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Most makeup products don't list an expiry date on the packaging -- but this doesn't mean they last forever. Quality degradation, flakes of dead skin and harmful bacteria are just a few of the reasons you might want to clear out your vanity. (Remember - you're putting this stuff on your face!)

If you're unsure when to replace old, half-used cosmetics, this handy cheat sheet lists the "best before" dates for 21 common products.

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If there’s one makeup technique that separates pros from amateurs, it’s complexion work. Convincingly faking perfect skin with makeup requires a working knowledge of colour theory, lighting, skin types and cosmetic formulations — not to mention a lot of experience.

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Thick, fluffy brows — you know, the ones you plucked into submission in the 90s that refuse to regrow — are making a serious comeback. For those of us with naturally "meh" brows, the deluge of readily available tinted eyebrow gels in recent years has been a godsend: a good gel emphasises the hairs you already have, making it that much easier to pretend your brows are naturally luscious.

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Sure, rubbing an egg-shaped beauty blender on your face feels great, and it smooths make-up like nobody's business. But as everyone with an elaborate skincare routine knows, getting make-up off of any surface is not easy, especially when it has been firmly ground into an oblong sponge.

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Halloween is here, and with it comes much making of spooOOooky messes! Halloween messes are special, in that they can be pretty bad ones, but fortunately for you guys, I'm both a Clean Person and a Halloween Person, and so I have solutions up my very witchy sleeves for you.

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If you're the type to use blotting paper to sop up the sweat or oil on your face, you've perhaps wondered which ones are best. Are the most expensive ones better? Should you get the sheets that smell like flowers? Or should you just pass on oil blotting sheets altogether, opting instead for a hanky or a perpetually dewy glow?

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It's hard to know where to start when looking for the right mascara. Just a quick run through the drugstore and you'll see more types of mascara than you could wear in an entire year, so how can one possibly know which one is right for you? I'm here to help, but first, let's start with the basics.

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When you think of makeup, you think of lipstick -- lipstick and blush, probably. Lipstick is a cornerstone of everyone's beauty routine and an essential to every beauty bag. It's one of the few products that can finish a look, or be a look all on its own. With so many lip products available, finding the right product for you can be a challenge, but finding the perfect shade and formula is always, always worth the leg work. Let me help!

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Finding the right foundation isn't easy. With so many options available, it's almost impossible to know where to start. If you narrow down what you're looking for from your foundation, the level of coverage and type of finish you want, it can make finding the perfect base a lot easier.