7 Tips to Keep your Makeup Sanitary

by beautifulwithbrains

tips to keep makeup sanitary

Keeping your makeup kit sanitary is very important, especially if you are a makeup artist. If your makeup is contaminated with bacteria, it could cause infections, acne and other skin problems. Keeping your products and tools clean is very easy and quick. Here’s a few basic tips:

1. Wash your hands: always clean your hands before applying makeup. You can use an anti-bacterial soap so that you can clean your hands everywhere without the need of water and soap.

2. Use a disposable wand: don’t use the wand that comes with mascaras or lipglosses. Use disposable wands instead and never double dip!

3. Use a tissue: to sanitise powder products, simply wipe the surface off with a tissue before and after use.

4. Use a spatula: putting your brush or finger in a makeup jar can contaminate the product. Instead, scoop a bit of product up with a spatula and place it onto a clean palette.

5. Sanitize makeup and tools with Isopropyl Alcohol: just dip lipstick, liners, pencils etc in 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (higher concentrations can be too harsh). This alcohol can also be used to clean brushes and other beauty tools such as pencil sharpeners and palettes as well.

6. Clean brushes: use a brush cleaner (or, like mentioned above, Isopropyl Alcohol) to spot clean your brushes. Wash them with water and soap at least once a week to deep clean them.

7. Throw away old cosmetics: toss products when you notice their color, smell or consistency has changed and don’t use makeup that’s past its expiration date.

What do you do to keep your makeup sanitary?

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11 comments

Dao April 28, 2009 - 6:44 pm

For people who use mineral foundation, I suggest to use a swirl bowl instead of swirling the foundation in the cap to avoid contamination. Great tips, Gio!

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Cinthia April 28, 2009 - 8:33 pm

Thanks for the tips!!!

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Danielle April 28, 2009 - 9:17 pm

Mineral foundation typically does not need to be sanitized since it is a powder and bacteria cannot grow in it.

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Citrine April 28, 2009 - 9:41 pm

Blade runner!

Ok…I put them everywhere and let my friend take whatever she wants (beside my stila shadow and mirrors of course) so I never need to worry about stuff getting expired since they are gone before I know it…

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beautifulwithbrains April 29, 2009 - 9:53 am

Dao: that’s a great tip! Thanks for sharing.

Cinthia: you’re welcome 🙂

Danielle: that is one of the things I love the most about mineral makeup. It’s not impossible for bacteria to grow in powder, but it’s harder as the powder should be at least a bit moist for that to happen.

Citrine: your friend is lucky, you have a great stash! I can never seem to finish most of my makeup products.

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fabulessbeauty April 29, 2009 - 5:41 pm

I sanitize my makeup containers with cleaning wipes. Overtime, it builds product buildup outside the containers and it can get a bit messy.

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beautifulwithbrains April 30, 2009 - 2:24 pm

fabulessbeauty: I hate when that happens! You’r right, cleaning the containers is very important too.

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Danielle April 30, 2009 - 6:41 pm

Definitely not impossible, but I like to think most of us don’t keep our makeup in warm incubators!

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beautifulwithbrains May 1, 2009 - 9:48 am

I hope not, too Danielle! However, if use eyeshadow or pigments wet and you’re not careful, some bacteria may grow. But if you let them dry completely before storing them away, it should be fine.

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Kasey April 11, 2011 - 6:19 am

When washing the brushes with soap and water, try adding some Extra Virgin olive oil to the mix. It will not only wash the brushes but it will help them last longer and keep the bristles soft 🙂

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beautifulwithbrains April 11, 2011 - 7:35 pm

Kasey, thanks for the tip. I sometimes use olive oil to clean my eyeliner and lip brushes. It removes those longlasting products well and as you said, the bristles are so soft afterwards. 🙂

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