7 Tips To Keep Your Makeup Sanitary And Safe To Use

by beautifulwithbrains
how to sanitise your makeup

Ever wondered how makeup artists can get away with using the same blush or eyeliner on 100+ women?

It’s not like they have the money to buy a whole new kit every time they get a new client. Plus, can you imagine what a waste that would be?

But you can’t even hop from one person to the next without taking proper care of your stash. When you share makeup products, the risk of a breakout or infection is always around the corner.

FYI, you’re not immune to these evils just because you’re not a makeup artist. You may be the only one using your new UD eyeshadow palette, but if you let it get too dirty, it can still cause all kinds of trouble.

The solution? Sanitize your makeup. Here’s how to keep all your makeup products clean and bacteria-free:

1. Wash Your Hands

I always like to wash my hands before doing my makeup. I’m always typing away on my computer, slathering cream on my face and doing a gazillion things with my hands. I don’t want the crap that I inadvertently pick up along the way to end up in my eyeshadows and concealers. Ewww!

2. Use A Disposable Wand

If you’re 100% sure no one else will ever use your makeup, go ahead and use the wands that come with your mascaras and lipsticks.

Butt if you want to share, they’re off-limits. Once that wand has touched your eyelashes, lips, or other part of your face, there’s no going back. The bacteria it picked up is gonna end up in the tube, contaminating it.

The solution? Use a disposable wand. And never ever ever double dip!

3. Swipe Them With A Tissue

Once I’m done with a blush (or any other powder-based product, for that matter), I grab a tissue and wipe its surface with it. Bye bye, bacteria!

4. Use A Spatula

Did you know that when you put your brush or finger in a jar, you can contaminate the product? Instead, scoop a bit of the product up with a spatula and place it onto a clean palette. Just like a makeup pro.

5. Sanitise With Alcohol

I know alcohol gets a bad rep in the beauty world. But what may dry out your skin is just the thing that can avoid you infections.

I’m talking about Isopropyl Alcohol. This little fella kills any bacteria it encounters on its way. Here’s how to use it:

  • Dip lipsticks, liners, and pencils in it and let dry
  • Spray onto powder products and wipe them off with a tissue
  • Spray on a tissue and swipe your brushes back and forth

FYI, 70% Isopropyl Alcohol works best. Anything higher can be too harsh.

6. Clean Your Brushes

This is a given, I know. But I thought I would remind you of it anyway. I know I don’t clean my brushes as often as I should. Oops!

The ideal brush cleansing routine? After every use, spray some Isopropyl Alcohol on a tissue and swipe them back and forth. Once a week, give them a deep clean with baby shampoo and water.

7. Throw Away Your Old Cosmetics

Did your makeup change colour, smell, or texture? They’re all signs they’ve gone bad. Throw them in the bin before you catch an infection. *sighs*

What do you do to keep your makeup sanitary? Let me know in the comments below.

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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!

Cinthia April 28, 2009 - 8:33 pm

Thanks for the tips!!!

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.

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…

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.

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.

beautifulwithbrains April 30, 2009 - 2:24 pm

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

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!

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.

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 🙂

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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