How to Sanitize Makeup

Makeup may not seem like something that needs regular cleaning. How dirty can it get? The answer might surprise you.

Dirt and grime forming on your makeup and brushes can cause breakouts, illnesses, and in some cases, skin infections.

Whether you have been regularly cleaning your makeup or have never thought about it before, here at The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), DC, we have some tried and true tips and tricks that could help to keep your makeup clean and your skin fresh and healthy.

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how to sanitize makeup

Brushes and Sponges

One of the biggest culprits of spreading germs and bacteria is brushes and sponges. Many people don’t know this, but you should actually clean your brushes once a week – if not more often.

Cleaning your brushes is actually quite easy, so if you are already dreading the extra time, don’t!

  • Brushes

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    Those beautiful bristle brushes are so soft when you first purchase them! But after months of makeup buildup, they might start feeling a little prickly. Once a week, before you head out the door to work or school, mix together a little olive oil, water, and baby soap. Give brushes a gentle swirl to clean, then rinse!

    How to clean makeup brushes

    Before you head out the door, set them flat on a towel to dry. By the time you get home from work, your brushes will feel just as soft as the day you bought them.

    Pro Tip! Major makeup artists suggest cleaning your brushes every day if you are doing heavy makeup or makeup on others. This will help keep bacteria from and keep them extra free from build up.

  • Sponges

    makeup sponges

    No matter if you use the old school latex wedges or a modern-day blender, you need to clean them! Sponges inevitably absorb anything that they touch, so it is especially important to wash them once a week with a good soap.

    To clean them, simply pop a bit of liquid soap on the surface or run them against bar soap briefly. Rub in the soap and and work out the suds under running water until no residue remains. You will be left with a beautifully clean sponge.

    how to clean makeup sponges

    Pro Tip! Many makeup artists swear by a good antibacterial soap to clean their blenders and sponges. Although the soap may seem harsh, it is actually is the best for getting the residue out of sponges and disinfecting them.

Powders, Tubs, and Gels

There is more to sanitizing makeup than just the brushes. Pretty much everything can be cleaned, from eyeshadows to lipstick.

  • Pressed Powders

    pressed makeups

    All pressed powders, such a foundation and eyeshadow, can be cleaned with something as simple as a tissue. By wiping off the top layer, you can eliminate some of the bacterial build up.

    If you are looking for something more, you can easily sanitize the powder by spraying the surface with a mixture of alcohol and water after skimming the surface.

    Pro Tip! Although alcohol is used in the binding process for pressed powders, it will not damage your makeup. Just make sure you aren’t saturating it! A light spritz will do the trick.

  • Creams and Liquids

    lipstick and mascara

    While you can’t directly sanitize these products, there are things you can do to keep them at the top of their game and “germ free.”

    • Pot Creams– If you have been putting your fingers into these products – know there is a better way! Use a plastic makeup spatula to get the product out easier and keep the pot free of germs.
    • Mascara– You have probably heard that you should throw your mascara out monthly. Adhere to it! Not only is mascara the best at transporting eye based infections, it also dries out pretty quickly!
    • Lipstick– Yes! You can sanitize your lipstick! If you have had a cold lately or haven’t done this is a while, get to it!
      You can do this in two ways. Many people swear by the overnight freezing method, while other chose to dip their lipstick in alcohol and water for a few seconds. Whatever you choose, put this on your list.

No matter how you choose to sanitize your makeup, this important step is one that should not be overlooked.

We hope that these tips help to keep your makeup sanitary, your skin healthy, and your life fresh and clean. For more tips on makeup, or to learn more about perfecting the art – check out the MUD Makeup courses at The Salon Professional Academy, DC.