You need to take care of your makeup products as much as you take care of your skin. Especially in the era of COVID-19, when cleaning and sanitizing everything has become the top priority and a matter of safety. So, why should your makeup products be barred from this sanitization? Besides, the metallic and glass surfaces touch your hands, but your makeup kit and beauty products touch your skin. Hence, you must make sure that you regularly cleanse your makeup kit and keep it in good condition. If you have not made it a habit to clean and sanitize your beauty products yet, now is the time to start! Here’s how to clean makeup.
Whether you want a “barely there” makeup look for your brunch date with bae or want to go full glam for a night out in town with your girls, the foundation is your best friend! (Find the perfect foundation shade match on the Maybelline Foundation Finder tool.) To keep your liquid foundation clean and tidy all the time, take a cotton pad and soak it in rubbing alcohol. Use the alcohol-soaked cotton pad to give the foundation bottle and its nozzle a solid cleaning.
Wondering how to sanitize makeup powders? Usually, powders are the safest. But if you wish to sanitize your compact or blush, put rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and use it to spray directly over your powdered product and let it air dry completely before shutting the box. Don’t spray alcohol from a very close distance. Pro tip: Before spraying, skim a layer off the top.
• Makeup brushes and sponges
If you think that spraying some rubbing alcohol over your makeup sponges and brushes is enough, you need to think again. Yes, the alcohol spray will reduce bacteria, but it won’t take care of product built up. Brushes/sponges need to be washed at least once a week. Worrying about how to clean makeup brushes? It’s easy and you can do it in minutes. All you have to do is get a bowl, add some water and your regular shampoo. Mix it well and soak your brushes and sponges for some time and rinse it well. Then, dry them out before storing them again. Also, sanitize your kit or brush container with wet wipes.
With mascara, you will have to be extra careful, more than any other makeup product. You can clean it with rubbing alcohol but the leftover alcohol on the wand can end up giving you an eye infection or cause itchiness and redness. So, it is important to get rid of the leftover alcohol by further cleaning your mascara wand with water.
• Sharpeners and pencils
Leave the sharpener in a bowl filled with rubbing alcohol for about five minutes. Then, wipe it with a clean and dry cotton pad. For the pencils, spray rubbing alcohol over them and wipe them well.
For cleaning your lip shades, we recommend that you buy a spray with 70% alcohol and spray it onto the tip. Another good tip to keep your lipsticks clean and germ-free is to wipe them away with a clean tissue every time you use them. As far as lip liners are concerned, you can sharpen them regularly and break off the very top, to get rid of the dirt and ensure you're using the safest possible part of the product.
Apart from these tips to clean makeup brushes and more, you also need to keep in mind that you throw out your face, lip or eye makeup products as soon as they expire. We know it’s a tough call throwing away your favourite highlighter or eyeshadow but abiding by makeup expiration dates is incredibly important. Makeup products can cause bacteria and replacing them regularly is necessary to avoid skin irritation, breakouts, eye infections, and styes. If you are not sure of the expiry date, notice the colour and the texture of the product. If you see a change, it’s time to toss it and get yourself new stuff. Not able to finalize your new makeup products? Try the Maybelline Virtual Try-On tool that helps you experiment with different makeup products, virtually, without any commitment. For finding a lipstick shade that flatters your face makeup, try the Maybelline Lipstick Finder tool.