye shadow, switch to earth-toned hues. "These contain fewer dyes and are less likely to irritate the skin," Friedman says.

When you're ready to remove your makeup, cleansing cloths are a great way to start, says makeup artist Kimara Ahnert. But "these cloths just take care of surface makeup and grime," she says. "It's best to follow them with a good cleanser to nourish and treat the skin and make sure you're not leaving behind dirt or product that could clog pores."

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