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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