Corona Virus, Flu virus, or whatever virus, bacteria is going around; it is a great time to start spring cleaning. Not only your clothing items (which I always recommend the method), but we all should be cleaning out our beauty products. Things that we put on our skin, in our eyes, and on or around our mouth.

If a product is getting close to its expiration date, the quality starts to break down. Most beauty products do not have an expiration date on them. Included in this post is a standard recommended time to replace your products, not to mention some of my most recent favorites. Also, I found a great free recycling program where you can send all of your old products.


Favorite mascara: Laura Mercier Caviar Volume Panoramic

Getting infections in your eyes is easy if you do not keep them clean, especially when it comes to mascara. To avoid any eye infections, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends changing out your mascara every two to four months. Please do not share your eye products with anyone!


Favorite lip gloss: YSL vinyl lip stain

The lipstick doesn’t hold much bacteria; however, since it is near your mouth, be conscious if and when you have a cold. It is best to replace your lipstick or lipgloss once a year. If you see any unusual moisture on it or if it doesn’t smell right, toss it. I also read that you shouldn’t apply lipstick right after you eat; it cultivates bacteria.

Foundation and concealer

The life of a foundation depends on its ingredients. A water-based foundation will last up to 12 months, an oil product up to 18 months. Be aware if you use an oil-based product and the oil separates and rises, you should throw it out. Always keep your products in a cool place and out of the sun.


Kat Von D ultra ink liner

Eyeliners can last from 3 months to 3 years depending on if it is a liquid or pencil. Each time you use liquid eyeliner, wipe the tip-off. If you use a pencil eyeliner, try to sharpen as much a possible, it will remove the bacteria that may transmit through the eyes. If a white film develops on your eyeliner, replace it with a new one.

Brushes and sponges

These are my sons’ makeup brushes and sponges

Makeup brushes can last forever if you take care of them. It would be best if you washed them once every two weeks. You don’t need to use fancy soap to clean your brushes; I use Dr. Bronners If your bristles start to fall out of your makeup brushes, then its time to throw them away.

Beauty blenders last 3 to 6 months, depending on how well you take care of them. If you wash them often, then they are good, but if not, throw them away. Regular wedge makeup sponges are only suitable for a one time use.

Blusher, bronzer, makeup powder

My all-time favorite blush. Nars in Orgasm

Powder products don’t contain water, so it is harder for bacteria to grow. Any powdery makeup usually is good for 18 months. The problem lies in the brush or sponge that picks up oil and then onto the powder. Again, keeping your brushes and sponges clean is vital.

Recycle your products

If your skincare, haircare, or cosmetic products have a #1 or #2 recycling symbol, then you can recycle your products at special facilities. Click here to find a facility near you.