There is nothing worse than getting an eye infection from using that caked up old eye shadow sitting at the bottom of your make-up bag. Once you get past the fact that you got an eye infection you will realize that the whole thing could have been prevented by simply throwing it away. Spring cleaning isn’t just for your closet. You should be cleaning out your makeup as well.

The first thing you should be getting rid of is your foundation. If you have had it at least one year it is time to trash it. Using old foundation can lead to infections, pimples, rashes. Basically all the things you use foundation to cover up in the first place. The same rule applies to your concealers. Your pimple-free face will thank you.

After looking at your foundation, the next thing you should be checking is your eye make-up . Every 18 months you should throw away your eyes shadow. Once your eye shadow is opened and used it has been exposed to bacteria that you do not want anywhere near your eyes. After 3 months you should be replacing your mascara and gel liners. At 3 months the consistence of these products has changed and should not be used. Unless you enjoy being able not to see out of one eye, then by all means keep those products as long as you want.

You should also be cleaning your lipstick collection. Every year you should be throwing away your lipstick, lip gloss, and lip liner. Also, every month you should be disinfecting your lip products by wiping them with alcohol.

Basically, your makeup is like your trifling boyfriend. You shouldn’t hold on to either for too long. Remember that your makeup does not last forever. In order to help you remember when you throw away and replace your makeup you can create labels with the date of purchase. I know this seems like a lot of work but it’s better than having to explain to you boyfriend you’re crying because your eyeliner is burning. I’ve been there. It’s not fun.

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