5 Ways to Sensibly Clean and Disinfect Your Makeup

Makeup users and lovers know that it is crucial to clean makeup and beauty tools. This is to ensure their longevity and to keep them in good shape. Disinfecting them is just as important because it gets rid of nasty germs and microorganisms that can easily accumulate there.

The knowledge of how to disinfect makeup and beauty tools is not known equally. Sure, it may be common to know that makeup brushes can be cleaned with soap and water, but it comes with follow-up questions that are not as known. For example, what kind of soap is appropriate, and how should the brushes be dried so they remain in proper condition?

These questions, along with some tips on the best hygiene practices, can be answered below.


Rubbing Alcohol, Spray Bottle, Cotton Pads

These three items are things that you already have at home, and these are what you need to disinfect your makeup and beauty tools. Make it a habit to buy rubbing alcohol in bulk to have a considerable supply at home. It is much more convenient to have these things on hand to enforce the cleaning and disinfecting habit.

When in Doubt, Throw Away That Mascara

Mascara is one of the top things to keep track of in your beauty kit. A tube of mascara dries out quickly if it is used frequently, and it is also an ideal hotbed for germs that can cause pink eye and other serious eye infections. It is recommended to change your mascara every couple of months.

Do not use rubbing alcohol to sanitize the wand because it is used on the delicate eye area. If you are in a pinch and need to liquefy a dried-out tube, try running it under hot water. If you are unsure when you last bought the mascara, throw it away because it can cause itchiness, swelling, and redness to the eyes.

If you maintain an expensive brand or type of mascara, be sure to cleanse your eye area before use to prevent it from getting germs. You can also use disposable applicators to be more hygienic, and make sure to seal the tube tightly after every use.

You can save money by buying your favorite mascara and other cosmetics online. Brands frequently have bulk offerings and discounts for their products, so go to their websites to score these deals to save money.


Eye Shadows, Bronzers, Highlighters, and Pressed Powders

Although most powders are easy to sanitize, you may be wondering why this is necessary. The brushes you use to get the product may not be sanitized properly and may cross-contaminate your eye-shadow palettes and other products. Another scenario is when you have a friend “borrowing” some of your stuff to try them out.

You can kill the germs by spritzing rubbing alcohol on the product. To ensure that the germs are out, rub the top layer with a cotton pad. The rubbing alcohol will sanitize, but leave the product intact once it is fully air-dried before use. Rubbing alcohol can also be used to put together broken pressed powders.

It’s Easy to Get Excited over Lipsticks

Lipstick wearers know the sheer joy of finding that perfect shade and color that compliment the features. Sometimes you get excited that you want to let your friends try out your lipstick too. It’s easy to pass on germs from the mouth, and fortunately, lipsticks can be sanitized by dipping them in rubbing alcohol for a few seconds. Air-dry them completely before using them again.


Don’t Do the Double Dip

Some products come in tubs or pots for packaging. Dipping your fingers in them is not the most sanitary thing to do, no matter how clean you think your hands are. Avoid infecting your liquid and cream products with germs by using sanitary applicators or spatula. Ensure that these tools are sanitized before using them to get an appropriate amount of products from their containers.

Once-a-Week-Clean Rule for Makeup Brushes

If you love makeup, you are likely to have more than a handful of brushes lying around in your vanity. Cleaning them is tedious because it takes time and effort. However, they can easily transform into a breeding ground for germs that can cause acne, rashes, and other skin infections.

The recommended rule is to clean them once a week with brush soap and water. However, if you’re in a pinch, you can disinfect them using rubbing alcohol by dipping the bristles and swirling the brush around to get rid of any product. Don’t forget to wipe down the handles too. Don’t damage the glue holding the bristles together, so ensure that you don’t get alcohol beyond the bristles.

Some Notes to Ponder

Regularly cleaning makeup products is a great way to keep them safe and in good condition. This habit is especially true for both aspiring and professional makeup artists, who use their makeup and tools on different people. However, disinfecting old makeup can only go so far for emergencies. Makeup should be replaced as soon as possible. Products that are barely used but are past their expiration dates should be thrown out.

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