Spring Cleaning Your Makeup: When Is Makeup Too Old To Keep?

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Don't let the spring cleaning end with your closets! Organizing your wardrobe, your rooms, and even your refrigerator is a good thing but so is cleaning out your makeup stash.

Not only does makeup have an expiration date but there is no point in saving products that you haven't used EVER. The risk of using old makeup is high and can cause skin irritations, eye infections, rashes, just to name a few. To ensure you keep your makeup stash clean and fresh for use it is important to purge and organize.

This is my makeup organizer (purchased from the container store). I have left makeup in it that I tried a few times and didn't work out for me or have been around far longer than I should have left them stay.

I simply pulled out the products I may have had for one or two years. Mascara has a shelf life when used for three months! That's right! You have to toss out your mascara every three months because when it is in use, every time you open it bacteria goes inside.

I have to admit it was a bit hard to part with some products I had but I know that two years is the limit on most makeup and it was time to say goodbye. I have read that using liquid foundation with a brush last longer than if you use your finger. Also it is important to clean your brushes well and to change your applicators often. That helps to keep the product at its best and stretch out its use.

There is so much I am learning about beauty products lately. It is sort of exciting. It's like being a kid in a candy store! I feel like at my age I can benefit more by wearing makeup then when I was younger. I always looked younger than what I was and if this makes any sense at all-makeup actually looked weird on me. Almost like it didn't look right even when done right. I think now that I am older makeup brings out the best out of my features and I am loving the results.

Here is some more information on how long you should keep your makeup:

Have you purged and cleaned your makeup stash yet? What other tips do you have for spring cleaning your makeup?

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  1. I know that this is true, but it is so hard. I do not wear makeup often, generally just on date nights or special occasions. I don't know why, I guess I am just too lazy. It may be three months in between uses of mascara which means I should buy a new one each time I finally get to go out on a date night. :( Maybe this is just another push telling me I should wear it more.

  2. Hello! My name is Cristina I'm 35, I'm from Brazil Parana. I'm visiting your blog for the first time. Enjoyed your post, very helpful. Loved your organization was perfect. I'm starting in vintage style and for sure your blog has content that will help me a lot. Come to know me too! Nice to meet you! If you want to follow my blog as well be happy! Sorry my english is not very good, I'm using google translator. but I think you can understand :)

  3. How streamlined and wonderfully well organized. I've similarly scaled down my makeup over the years and 95% of it fits into one (not too huge) train style makeup box. As I tend to wear the same makeup look, more of less (switching up lippy or eye shadow colours sometimes) the bulk of the time, I don't need a huge amount any more and love the money that not splurging on new cosmetics saves you in the end (more to put towards clothes - yay! :)).

    ♥ Jessica


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