The Ultimate Guide to Sanitizing Your Makeup

Like a pro makeup artist

by

Let’s admit it, we all have a crammed-up makeup bag that you carry around. If you’ve been neglecting it, take this as your sign to get everything sanitized—check whether your products are past their expiration date while you’re at it too. 

We’re living through a pandemic; the last thing you want is for your makeup to carry any external germs. 

Needless to say: a weekly makeup sanitization is a must, and we’re here to help you out. Here’s your ultimate guide to sanitizing every makeup product. Starter note: all you need is a bottle of 70 percent Isopropyl alcohol.

Lipstick
Simply wipe the top layer of the exposed lipstick, spray with alcohol, and then wipe it clean.

Pencils
Make sure to sharpen the pencils before starting. Apply a little disinfectant on a tissue and wipe the tip or simply spray with alcohol and wipe with a cotton pad.

Cream/Liquid Products
Whatever you do, never dip your fingers in cream products, it will cause germs to spread faster.
To clean the packaging, wipe the product’s nozzle and cap with a sanitized tissue and spray again with alcohol, it will dry within a minute.

Mascara
It’s recommended to dispose of mascara monthly and not share it, rather than attempting to sanitize it. The eye area is very delicate and it’s better to not risk it.

Eyeliner
Gently squeeze the felt-tip into a sanitized tissue and spray immediately with alcohol. Wait for it to evaporate (approximately one minute) before closing the lid.

Powders and Palettes
Simply skim the top layer off, then spray lightly with alcohol from an approximate distance of 15 centimetres and let it air-dry.

Sponges
While reusable sponges can’t be 100 percent sanitized, it’s important to keep them as clean as possible. To do so, wet your sponge with lukewarm water and clean with liquid dish soap. Then place it in a bowl of water and heat in the microwave for two minutes on high to get rid of germs.

Brushes
Clean with special brush soap or baby shampoo under lukewarm water, avoiding any bristle breakage. Gently squeeze any excess water, then soak in alcohol for 20 minutes to disinfect. Rinse again, drain excess water and lay flat on a tissue to dry overnight. Make sure to do this at least once a week.

Share this article