5 Outdated Beauty Products You Need to Throw Out Immediately

Ever since most of us stepped foot in a beauty store as tweens, we’ve had drawers full of eye shadows, lipsticks, and skin care products. But times have changed since our first foray into beauty. While it’s important to regularly check your products’ expiration dates and discard accordingly, some types of beauty products are outdated in terms of the look they give. If you need to clean out your makeup cabinet, here are five types of products you should ditch immediately.

1. Lip gloss

Applying lip-gloss to the lips

Lip gloss is just too sticky. | iStock.com/gpointstudio

Behind every powerful, beauty-obsessed woman is an arsenal of flattering, diverse lipsticks. So why would you keep your sticky lip glosses around? Sure, they were cool when you were 13 years old, but now that you’re an adult woman, they’re more of a nuisance. The sticky texture does not bode well when you have stray hairs in your face, plus most glosses won’t last an hour — especially if you’re drinking from a water bottle or glass. And if we’re being completely honest, the ultra-glossy sheen most of them have looks unprofessional. Instead, consider picking up a lipstick, stain, or tinted balm — all three have a matte finish and last longer.

2. Shimmery eyeshadow

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Shimmering eye shadow can settle into creases. | iStock.com/-oqIpo-

Sweeping some eyeshadow along your lids is a great way to make your eyes pop — especially if you dare to experiment with a bold hue. But unless you’re headed to a costume party, we recommend parting ways with the super shimmery stuff. Sure, we all had glitzy shadow phases when we were teenagers, but why don’t we leave that in the past?

Makeup is meant to highlight all the great features you were born with, and the shiny shadows are anything but subtle, plus they take away from your natural beauty. If you’re going to a party or are picking up items for a more festive occasion, there are tons of cream and powder options that have a slight sheen to them. They’ll pack the punch but aren’t as obvious.

3. Bronzer

crushed bronzing powder with makeup brush

Bronzer doesn’t tend to look very natural. | iStock.com/pogrebkov

Perhaps the best compliment you can receive after a long weekend at the beach is, “Wow! You’re so tan.” It’s a compliment high you try to chase every time you enter a tropical setting. There are tons of tanning lotions and potions that try to bottle up that summery glow, but we encourage you to reconsider the bronzer. Caking on some bronzer in the dead of winter is not the same as that post-vacation tan, nor does it look similar.

Unless you’re extremely cautious about your bronzer use, you’ll end up having a tan face and pasty hands. Or, even worse, too much bronzer or a streaky application will have you looking like an extra from The Jersey Shore. Do yourself a favor and ditch the bronzer altogether. That way, you’ll likely receive more compliments the next time you hit the beach.

4. Crimper

woman getting finger waves in her hair

It’s time to get rid of this tool. | iStock.com/jmh2728

No matter her hair’s natural texture, almost every woman has a straightener and curling iron. But if you still have a crimper in the depths of your beauty closet, we recommending getting rid of it, stat. We encourage women to sport their natural hair texture, whether its wavy from sleeping in braids or naturally crimped, but there’s something about a crimper we can’t wrap our minds around.

Crimpers have the look of a straightener but feature a waved plate so you end up with a head full of tight waves. Unless you’re really good at crimping close to your roots, you’ll end up having a partially crimped head and the very top is a totally different texture. For a cool girl look, stick with your natural texture. It’s always in style.

5. Stick foundation

Makeup products and accessories

Stick foundation is convenient, but not very practical. | iStock.com/pogrebkov

Since we are pretty sure you wear makeup, this one was too important to miss. Foundation is, well, the foundation of your look, so you don’t want to mess it up. What we mean is, don’t use stick foundation to lay the groundwork for your look of the day.

The problem with this type of makeup is it’s extremely hard to find one that matches your skin complexion — a setup for failure. Liquid or cream foundation? Those are a completely different story, as they can easily be blended to fit your complexion. So, find the perfect beauty blender and prepare to be awed by how even your skin looks after the switch.

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Additional reporting by Jordan Porter-Woodruff