Makeup is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexuality. That being said, you don’t want to be a pig and use nasty-looking brushes and accessories, which is why they should be cleaned regularly. Every morning, we think of everything to have fresh and luminous skin, but what about the brush, the puff, and the different applicators we use to apply makeup? They too must be beautiful!
However, almost half of women, men, and non-binary folks tend to forget to clean their makeup accessories. We all want fabulous makeup, but sometimes we forget to choose and maintain our makeup accessories properly! So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of our tips to clean your makeup.
1. Clean the lipstick
First, try to buy lipstick in metal containers- they do not retain germs as much as plastic. Cleaning lipstick is a two-step process and should be done every two weeks or at least once a month. First, take a cotton swab, hold it at an angle, gently rotate your lipstick, and then scrape off the top of the lipstick. You don’t need to remove a large piece; scrape off the top layer of lipstick.
Next, pour rubbing alcohol or vodka into a small bowl and soak your exposed lipstick in the solution for at least 30 seconds. After that, you can let it air dry or gently wipe it off with a clean paper tissue. This also keeps the formula most effective because it will remove it if anything gets stuck in it.
2. Eye shadow, blush, powder, and bronzing powder
Powder makeup products like eyeshadow and blush are quite easy to clean. Just take a butter knife and scrape the top of the product into the trash can. That’s it. Be careful not to press too hard, though, or you could break the product into pieces.
This is also a good method if you frequently use a powder and a compact, shiny area forms on the product. Unfortunately, this area is caused by the sebum on your skin. It is better to use brushes instead of foam applicators because you can clean your brush after each use.
3. Brushes For Makeup
Brushes may seem hard to clean, but it’s quite easy. Between washes, you can spray them with a solution of one part water and nine parts vodka or rubbing alcohol. You can also use a brush cleaner. Spray the solution on a dry cloth, then run your brush over it to quickly and easily remove makeup from the surface of the bristles.
Don’t press down hard or dip your brushes in water. Doing so will break your brushes or at least cause them to disintegrate. It’s a good idea to wash your brushes after each use and then follow a regime of washing your makeup brushes every two weeks to a month.
The easiest way to keep pencils clean is to sharpen them before each use. This includes makeup pencils, from lipstick to eyeliner to eyebrow pencils, etc. You don’t need to remove many layers; a few quick twists are all you need.
If your pencils are retracted rather than sharpened, pour rubbing alcohol or vodka into a small container and dip the tip of the pencil into the solution for 30 seconds. Finally, let it air dry or wipe it gently with a clean paper tissue.
5. Some makeup products simply cannot be cleaned
Some products cannot be cleaned and should be discarded after prolonged use because they can cause infection. The most important product that should not be cleaned is mascara. You may think that you can clean the wand to make the mascara last longer, but germs always get into the product every time you use it.
Plus, mascara isn’t made to last for years- just let it go. Lip gloss from a tube is easier to clean because you can wipe off the tip, but sponge applicators and lip gloss in a dish can’t really be stored and also need to be thrown away if you have an infection. Otherwise, you can keep them for a year or two if they have a normal smell.
Disposable makeup sponges are nothing more than that: disposable. They are not meant to be washed and reused for months. If you find that you are getting more rashes than usual and are using sponge applicators, you will be doing yourself a favor by throwing them away as soon as possible.
Also, nail polishes cannot be cleaned. If you have a fungal infection on your nails or have a friend use your favorite nail polish, and they get an infection, you should be patient and throw the nail polish away. It is better to buy a new one than risk getting a nail infection.
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