How To Clean Your Beauty Products
Sometimes, we feel like we can’t live without our beauty products. However, dirt and bacteria find their way into your makeup every day. Although you probably don’t really see it, having perfectly clean makeup products is really mandatory. That’s why you should know how to properly clean your cosmetics and makeup tools.
Before you start cleaning your cosmetics, make sure your hands are clean. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer and you’re ready to go.
Check the Expiration Date
Yes, your makeup products have the tendency to be expired, that’s why it’s mandatory for you to check your products expiration date and keep it clean from germs. Products that you need to pay attention to the most are liquid products (usually expired between 6 months to a year), mascara (3-6 months) and liquid eyeliner (6 months to 1 year).
As far as cleaning your lipstick, it’s a two-step method and should be followed every couple weeks, or at least once a month. First, grab a Q-tip, hold it at an angle, slightly twist up your lipstick, and then scrape the top of the lipstick off. You don’t have to remove a large chunk, but instead, remove the top layer of the lipstick. Second, pour some rubbing alcohol into a small dish and submerge your exposed lipstick into the solution for at least 30-seconds. Allow it to air dry, or gently wipe dry with a clean tissue. This also keeps the formula at its most potent, because if there's anything stuck in it this will remove it.
This includes any type of makeup pencil from lip liner to eyeliner, brow pencil, etc. The simplest way to keep pencils clean is just to sharpen them, just a couple of quick twists will do. Again, then pour some rubbing alcohol or vodka into a small container then dip the tip of the pencil into the solution for 30-seconds. Finally, air dry or gently wipe it dry with a clean tissue.
If your liquid foundation does not have a pump applicator, then you have to pour out the very top portion of the foundation in order to clean it. This doesn’t always remove all germs, because it's important to shake your foundation. If you must use a foundation bottle like this, then try to use Q-tips to dip into the bottle instead of your fingers. Just remember to use a clean one with each dip.
Eyeshadow, Blush, Bronzer and Powder
Powder base-cake makeup products such as eyeshadow and blush are actually fairly easy to clean. Just grab a butter knife and scrape the top of the product into the trash can. That's it. Be careful, though, not to press down hard, or you’ll break your product into pieces. This is also a good method for if you use a powder often, and you form a compacted shiny area on the product. Unfortunately, that area is caused by oil from your skin. Using brushes instead of foam applicators is better, since you can clean your brush after each use.
Makeup Bags and Cases
Your makeup bags and cases can get very dirty quickly. Twice a month, or at least monthly, you should remove all products from your bag or case and give it a good cleaning. The best and quickest way to do this is with antibacterial wipes. Simply wipe the inside of the bag or case until any makeup residue is gone. If you feel that your makeup bag or case is still loaded with germs after wiping them down then simply place them in the freezer overnight. The extreme cold will destroy any germs left behind, even after using antibacterial wipes.
Brushes may seem difficult to clean, but it’s actually very easy. Thank goodness that we live in a world where we can buy cleansers that are specifically made to clean your brushes. Spray the solution on a dry cloth and then wipe your brush across it, quickly and easily removing makeup from the surface of the bristles. Do not press down hard, do not submerge your brushes in water or your brushes might come apart.
Makeup Products You Can't Clean
Believe it or not, there are certain products that you can’t clean. Typically, a beauty sponge lasts around 3 months, especially when you love to keep it damp. Once you pass those that duration, immediately replace them with a new one. The most important product to not clean is mascara. You may think you can clean the wand in order to keep the mascara longer, but germs still get into the product with each use. Once it smells funky, throw it away immediately!
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