How to Sanitize Makeup: The Ultimate Guide

We all know that sanitizing makeup is one of the most important parts of a healthy makeup routine, but with so many different types of makeup, you might be wondering where to start. In this guide, we are going to show you how to sanitize makeup of all kinds from eyeshadow to brushes so you can stay on top of your makeup game.

Sound good?!

Then let’s get started…


How to Sanitize Eyeshadow

Let’s begin with eyeshadow in its typical form of powder.

Powder products can get a bit tricky when you are learning how to sanitize makeup because adding anything extra to it could affect the performance of the product. This means that we have to be extremely careful when choosing a method to use in order to keep the makeup sanitized. Nonetheless, there are still ways to keep the makeup clean and fun.

Step #1: An easy and nearly fail-proof option to use is by scraping away a thin top layer of the eyeshadow, to begin with.

Step #2: Once you have a fresh layer of eyeshadow, lightly spray 70% isopropyl alcohol on the eyeshadow and allow it to dry completely.

Step #3: Once the alcohol has been fully absorbed, and the eyeshadow is completely dry, your eyeshadow should be as good as new.

Going forward, be sure to keep your fingers out of the eyeshadow as much as possible. Dirt and the natural oils from your skin could cause contamination. Using a clean applicator to apply your eyeshadow is also key when learning how to sanitize makeup and keep it clean.


How to Sanitize Mascara

The eye is such an incredibly delicate organ, and your eyelashes weren’t just made to flirt with. They have a very important job of protecting your precious eyes from dirt and debris that may enter. Aside from making sure that you don’t share your mascara with anyone, there is really no way to sanitize your mascara.

If you think your mascara needs to be sanitized, it’s time to throw it out!

If your mascara has a funny smell, throw it out!

If your mascara dries out or is expired, the best thing to do is toss it out!

Be sure to replace your mascara every 6 months.


How to Sanitize Makeup Brushes

If you really want to know how to sanitize your makeup, the first step is to keep your makeup brushes clean. Old makeup packed on to brushes can grow all kinds of funky bacteria, causing breakouts and infections.

Step #1: Begin by wetting your makeup brush with warm water. Remember that excessively hot water could ruin your precious makeup brushes.

Step #2: Apply a decent amount of baby shampoo or your favourite name brand makeup brush cleanser and start rubbing the hairs until foam appears. You should rub the bristles in a circular with the handle of the brush facing up. If too much water gets stuck where the handle and bristles meet, your brushes could begin shedding and losing quite a bit of hair.

Step #3: Don’t be afraid to rinse and repeat until the brushes rinse completely clean.

Step #4: Gently squeeze all the water from the brushes with a clean towel.

Step #5: Lay them flat on a clean and dry towel until they are completely dry and ready to use again.

Step #6: Repeat this process weekly and don’t forget to do quick spot clean-ups using isopropyl alcohol as much as possible.


How to Sanitize Makeup Testers

Makeup testers can be a tricky business to navigate. Luckily, most makeup counters have disposable applicators, cotton swabs, Q-tips and spray bottles full of 70% isopropyl alcohol nearby to utilize. This terrain no longer needs to be a scary one to treck if you know how to navigate it well.

This is how to sanitize makeup testers while at the makeup counter.

  1. Remember not to double-dip into the tester.
  2. Use a fresh applicator for each product you test and for each application.
  3. Skim off the first layer of lipsticks, eyeshadows and makeup pencils before use.
  4. Never apply the product directly to your skin.

Be courteous and wipe down the testers after you use them. Courtesy is contagious and protecting other people from your germs is great karma!


How to Sanitize Makeup Between Clients

If you are a makeup artist, knowing how to clean makeup is essential to getting the most out of your investment and keeping your clients safe.

Sanitizing your makeup after every client will assist in preventing the build-up of bacteria and cross-contamination from things such as conjunctivitis of the eye and the common cold sore.

70% isopropyl alcohol wipes will really come in handy for the makeup artist. Here’s how to use them.

  1. Wipe the outside of all of your make-up containers with your wipes.
  2. Use the wipes to rub the first layer on eyeshadow, face powder, bronzers, and blushes.
  3. Use disposable tools as much as possible with each client.
  4. Rub the bristles on your makeup brushes with the alcohol wipes for quick sanitation, but be sure to wash your brushes after each client.
  5. Multiple sets of brushes are extremely helpful for makeup artists.

All-in-all knowing how to sanitize makeup can save you from hideous breakouts and unnecessary visits to the doctor. It may seem like a major task to wipe down all of your makeup and wash all your brushes, but the truth is that the more often you do it, the faster and better you become at it. A task that once took you an hour may very well be cut down to half the time with lots of practice.


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