De-clutter Your Makeup

Like most this makeup doesn’t last forever and if you don’t throw out old makeup you can pay for it with your skin or even infections (especially with eye makeup). This post is all about letting go of expired makeup and when to say goodbye!

Now you know I’m a beauty junkie so saying throwing out makeup isn’t my cup of tea but when it’s time it’s just time and on the upside it means more room for new makeup!

Before we get into expiration dates let’s look at simple ways to keep your makeup in order and how to know which ones should see the door (or bin!)

  • It’s best to toss out any dupes if you now own the real thing. 
  • Just because you paid a lot of money for it doesn’t mean you have to hold onto it forever especially if you actually don’t like the colour or product itself. 
  • Look at all you own and if you haven’t used it in the last year then toss it whether it’s expired or not.
  • If it smells funny or the product has separated – toss that bad boy.
  • Donate products you don’t use or don’t like to friends who might suit the products.
  • Stop purchasing shades you already own.

Now onto expiry dates :

I’ll start with things that last the longest – so the following is items with a 2 year expiry

  • Powder eyeshadow
  • Lipstick 
  • Lipliner
  • Face powder
  • Blush powder

With a 1 year expiry:

  • Eyeliner pencil
  • Eyebrow gel
  • Cream eyeshadow
  • Lipgloss
  • Cream/liquid foundation
  • Concealer
  • Cream blush

6 months:

  • Liquid eyeliner 

And finally the item you should throw out every 3 months:

  • Mascara

Now I would pay attention to all the eye items because you don’t want to mess around with your eyes when infection or irritation occurs when using old products in the eye it can get pretty ugly and quite a while to recover.

Now onto makeup tools! How often to wash them?

Brushes: once a week 

Sponges: after every use

Tweezers: after every use

Sharpener: once a week 

Eyelash curler: once a week 

What is the oldest makeup product in your collection and how long have you had it?

Mine would be a fiber mascara and I’ve had it for about 5 years – it’s def time to say goodbye!!

Comment below yours!



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