Bin The Baddies: What Makeup You Need To Throw Out NOW

When’s the last time you gave your makeup bag/drawer/closet a good clear out? If it’s been few months (or — gulp — years!) there’s a good chance more than a few of your favourite makeup products have expired.Expired products are doing you more harm than good. Join the Madison experts as we give you the lo-down on what products you can keep, and what can go in the bin.

First things first, if something’s off, your nose knows — and that means it’s time to toss. Still unsure? Here’s our guide to getting your makeup bag up to scratch.

Eyeliner: 6 months to 1 year

Gel eyeliner only lasts six to eight months. Think about it: you’re constantly double-dipping a brush into a pot. As for pencils, feel free to hang on to them for up to a year (you sharpen it so it won’t be a breeding ground for bacteria).

Mascara: 3-6 months

Get the ultimate value from your mascara. The most common mistake we all make is pumping the wand in and out of the tube.That actually lets air in there and dries out the formula, while letting extra bacteria into the formula.

Powder cosmetics (Blush + Eye Shadow): 1-2 years

Powder lasts longer than cream formulas so you are pretty safe here. That being said, if the formula changes at all, toss it. If it smells, toss it. And if the color goes out of style, toss it!

Foundation: 6 months to 2 years

Foundation packaged in a pot or jar expires in about 6 months, whereas a pump formula can last up to 1-2 years.

Lipstick: 2 years

Change in color, texture or smell are all big warning signs that your favourite lip product has expired. If your lipsticks pass the test, just keep them clean. You can even spray them with alcohol to keep them sanitized!

Makeup bag looking bare? Don’t panic. Use this as an opportunity to try something new

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