Makeup Drawer Clean Out!

When to Throw Out Used Makeup

  • The following are GENERAL guidelines, as recommendations vary depending on the source.
  • Throw away any mascara, eye shadow and eye liners you have been using if you contract an eye infection.
  • Throw away any products that have an odor, or have changed consistency or color.
  • Keep your makeup products covered and closed tightly, and away from heat and moisture.
  • Mascara- can be #1 culprit of exposing the eyes to unwanted bacteria; throw out every 3-6 months
  • Liquid/cream foundation– throw out every 8-12 months
  • Liquid/cream concealer– throw out every 8-12 months
  • Powder foundation, blush, loose and compact powders– throw out every 18-24 months
  • Cream blush– throw out every 8-12 months
  • Lipstick– throw out every 12-18 months
  • Lip and eye pencils– throw out every 12-18 months (sharpening and removing the top layer will help remove bacteria)
  • Eye shadow– throw out every 6-12 months
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