Newsflash, it doesn’t matter how much money you pump into your beauty products each month if you don’t store them correctly.

Beauty products, including makeup and perfumes have an expiration date, and storing them incorectly can cause the formulas to oxidize and break down faster. So if you want to extend the shelf life of your beauty products or at the very least not speed up its demise, it’s important to know the right way to store them.

Here are some of the most common makeup storage mistakes you might be making, and how to fix them.

Exposing Your Perfumes To Direct Sunlight

While your perfume bottles may look super insta-worthy perched upon your desk, exposing them to the sun can cause the chemical bonds in your fragrances to break down.

Considering the fact that the smallest bottle of EDT retails for at least $100, we suggest storing them in a cool dark place, like your cupboard instead.

Exposing Your Vitamin C Products To Sunlight

Vitamin C products are usually water-based or anhydrous (without water). The former is more unstable and light sensitive, while the latter is more stable.

Since vitamin C is prone to breaking down when it’s exposed to light, heat, or oxygen, make sure your vitamin C serum is kept airtight in a cool, dark space. To check if it’s still stable, gauge the colour. If the colour becomes dark or cloudy it has already oxidized and should go straight into the recycling bin (after you rinse it out of course).

Storing Your Skin care In The Bathroom.

Heat and humidity from the shower can cause the active ingredients in many skin care products to break down. The humidity of the bathroom is also the perfect breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria to grow, especially if your products aren’t used correctly (think uncapped jars and bottles and dirty applicators).

The best option is to store them in a dry drawer or cupboard that is not exposed to sunlight and fluctuating temperatures.

Leaving Your Makeup Brushes Jammed Together

A good makeup brush can be quite pricey and the brushes you use can impact the overall result of your look. Storing used makeup tools together can cause bacteria and product residue to spread.

It is best to store your brushes and tools in separate containers with your brushes stored with the bristles facing up so that they don’t get bent out of shape.

If you prefer to keep your brushes in a jar, place some pretty pebbles or beads that will help support your brushes and keep them upright.