I talk a lot about organizing closets to keep things in order, but as you have probably seen (especially through quarantine), the small things around the house can build up to huge messes. If you have a makeup bag, that’s where a lot of clutter begins. When things are contained in one bag, they’re easy to overlook. So let’s go through the makeup bags, and see what it’s time to toss!

Foundation – Foundation has a shelf life of about 6 months to a year. Depending on how often you use it, you may not have it sitting around much longer than that anyway; but if you do still have it after one year of buying it, throw it away and treat yourself to some fresh foundation for your skin!

Lipstick/Lipgloss – These products are good for about one year. You may have some that look like they’re in good condition for a while, but think about it — do you really want to put something near your mouth that is over a year old? No thank you!

Mascara/Eyeliner – These makeup products have the shortest shelf life, of about 3 months. Your eyes are very important and very sensitive, so you want to be extremely careful of what you are putting on them. Eye infections are awful, so be extra cautious when it comes to eye makeup, and ditch it as soon as it passes the 3 month mark.

Powder/Blush – Powder and blush have a longer life span than most makeup. It will easily last you 1-2 years. Since you can expect to have it around for a while, make sure you invest in a brand that you love and has a great quality!

Eyeshadow – Eyeshadow will last you a little longer than your other eye makeup, but not too much longer. Eyeshadow is typically good for 6 months, but if it is a really good brand, it can last you longer. All the more reason to invest in good quality products!

Like anything on the internet, you may read articles that will give you timeframes that are different from what I give you. At the end of the day, if you are at a loss on how to tell if your makeup is expired or not, pay attention to the smell, texture, and color of the product. If they have significantly changed since you bought them, throw them out immediately!