You don’t have to be a bona fide product hoarder to resist the idea of tossing your makeup. Here at Glitter Guide, we get carried away testing tons of beauty bits and tend to accumulate even more than we thought humanly possible. But makeup has a shelf life, and over time our treasured products collect dirt, bacteria and other unmentionables, often turning into a breeding ground for skin and eye irritations. Not cute stuff! So when exactly is the right time to part with certain products? We’re here to break it down with a foolproof guide for sensibly lightening your makeup load. Oh—and what’s the best part about getting rid of products, you ask? The excuse to buy more . . .
Written by Kaleigh Fasanella
Recurring eye infections are one of the first signs that it’s time to toss your makeup. Experts advise hanging onto mascara no longer than three months, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should kick a $36 mascara to the curb after 12 weeks. If it’s not dried out and doesn’t have a funky smell—and you haven’t noticed any eye irritations—hang onto it for six months or so. A pencil eyeliner can last one to two years, as long you care for it properly (sharpen regularly and always use the cap!). Powdered eye shadows can last anywhere from two to four years, as long as you clean your brushes regularly and haven’t used them after an eye infection. (image)