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  • Writer's pictureIren Urdova

How to Sanitize and Maintain Your Makeup Products

Cleaning and organizing are essential parts of our daily lives. We tidy up our homes, wash our faces, and declutter our closets, but there's one aspect that often goes overlooked – our makeup products! Have you ever stopped to consider the bacteria and dust buildup on your beloved eyeshadow palette or that blush you use daily? As a makeup artist, I've come to realize the importance of disinfecting and maintaining my makeup collection. Not only does it protect our skin from breakouts and clogged pores, but it also ensures our beauty products stay in top-notch condition. In this blog, we'll explore some simple yet effective steps to keep your makeup products hygienic and safe.

  1. Clean Your Makeup Brushes and Sponges:

woman putting on makeup with a pink beauty blender

Makeup brushes and sponges are magnets for bacteria, oil, and product residue. It's crucial to clean your brushes at least once a week and replace sponges after 4-5 uses. For a thorough brush cleanse, use regular bar soap and warm water to remove all traces of makeup. Lay the brushes flat to dry overnight. If you're pressed for time, you can also use a quick-drying brush cleaner followed by a spritz of rubbing alcohol to kill off harmful bacteria.

  1. Disinfect Your Makeup Products:

Powder-based products like blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow can accumulate bacteria over time. Make it a habit to disinfect them once a week. Grab a spray bottle filled with regular rubbing alcohol and mist the surface of your powder products. Let them air dry for a few seconds, and voilà – your makeup is sanitized and safe for use.

rubbing alcohol to disinfect makeup products

  1. Mind the Expiration Dates:

Using expired makeup products can lead to skin irritation and infections. Keep an eye on the PAO (Period After Opening) symbol on the packaging, which indicates how many months a product is safe to use after opening. Mascara and liquid eyeliners, for example, should be replaced every three months, while powder-based products like eyeshadows can last up to two years. If a product smells off or looks strange, it's time to bid it farewell.

African American woman applying mascara and makeup in the mirror


Your makeup products deserve just as much attention and care as the rest of your belongings. By adopting a hygienic makeup routine, you'll not only protect your skin but also extend the life of your cosmetics. Regularly cleaning your brushes, disinfecting your powder products, and respecting expiration dates are simple yet effective ways to maintain a clean and safe makeup collection. So, the next time you indulge in a beauty haul, remember to invest a little time in preserving and promoting healthy, glowing skin.

If you're hungry for more makeup tips and beauty insights, follow me on Instagram @highlightsbyreni. Together, let's celebrate the joy of makeup while keeping our routines clean and chic!

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