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  • Writer's pictureKitzie Nuñeza

Tips and Tricks in Properly Sanitizing your Brush and other Tools

We all want to look our best, and we're doing a very decent job of applying and maintaining our makeup. Unbeknownst to us, however, makeup items, like any other widely used surface, can become a breeding ground for bacteria. As a result, makeup can and should be cleaned on a frequent basis for both skincare and basic health reasons. Continue reading to learn the best and fastest techniques to deep clean and sanitize your makeup for the purest beauty!

1. Why sanitize makeup products?'

Many people are unaware that makeup serves as a breeding place for germs and other microorganisms. If you don't clean them frequently, you risk developing major hygiene problems, as well as affecting the quality of your makeup application.

2. What are the things you need?

To get started, all you'll need is 70% isopropyl alcohol, a spray bottle, and a paper towel. You'll need a small basin and some water with antibacterial soap (hand or dish) or your face wash for your brushes.

Tips to get started:

Makeups that are used on a daily basis should be cleaned weekly or biweekly, especially if they have been shared, if you've been traveling, or if you've been feeling unwell. You should clean your eye brushes or applicators at least twice a week, for your eyes are the most sensitive region of your face. Concealer brushes should be cleaned once a week because they are used the most and their bristles accumulate a lot of product residue. Sponges are primarily designed for single-use applications, so you can simply toss them and purchase new ones.

Makeup products & how to sanitize them:

  • Brushes

Dip your makeup brushes (either synthetic or natural bristle brushes) in a disinfecting solution (70% isopropyl alcohol + 30% water) and then in lukewarm water. Allow them to dry before reusing them.

  • Creams

Before using your cream products, remove the top layer and spray the new layer with sanitizer. Allow it to dry completely before applying it to your face.

  • Lipstick

If at all possible, avoid sharing your lipstick with anyone else. Before reusing, spray the exposed area, but make sure it has enough time to evaporate and kill the bacteria.

  • Liquids

It's more important to take care of your liquid products and, if possible, not share them with anyone than to sanitize them directly. You can, however, sterilize the outside and wipe away any product residue.

  • Mascara

It's advisable to avoid directly sanitizing your mascara wand because it's applied so close to your eyes and this could harm you. Instead, replace out your eye makeup as much as possible or avoid sharing it to keep it clean.

  • Pencils

When it comes to sanitizing makeup pencils, simply use your sharpener to expose a new portion of the pencil, then disinfect the exposed region for added safety

  • Powders

Take a tissue and gently wipe away the top layer of makeup with it. Take care not to break the palette. This will help to get rid of any exposed and germy portions.

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