Everyone focuses on colors, shades, techniques and such, but many don’t pay attention to healthy makeup. Keeping your makeup fresh and taking care of your cosmetics, including tools should not be overlooked. It is very important to wash, clean and/or sterilize your makeup and accessories on a regular basis. It’s also important to toss out expired or tainted cosmetics to prevent illnesses.
Washing your makeup brushes should be done no less than weekly and professional makeup artists should use clean brushes for each client. Makeup brushes are easy to clean if you begin when they are new and continue to maintain them. To clean a brush, first roll the bristles in a drop or two of a mild soap, gentle face cleanser or moisturizing shampoo. Gently roll the brush on the palm of your hand a few times to thoroughly coat the bristles with soap. Now place your hand under warm running water and continue rolling the bristles around until the color runs clear. Blot the bristles with a clean dry towel and lay it flat to dry.
If you use a liquid foundation that comes in a bottle, then either pour it out onto the back of your hand or on a dish and dip your finger or sponge into it. You can also use a small cosmetic spatula or cotton buds to extract the foundation. For cream foundation you can use a tissue or paper towel to wipe off the top layer. It’s best to use a sanitized sponge or a brand new sponge every time you apply cream foundation. If you dip the same sponge back into the foundation then use a clean side instead of the one you just used. This helps to prevent any bacteria from your face transferring onto the foundation.
Bacteria in pressed eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers and highlighters can be minimized if you use a clean brush. If it’s a product that you use often then scraping top layer either with a spatula, piece of card or paper towel to remove any germs that may be there. Now just lightly spritz it with rubbing alcohol and allow it to dry.
Lipstick can easily become contaminated because it has more opportunities to come in contact with undesirables. It is the most reapplied cosmetic product and often shared with friends, which increases the risk of contamination. Fortunately there’s a simple way to effectively clean them. Begin by wiping off the top layer with a tissue, paper towel or cloth. Turn the lipstick up to expose about ¼ inch, dip it into rubbing alcohol for 30 seconds, remove, gently dab the excess off and allow it to dry.