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Monday, the 1st of February, by Kat Battershill

Pro Tips To Keep Your Makeup Clean and Bacteria Free

Double dipping, dirty brushes, or even sharing makeup with friends are mistakes that are so common, yet can cause bacteria to grow inside your products.

Your makeup products might not be as clean as you think. Double dipping, dirty brushes, or even sharing makeup with friends are mistakes that are so common, yet can cause bacteria to grow inside your products.

Double Dipping

Firstly, what is double-dipping? Essentially, it means using the same brush or applicator and going back and forth from the product to your face without being cleaned in between. Any makeup artist will tell you this is not hygienic! If you share products with friends it is even worse, as it can spread skin conditions such as ring worn, cold sores, and impetigo, even if they are not aware, they have the condition yet. So, what can you do? A simple way to fix this is to use the end of a clean brush or spatula and scoop product out onto a pallet or the back of a clean hand. This is especially important for cream products as a warm dark and moist environment is a breeding ground for bacteria. But what about powders?

Isopropyl Alcohol

Also known as IPA or 99% alcohol. You can often get it from places such as Amazon or eBay in a range of sizes. If you pour this into a spray bottle it is perfect for regularly spraying over eyeshadow pallets to kill any bacteria. IPA is also great for cleaning makeup brushes, spray some onto a cotton pad or kitchen towel and clean your brush, perfect for in-between eyeshadow colours or even if your just short on time and can’t clean your brushes with soap and water.

IPA By Hexeal available from Amazon.com

Expiration Dates

Often people forget there is an expiry date on most if not all makeup products, one way to keep track of how old your makeup is and whether it is time to replace something is simply sticking a note on having a mini label printer. By writing/printing either the date you opened a product or the date it will need to be replaced will help you to ensure that you do not end up with makeup years past its expiry. This is not essential for things such as eyeshadow pallets if you keep it clean with IPA, but this is a must when it comes to crème products, mascara, and some forms of eyeliner.

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