You probably never thought about all the germs and bacteria that can accumulate in your makeup products but the truth is that you are definitely not cleaning them as much as you should. And cleaning and sanitizing everything in your makeup bag is not only, better for your health, it is also super satisfying.
Eyelash curler – After many, many uses, your eyelash curler probably has a good buildup of old mascara, even if you rinse it a bit after every use. But you can wipe all that gunk right off with the help of a lighter. Hold the flame near the curler to heat it up for a few seconds. Then, wipe it off with a tissue. The heat of the flame will melt the old mascara so you can wipe it off, but it will also kill all the bacteria living in it. Of course, this method will not work with plastic curlers, as they can melt. Metal only!
Lipstick – You don’t need to “clean” lipstick so much as “sanitize” it. Lipstick is a great place for virus and bacteria to hang out, multiply and get you sick. This is why you should freeze it. Once a week or so, stick your lipstick tube in the freezer overnight to kill all the bacteria and germs. The next morning, take it out and leave it until it reaches room temperature before applying it.
Pressed powders – For obvious reasons, you won’t be able to wipe your pressed powders clean, but this doesn’t mean you can’t disinfect them. Find a small spray bottle and fill it with regular rubbing alcohol. Spritz it (lightly!) on your powder cosmetics and leave them to dry to disinfect them. Now you can put them on your face without worrying about germs.
Makeup brushes – Good quality makeup brushes can last a lifetime, but this doesn’t mean you should deny yourself that “brand new” feel. Mix two parts of baby shampoo with one part olive oil. Pour into a small plate with a little bit of water and pick up the mixture with your brush. Swish it around a bit to get a nice lather going and then rinse thoroughly with water. Gently squeeze the excess water out and then let air dry, propping the handle of the brush so it’s higher than the bristles. As good as new.
Metal tools – Scissors, tweezers, pencil sharpeners, clippers and even nail files. All your metal tools should be disinfected. You only need rubbing alcohol, cotton swabs and patience. Use the swab all of your tools with alcohol, making sure to get all the nooks and crannies to get them clean and germ-free.
Sponges and blenders – Make sure to clean all your sponges and blenders at least once a week to keep bacteria at bay and prevent breakouts. Besides, clean blenders make for flawless looks. Dip your sponge in water and then rub it into a bar of mild soap, making sure to get some lather in there. Work the soap out of the sponge and rinse it in enough water to get all the soap out. Drain excess water and let air dry.