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We’ve kept some makeup around way longer than we’re willing to admit. You just never know when that purple mascara trend may come full circle. And while we want to be prepared with a well-stocked arsenal of pots filled with creams and tubes of eye-enhancing goo, really, we shouldn’t be holding on to our cosmetics for as long as we do.

To help us better understand what to keep, and what to toss and when, we asked celebrity makeup & hair artist Vanessa Jarmin — who’s worked with the likes of Kiesza, Lady Gaga, Drake, Adam Lambert and more — to weigh-in.

Because, as much as we don’t want to think about it, certain cosmetics can transform into a breeding ground for bacteria.

“Pink eye is the most common thing,” says Jarmin. “Borrowing a friend’s mascara or even using one from your own makeup bag can turn into a painful thing if you’re not careful.”

And it’s not just eye makeup that gets a red flag. “If you have a cold sore or tend to get cold sores, avoid using lip balms and moisturizing lipsticks. Not only will these products not allow the area to dry out, but you’ll contaminate them.”

If you notice any symptoms of an eye or lip infection, Jarmin suggests tossing the products as it’s difficult to disinfect them.

And while this all makes us feel icky, don’t go running towards the trash clutching your entire stash of makeup just yet. Some things really do last longer than others. “Lipsticks are okay to hoard, if you clean them with a tissue and alcohol,” says Jarmin.

Here’s what to replace, and what you can hang onto.

Mascara

Make the switch: Every 1 – 3 months

Expert advice: “If you have eye problems, switch out your mascara at least every 2.5 months,” says Jarmin. “If you use your mascara with an infection, toss the product. Mascara tubes are one of those things you can’t clean properly after such use.”

Lipsticks

Make the switch: 1 – 3 years

Expert advice: “Lipsticks are okay to hoard if you clean them with a tissue and alcohol. Point the lipstick downward so the alcohol doesn’t drip into the casing,” says Jarmin.

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Eyeliner

Make the switch: 1 – 3 years

Expert advice: “To clean old eyeliners dip into 99 per cent alcohol and then sharpen,” Jarmin suggests.

Alexa Chung/Lisa Eldridge via Giphy

 

Eyeshadow

Make the switch: 1 – 3 Years

Expert advice: “To clean eyeshadow, wrap your finger in tissue and rub it on the product to remove the top layers of powder.”

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Powder

Make the switch: Once a year

Expert advice: “Try and switch up powders every year. If you use a sponge to apply, change that every two weeks,” says Jarmin. “Or wash a reusable sponge once a week.”

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Lip Gloss

Make the switch: Once a year

Expert advice: “If you happen to catch anything caused by an overgrowth of bacteria, toss it out right away,” says Jarmin. “They can be difficult to clean and disinfect.”

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Moisturizer

Make the switch: 6 months to a year

Expert advice: “Check the package. Most containers will tell you what the shelf life is.”

Key and Peele via Giphy

Brow Gel

Make the switch: 6 months or less

Expert sdvice: “These go fast. Switch up once dry.”

Victoria Justice on Jimmy Fallon via Giphy

Perfume

Make the switch: 5+ years

Expert advice: “Alcohol-based products last.”

Britney Spears ‘Perfume’ via Giphy

Blush & Bronzer

Make the switch: 1 – 3 years for powder; 1 – 2 years for cream

Expert advice: “Always make sure lids are on tight, and use only clean brushes.”

Ariana Grande via Giphy

Nail Polish

Make the switch: Every 5 years

Expert advice: “Have a nail polish party with friends,” suggests Jarmin, which is where you invite all your besties over and swap colours.

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