Here's how you can effectively sanitize your makeup products

Meera Venugopal
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18 Apr 2021: Here's how you can effectively sanitize your makeup products

Makeup products and tools come in direct contact with our skin and it is of paramount importance to keep them clean and sanitized, regularly.

It also goes without saying that these products should not be used past their expiry date.

From makeup brushes to lipstick and applicators, here's a complete guide on how you can effectively sanitize your makeup products, for safe use.

#1: Your powders, palettes have been contaminated? Here's what to do

If you're worried that your powder products and palettes are contaminated with germs, here's what you should do:

a) Clean the kit fully using a sanitizing wipe.

b) Next, carefully skim the top layer off of the product. This is to remove any contaminants.

c) Then, spray rubbing alcohol directly over the powder.

d) Leave it to air dry till the sanitizing mist disappears.

#2: Liquid Foundation and cream tubs: Do not dunk your fingers

You might be tempted to dunk your fingers into the foundation tub but do not ever do that!

Dipping your fingers in liquid products can cause germs to spread, hence contaminating your product.

To clean the foundation bottle, all you have to do is dab some rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad and wipe the foundation bottle and its nozzle with it.

#3: Keep liquid lipstick and lip gloss sealed all the time

To sanitize a lipstick, simply spray the exposed part and bottlenecks with isopropyl alcohol, and then wipe it clean.

To make sure that your lip pencils are clean, simply sharpen them before use.

However, liquid lipsticks and lip glosses are hard to sanitize and precaution should be taken to keep them sealed at all times and minimize any exposure to contaminants.

#4: Sharpen your eye pencil, toss off the mascara wand

Sharpen your eye pencil every time before use to get rid of the exposed part that might contain bacteria.

You can also spray a little disinfectant on a tissue and wipe over the sharpened tip.

Mascaras are, however, tricky to sanitize and the only foolproof way to keep them free from contamination is to toss off the mascara wand after every use.

#5: Sanitizing applicators like sponges and brushes assumes importance too

Cleaning the makeup product is necessary but sanitizing the applicators assumes importance too.

To sanitize a sponge, wash it thoroughly using liquid dish soap.

Place the sponge in a bowl of water and heat in the microwave for two minutes. This will help them get rid of bacteria and fungi.

To clean brushes, simply spray them with rubbing alcohol and let it dry.