Are you still rocking the same tube of MAC Fetish lipstick that you wore at your college graduation? Is your blush so worn down that you're using the last bit around the edges? If so, you have Beauty Separation Anxiety and, like Michael Jackson said, you are not alone. Unfortunately, it can be unsanitary to hold on to your makeup forever (bacteria and oil can build up on the products). Here, we chatted with celebrity makeup artist Oslyn Holder (Janelle Monae and Bette Midler are clients) about how to know when to toss your cosmetics.
“You can hold onto lipgloss for about a year, but then you need to toss it,” explains Holder. “It’ll start to smell a little funny and thicken up a bit any longer than that.” Also, make sure you store your gloss in a cool, dry place—not a hot car (this can cause the gloss to break down and become runny)!