Gallery: 6 Ways to Clean Up Your Beauty Routine for the New Year

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PURGE YOUR MAKEUP BAG

The new year offers the perfect opportunity to clear old, expired makeup from your cosmetics bag and dressing table. Used makeup collects tons of bacteria, which can result not only in breakouts but also potentially harmful skin conditions. Check the expiration date of your products or follow this rule of thumb: replace mascara every three months, foundation every six months, and lipsticks and eye shadows every year.

Tip: Wash your brushes and sponges every three weeks to keep them—and your skin—in tip-top shape.

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