Friday, 7 February 2014

beauty basics: How to sanitize your makeup

Over time your makeup can build up bacteria and could course you to break out. This also shortens the life of your makeup! So it is VERY important you disinfect/sanitize your makeup, especially if you are a makeup artist or share some of your makeup. This tip that I am going to share with you is perfect for a makeup artist. A makeup artist should be doing this because you do not want to spread germs, infections, diseases etc. This is also great for someone who just wants sanitize there makeup, avoid bacteria build up, and extend the life of your makeup.
this guide will teach you a cheap and easy method to sanitize your makeup and also show you what can't be sanitized.

You will need: at least 70 or 90% rubbing alcohol.

Lipstick: Poor some rubbing alcohol in a cup or a little jar and stick your lipstick in the alcohol for a couple of seconds. Take it out and shake off any alcohol that might be dripping from it and then wipe down the lipstick with a clean tissue or paper towel. You can also scrap some lipstick off with a spatchula and put it onto a palette and use it from there.

Lip pencils and eye pencils: These you can just do the same method as with the lipstick. You can also sharpen it, as this removes the top layer. and then just wipe it down with some rubbing alcohol that as been pored onto something like a cotton pad, tissue etc. Remember using the sharpening method will cross contaminate the sharpener but you can clean the sharpener by wiping it down with some rubbing alcohol. To also get in the hole and between the blades use a cotton bud and rubbing alcohol to sanitize that area of the sharpener.

Pressed powders: This includes eyeshadow, face powder, blush, bronzer etc. Use a spray bottle for this, just pore some rubbing alcohol into the bottle. You can remove the top layer first by wiping the product with a clean tissue or paper towel, and then Spray some rubbing alcohol all over the product like for example a eyeshadow and then set aside to dry. Tip: it's ok not to worry to much about sanitizing these if your only using these on yourself because the product is dry and bacteria is drawn to moisture. 

Cream/gel products: This includes blush, foundation, concealer, and eyeshadow. Spray the alcohol over the product or pore some of the alcohol onto paper towel and wipe down the product. NOTE: when using the wiping method make sure the product as a smooth surface. These you can also use a spatchula to scrap off on a palette.

I have also listed some Products that cannot be sanitized and ways to keep these products sanitary and avoiding cross contaminating.
Mascara: You can't sanitize these but you can keep it from building up bacteria and getting the product dirty by making sure your mascara wand/lid is on properly and tight, And this will also stop it from drying out. Also you can avoid cross contaminating them (important for makeup artists!) by using disposal mascara wands and only dipping it once and twisting the wand around in the mascara, to get enough product and because if you pump it in and out it will pump air back into the mascara and dry out the product. Do NOT double dip the wand! Its ok to double dip the wand on your own mascara but make sure to chuck out your mascara every 3 months. (btw don't share your own mascara, as this is cross contaminating and could give someone an infection and once used on someone else it could also give you an infection. This is also why makeup artists have to use disposable mascara wands)

Loose powders: You also can't sanitize these but because it's a loose product you can just tip some of the product onto a palette and use it from there. (this is also goes for loose eyeshadows) Avoid the double dipping. And also again this is a dry product and bacteria is drawn to moisture so don't worry to much about these if you only using it on yourself and you keep the lid on. As For makeup artists do the separating method, as I mentioned before. 

Liquid foundations and concealers: These can also be separated because they are liquid. Pore/squeeze the product onto a palette and use it from there.

Liquid eyeliners: For makeup artists, its best not use these, as there is really no way to sanitize these or avoid cross contaminating. Instead use gel or or pencil. And just for your own makeup kit its fine to use any way you like but make sure to chuck out your liquid liners every 3 months.

Anything i forgot to mention? just let me know in the comments.

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