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.
According to Holder, powder-based products like eyeshadows, blushes and pressed powders can last up to two years. “But if the powder starts developing a film along the surface, throw it away,” says Holder. “This is a buildup of oil from your skin.” She has a genius trick to remove the film, though: Simply apply scotch tape and pull off the top layer!