Tips for a hygienic makeover

28 Apr 2016
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Easy ways to clean your make-up items.

When it comes to beauty rituals, we take care of every detail but often forget about the cleanliness of our make-up utensils and accessories. Regardless of how much you spend on these, germs and bacteria can lurk in them and contaminate your skin. 

To help you,, offers some tips on how to keep these items clean.

Make-up brushes

Keeping brushes clean is important for hygiene but also to avoid mixing colours, which can lead to you having the wrong blush colour on your skin.

Ideally, wash your brushes after each use. If it’s too time-consuming to wash them this frequently, every 15 days would be recommended. Make-up brushes are made up of two different types:   

  • Natural hair: mainly used with powders. To clean them, wash with a soap water solution at neutral pH and leave them to dry. Don’t leave them to dry in a vertical position as this can damage the wood that holds the brush together. You can also apply conditioner to the brush hair once a month to maintain softness.
  • Synthetic fibres: mainly used for creamier products. To clean these brushes, wash with a non-alcoholic cleanser. There are plenty of instant cleaning liquids that do not require water, though. Simply apply the liquid onto the brush and rub it with a clean cloth.

Make-up Sponges

For make-up sponges, disposable ones are the most hygienic option. However, if you prefer another type of sponge, disinfect it with some dishwashing liquid and a spritz of rubbing alcohol. Alternatively, you can wash it with baby lotion. Let the sponge dry before storage or re-use.

Lipsticks (or creamy make-up like foundation)

For those who apply lipstick with a brush, it’s important to keep it clean. To disinfect it, use a damp cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol and give it a light going over. No need to clean it very often, but once every four to five months should do the trick.

Make-up bag

The make-up bag is always left aside when cleaning but really shouldn’t be. In fact, it is constantly accumulating germs, contaminating your accessories all over again. To solve this, wash it every few months and keep it clean in between by cleaning out the inside with a face wipe.

Extra tip: Removal of make-up stains on clothes

If you are a victim of a make-up stain, don’t worry. Soak your stained garment in a vinegar and water solution with a squeeze of lemon. Leave it for a couple of minutes then apply washing detergent onto the stain. Rub the affected area until the stain disappears and rinse the garment.

For lipstick stains, instead of the method mentioned above, soak a cotton ball in ammonia and rub it onto the stain before washing the affected area in hot water.

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