How Clean Are Your Cosmetics?

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This is a follow up to my April 1st blog, “How to clean your makeup brushes.”Your cosmetics can only be as clean and sanitized as your brushes and vice versa. Also your hands are one of your tools, so always apply hand sanitizer in front of your client.

  • Always have a clean, sanitized work surface. I use use paper towel for all my work surfaces.
  • Have makeup and brushes that you use only on your clients.  Do NOT use your own daily makeup and brushes.
  • Never double dip anything especially mascaras.
  • Use disposable applicators when possible:
    • Lip wands, mascara spoolies, cotton swabs, wedge sponges
      • Once a wand comes into contact with lips or lashes it is contaminated and must be discarded.
      • If a contaminated wand goes back into the tire tube it must then be discarded also.
  • Never contaminate brushes or makeup by blowing on them.
  • Never reuse a brush on another client without disinfecting it first
  • Always keep duplicate brushes when working on more than one client
  • Never use a lipstick straight out of the tube

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For cream products (lipsticks, eyeshadows, concealers, blushes, gel eyeliners, primers, etc.)

  • Use a clean spatula to scrape product from container and place on a clean palette
  • One finger dipped in a concealer palette or one double dip contaminates the entire palette and it must be discarded
  • Use clean spatula to scoop out cream makeup then apply to a clean palette
    • Stainless steel or plastic spatulas can be sprayed with alcohol then wiped down between each color
    • Palettes can be stainless steel or plastic.
    • For lip, eye, and brow pencils wipe down with 70% alcohol, sharpen, and  wipe with alcohol again.
    • This prevents sharpener contamination.
      • Sharpeners should also be wiped clean with 70% alcohol regularly

Liquid eyeliner:

Use the applicator to dispense product onto a clean palette. Apply  product with an  angled brush or use disposable applicators.

For precision felt tip eyeliners use the previous tip.

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Powders don’t harbor bacteria and have the longest shelf life of all other cosmetics. Clean with either a mist of 70% isopropyl alcohol or remove a top layer with a  gentle rub of  with tissue.

Another technique to keep eyeshadow, powder, and blush palettes clean is to to scrape the product onto a clean tissue or palette before application. This keeps brushes from coming into direct contact with the pan.

Why 70% alcohol? 

It is a proven fact that anything over 70% can freeze the outside cell wall of the bacteria, allowing it to lay dormant and it can come back alive and active.  70% allows the alcohol to penetrate the wall and destroy the bacteria.

Leigh Raeder, In My Kit and Wandering Lipstick blogs deserve credit for the information in this blog. Thanks ladies.







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