5 Pieces of Makeup to Toss at the Beginning of Fall

5 Pieces of Makeup to Toss at the Beginning of Fall

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Use these tips as a personal cheat sheet to make room for fabulous fall finds.

It can be hard to part with your favorite mascara or lipstick, but it’s important to throw out your makeup every so often. Goodbye, bacteria and potential breakouts. The best way to make sure you're on schedule is by enforcing a routine refresh every fall and spring. Here’s a helpful cheat sheet for what to get rid of to make room for your fabulous fall finds.

1. Mascara

Did you know you should be tossing your mascara every three months? The changing of the seasons is a good reminder to replace your mascara — and a great time to test out a new formula. Fresh mascara works better to help you lengthen and volumize your lashes, anyway.

Quick Tip: Put reminders on your calendar to throw out your mascara at the beginning of summer, fall, winter and spring to ensure you won't forget.

2. Mattifying Moisturizers

Tinted or not, mattifying moisturizers are best for steamy, humid climates. Unless you're living in a place that feels like a sauna year-round (or have extra oily skin), it's best to toss ’em come September. For cooler fall temperatures, a dewy, fresh face is in order — hello, hydration. Crisp weather is best accompanied by clean skin, structured brows and a bold berry lip.

3. SPF

Sunscreen gets less effective after three years, but to be on the safe side, I toss mine after the summer. If you're really virtuous, you've used up your designated summer stash by reapplying as often as directed (every couple of hours) anyway. Get a fresh supply every summer to keep your skin at its healthiest.

Quick Tip: Don’t skip SPF when the summer’s over! Protecting your skin from the sun is a year-round commitment. Want to streamline your routine? Try a hydrating moisturizer with built-in SPF, like Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer.

4. Bronzer

They last up to two to three years, but if you’re a little fuzzy on when you bought your favorite bronzer, it's time to toss it. Just think, soon you'll rock a new one that's even more fabulous, I promise. Whether your fall bronzer is light and natural, dark and contouring-friendly, shimmer or matte is totally up to you. Just give your old, tired, broken bronzer a rest.

5. Melted Lip Balms

Is it just me or are your “beach” lip balms completely melted and sand-encrusted by the end of the summer? Rather than embark on a lengthy clean-up attempt, let me save you the trouble — removing bits of sand is simply not worth it. Each summer, designate a single balm (tinted or regular, depending on your preference) to establish residency in your beach bag, then toss it and start fresh when fall rolls around.

What are you tossing for fall?

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