Why You Need To Clean Out Your Beauty Drawer, Now.

Now that 2013 has arrived, it’s time to clean out your beauty drawer. Normally I’d try to reel you in with a charming anecdote and a bit of a chuckle, but seriously, old makeup is gross, so I’m going to get straight to the point: That mascara you’ve been harbouring for over a year now? It’s festering with bacteria and you need to throw it out.

Makeup, like food, has an expiration date. The second something in our fridge starts to look or smell funky, we dispose of it. However, because of all the preservatives in our beauty products, it’s not as obvious when it’s time to relocate them to the ol’ cylindrical filing cabinet.

Not convinced? Well, according to Today Health, the moment the seal is broken on a new product bacteria will begin to grow. If you leave it for too long, it can cause burning sensations, skin redness, blistering, swelling, conjunctivitis and even hair loss. That’s a lot of trouble for an eye shadow you aren’t ready to bin because “coral might come back in again!”

To break it down for you, here is exactly how long your beauty products will last. You’re welcome.

Lipstick and Lip Liner


Oil Free Foundation

Liquid or Gel Eyeliner

Powered Blush, Bronzer and Eye Shadow


If you want to increase the longevity of your products, BellaSugar advises you avoid sharing your makeup (germs, you guys!), regularly clean your makeup brushes, ensure the lids and caps are on properly when not in use, and store your makeup in a cool, dry place (yep, that means avoiding the bathroom).


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  • Reply stels Tuesday 12th February, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    damn and i found so much makeup while cleaning my room!

  • Reply pearl06 Monday 4th February, 2013 at 12:58 am

    great tips

  • katiesaprincess
    Reply katiesaprincess Friday 1st February, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    i hate throwing away my love items but old make up is just gross!

  • Reply betelgeuse Tuesday 29th January, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Hmmm, I better have a clean out!

  • Reply alinaaaa Thursday 10th January, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I dont often get to use up my lipsticks, so I tend to buy cheapies that I wont feel too bad about throwing away. And the mascara expiration date, I dont really follow that as closely as I should.

  • Reply Whatthe Saturday 5th January, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I really need to clean out the make-up drawer.

  • Trish_D
    Reply Trish_D Friday 4th January, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Very well timed – we do often need reminders – great job and thank you.

  • Reply yslyenom Friday 4th January, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    My lipstick takes forever to use up and usually just gets thrown away.

  • Reply ragdollbaby Friday 4th January, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I am a total makeup horder. Never had a problem yet *knock on wood*. Unless it smells funny, the consistency has changed or is mouldy – I’m not tossing it 😉

  • Reply jenniqua Friday 4th January, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Whoa so wasnt aware of the three month ones. Thanks

  • Reply Jane Friday 4th January, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    You can’t throw out a $30-60 mascara every 3 months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Friday 4th January, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Just cleaned my out 🙂

  • Reply amanda6393 Friday 4th January, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Great reminder. Time for a clean out.

  • Reply BellaB Friday 4th January, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Useful reminders.

  • Reply Tashie Friday 4th January, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Wow…ive got a lot to throw out!

  • Reply T1NA Friday 4th January, 2013 at 10:23 am

    great article

  • Reply Sparkles17 Friday 4th January, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Mascara going in the bin today!

  • Reply dj23249 Friday 4th January, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Some interesting info, I certainly will take on board

  • lanalang
    Reply lanalang Friday 4th January, 2013 at 2:51 am

    If I threw out my makeup this often I’d be poor.. And I’d never share it anyway and I store it well so it’s perfectly fine. My skin hasn’t complained.

  • newbie
    Reply newbie Friday 4th January, 2013 at 2:19 am

    so paranoid now!

  • newbie
    Reply newbie Friday 4th January, 2013 at 2:18 am

    thanks so much!

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Thursday 3rd January, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    It’s so easy to hoard but this is good advice.

  • Reply foxoduck Thursday 3rd January, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Oops definitely time to clean out my makeup drawer!

  • hausoftina
    Reply hausoftina Thursday 3rd January, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I will definitely be sure to keep my makeup out of the bathroom!

  • Reply Whatthe Thursday 3rd January, 2013 at 6:40 pm


  • Reply maggielyly Thursday 3rd January, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    wow thanks for sharing!

  • Reply AmberB Thursday 3rd January, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Thanks for the helpful article!

  • Reply yslyenom Thursday 3rd January, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks for the info.

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