Summer is (sadly) almost over 鈥 no more warm-weather BBQs, summer playlists and pool parties, waaahhh :( A new season also brings new reasons to update + refresh the makeup and tools you used to achieve all those fun聽summer makeup trends. After months and months of use, you should do a little inventory check on where your heavily-used products and beauty utensils stand because, most likely, some of them need to be trashed.

Toss products that you cannot save from the disgusting status they鈥檝e earned after constant exposure to dirty fingers and/or summer grime. Most makeup has an 鈥渆xpiration date,鈥 but the heat and humidity summer brings can cause products to expire way before the label says. Be vigilant, y鈥檃ll. Here鈥檚 a list of the products you should absolutely toss before you splurge on fall makeup.


1. Makeup Sponges: These things literally soak up dirt, grime and sweat every time you use them. Even when you clean them (and all other beauty tools at least twice each month), they can still hold on to nasty stuff deep in the sponge. Who wants to put that ish on their face?! Just buy a new one each season and you鈥檒l be good to go. I鈥檓 a big believer in the power of the beautyblender ($20), so I just replace mine with a new one.


2. Waterproof Mascaras: Mascara should be tossed every three months regardless, so the end of summer is the perfect time to toss the waterproof version you鈥檝e been sporting all season (and your normal formula). Just swap it out for a fresh tube and your eyes鈥 + lashes鈥 health will thank you. We鈥檙e big fans of Benefit鈥檚 BAD gal mascara ($19) 鈥 it has great formulas for normal wear and waterproof.


3. Nail Polish: We鈥檙e all too familiar with goopy, stringy nail polish 鈥 not coincidentally, this also signals that your polish has expired. Don鈥檛 use it anymore! Polish that is this consistency makes achieving a sleek manicure nearly impossible. Also, FYI, nail polish is susceptible to extreme temperature and humidity. Sheer Lust makes some great 5-free formulas ($18) in super-summery colors (hold on to the season!) while Sephora鈥檚 Formula X line ($11) has some swoon-worthy fall shades.


4. Sunscreen: Sunscreen has a straight up expiration date! Be mindful of it. Beyond that, if you鈥檙e still using the sunscreen you used last summer, definitely toss it and buy a new one ASAP. Don鈥檛 forget that you shouldn鈥檛 go a day without being protected from the sun, from head-to-toe. Neutrogena鈥檚 Clear Face sunscreen ($12) won鈥檛 clog your pores while protecting your skin. Clinique鈥檚 SPF 30 Face Cream ($22) is another great option when you need to replace your go-to.


5. Gel + Liquid Eyeliners: These babies typically have a six month shelf life anyway, but less during the summer when they鈥檙e extra prone to bacteria. Oh, and the brushes you use with these also need some serious attention when summer is over 鈥 if they鈥檙e super gunked up, toss 鈥檈m. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($28) is simply awesome while Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner ($10) is a fantastic drugstore dupe for when it鈥檚 time to replace. Clean your makeup brushes + more with these handy hacks!


6. Cream-Based Products: Cosmetics like cream blush or stick foundations don鈥檛 do so hot (HA!) during the summer. They can 鈥渟weat鈥 (which is disgusting to visualize) and your fingers are constantly touching them. There鈥檚 also no real way to clean them. Just toss 鈥榚m at the end of the summer altogether and replace with good 鈥榦l powder formulas. Revlon鈥檚 Photo Ready Cream Blush ($14) has punchy colors that are perfect for summer, while Tarte鈥檚 Amazonian Clay Blush ($28) is a great powder to transition to.


7. Creme + Liquid Foundation: Toss your liquid summer shade foundation (especially if it鈥檚 a foundation stick!) 鈥 you can keep your powder foundation, though. Liquid and cream foundation is only good for six months max, and the stuff can become bacteria-filled in no time during those hot summer months, especially if you apply with your fingers. Maybelline FIT Me Shine-Free Foundation Stick ($9) will keep 鈥渟ummer dewiness鈥 (aka sweat, lol) at bay while its powder-form-counterpart, FIT Me Pressed Powder ($8) is a great option for your fall transition.

A general rule of thumb here is that when your products start looking, smelling or feeling abnormal, throw them out! There鈥檚 nothing worse than using products that are past their expiration date, so don鈥檛 even get to that point.

Which products of yours are in need of a toss + replacement? Share your thoughts in the comment section.