Now that you’ve made some ‘cosmetic’ changes to your beauty routine, go all the way because nothing can make up for improper hygiene.
1. Make-up brushes & powder puffs: Wash them weekly with a mild baby shampoo. Squeeze out all of the remaining water and pat dry with a paper towel. Allow them to completely dry before placing them back. Make-up artists use a cleanser on brushes like Sterilum or make-up brush cleanser every time they finish an application because they have to use their brushes on many people. This will clean all the make-up, disinfect and condition the hair of the brush too. Just spray it on the brush and wipe clean with a tissue. The best part is that the make-up brush will be completely dry after you’re done! It is perfect when you don't have the time to dry your brushes. How often should you clean your make-up brushes? Depends on the brush. Any brush you use on a liquid cosmetic should be cleaned everyday like concealer, foundation, lip products and cream eye shadow. For other brushes, clean as often as twice a week or once a week depending on how regularly you use them.
2. Always wash your hands before applying make-up. Keep a hand sanitiser with you when on-the-go.
3. Although brushes are great, use disposable applicators when possible. These include sponges, Q-tips, etc. Chuck them after a single use to be safe.
4. Sharpen eyeliner/lipliner before every use and swipe with a tissue before applying it. Not only does it give you a precise point to work with for a better line, but using a sharpener also helps you get rid of any bacterial residue.
5. Can’t remind you enough to check the expiry date of products. Most women use expired make-up products not just because they are expensive, but also because they look and smell the same as when they were bought way past their expiry date. Once your makeup product has expired, the preservatives which keep the bacteria in check become less effective allowing microbes to multiply freely inside the tubes and bottles. These bacteria are then transferred to your face every time you apply make-up and can cause all kinds of dermatological distress from rashes to pimples.
6. Avoid using in-store testers. Would you offer your mascara or eye shadow to the girl with the pink-eye next to you in the restroom? Testers in stores sure seem tempting and are a great way to check out make-up products before buying them. But, the truth is you never know who has been using them before you. Testers may be infested full of viruses like herpes and pink-eye which are passed on through skin contact. If you have to use testers, scrape off the top layer of the lipsticks, use disposable applicators and sharpen any pencils you want to try out.
7. Keep your products clean. Most of us are guilty of storing our make-up products in the most unhygienic room in the house, the bathroom, which is full of airborne microbes just waiting to settle into your favourite foundation or mascara. If you still want to keep your make-up in the bathroom, keep it all covered and the lids on tightly.
8. Bacteria are more likely to breed in warm, moist conditions. So, keep your products cool and away from direct sunlight. Keeping them in your car is also not a good idea.
9. Keep your tools clean. Though we tend to put our make-up brushes and sponges down on the sink while applying make-up, there’s no telling what kind of bacteria that bathroom surface has collected. Our brushes and sponges come into contact most with our face and should be kept clean and dry at all times. Lay make-up brushes on a paper towel while using them.
10. Now that you’ve got that awesome eye shadow, of course your girlfriends will want to try it on. But, even if it offends anyone, don’t share make-up! This bacterial barter could be a recipe for breakouts, or worse, infection.
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