I'm thinking of turning this into a competition ... how old is your oldest bit of makeup?
I know that you're supposed to change mascara every three months, and it generally dries out after about 5 or 6 months, but what about other products? I mean I have eyeshadow sat in my makeup bag that have got to be 4 or 5 years old. I've also got an eyeliner which I'm sure I bought in the late 1990s (it still works fine - I just sharpen it)!
But even my decade old eyeliner is nothing. No, zooming into the lead with the oldest makeup I can think of is my Mum. She still has original (and I mean 1960s original) Mary Quant eyeshadow! And until recently, it was still used... Here are some photos (love the green colour - most of the purple used was by me when I was a teenager and these clearly aren't the original brushes):
Now my Mum is not a makeup person - she only wears makeup on a night out, and minimal makeup at that. Rummaging in her makeup bag this weekend, I found two lipsticks , some tinted moisturiser, a powder compact and two eye shadow duos (one blue one green). That is it! No mascara, no blusher, no eyeliner! She swore that she chucked out the Mary Quant eyeshadows, but I found them hidden away at the back of her toiletries drawer. I was amazed that one of her lipsticks was Chanel, but she said she only had it as she forgot to take her make up bag on a cruise, so she had to buy it on board - it was Chanel or nothing!
We reckoned that these eyeshadows are 45 years old, given that she was a funky 60s girl, living in Kensington in the mid-60s. Can you beat 45 year old eyeshadow, or is this the world's oldest?