Scrub your makeup

Spend time sanitising and cleaning your products

Spend time sanitising and cleaning your products  

When it comes to hygiene, just like we wash our clothes and clean our shoes, keeping our makeup tools and make-up clean is just as important. While some basics such as cleaning your hands before touching your face or your products are ingrained in us (at least I hope) some practices aren’t.

The Tools

Dirty make-up brushes can very easily be a cause of for several skin problems, so keeping them clean is very important.

To start with, never keep your brushes out in the open as they will gather a lot of dust. Especially the brushes that you use for cream or liquid products. Second, always deep-clean them after three to four uses. You can use products meant for brushes and tools, but in my opinion a bar of Dove soap works just as well. Make sure to clean until the water runs clear and always store them on their side on a ledge or upside down when drying to prevent the water from affecting the glue that holds the brush together. While we’re talking about brushes, don’t forget your spoolie (even the one that comes with your eyebrow pencil). The amount of fuzz it collects will really surprise you.

Similarly, sponges and powder puffs must also be cleaned often. I prefer to clean my sponge after every use, as it is usually used wet and can very easily become a breeding ground for bacteria and mould. Also, putting your sponge in the microwave or very hot water once in a few months will help deep-clean it.

Powder puffs often go weeks or sometimes months without getting cleaned. Just because it came with your pressed powder, does not mean you don’t clean it. And while you must clean it just like your brushes, make sure to always be sweat-free before you apply powder using a powder puff (to avoid looking like a patchwork quilt, and this also collects bacteria on the puff).

While we are on the topic of cleaning your tools, a spot cleaner (such as the MAC brush cleanser or Zoeva brush cleanser) can be used. While doing your makeup, if you realise you need a brush that happens to be dirty, a spot cleaner comes in handy as the alcohol evaporates immediately, leaving you with a clean brush. However, this should not be the only way you clean your brushes.

The Makeup

Now that your tools are clean and smelling lovely, your makeup also needs to be sanitised (especially the cream-based products). It’s very simple. All you need is Isopropyl Alcohol (97 to 99 per cent) available at your local pharmacy, and a spray bottle. Once in a month or so, I would suggest spraying your cream products as well as lipsticks (with lipsticks I would also suggest wiping the surface with a clean tissue after spraying the IPA). This will not only kill bacteria, but also prolong the life of your products. If your lipstick starts smelling off, try this to extend its life just a bit longer. While the idea of acid may scare some, remember that this will evaporate quickly. But it’s also used as an activator for most SFX makeup so it’s not all bad.

Finally, IPA can also be used to spot clean your brushes, but I wouldn’t recommend it as it can hurt your brushes and loosen the glue in the long run.

While we’re talking about taking care of your products, also remember that some things must be kept away from the sun, in a refrigerator (TCP, Vitamin C oils or serums) and most makeup should be stored in a dry and cool place.

So, what are you waiting for? Spend your Sunday sanitising and cleaning your products as well as everything else... Your skin, the shelf life and your wallet will thank you!

The author is a makeup artist and hairstylist.

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Printable version | May 26, 2020 12:18:03 PM |

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