Clean up the contents of your makeup bag to avoid breakouts and infections on your face. By Yuen Yi Ying
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If you don’t want to risk getting rashes or eye and lip infections, cleaning your makeup and their applicators regularly – ideally before and after every use – is a good idea. They’re great bacteria-breeding grounds, easily contaminated by dirty hands as well as the oil and germs on your face, says Dr Low Chai Ling, medical director of The Sloane Clinic. Start disinfecting – now.
How to clean makeup & accessories: Lipstick
Dip lipstick – just the tip that touches your lips – in rubbing alcohol (70 per cent ethanol) for a few seconds; this won’t damage the product as alcohol evaporates quickly. Then, air-dry upside down to let excess drip away. Don’t forget to sanitise the case too.
How to clean makeup & accessories: Mascara
To keep your wand clump- and bacteria-free, wipe it after every use from base to tip with a paper towel (regular tissue paper will tear) moistened with alcohol. Let the alcohol evaporate before putting the wand back into the tube.
How to clean makeup & accessories: Eye and Lip Pencils
Sharpen them before and after every use. Alternatively, dip the tip in alcohol for a few seconds, then air-dry.
How to clean makeup & accessories: Powder
Wipe down the surface with a dry tissue (moisture from alcohol may be damaging). Clean applicators at least once a week and change foundation sponges once every month.
How to clean makeup & accessories: Makeup Brushes
Spot clean them after every use by running a wet wipe over to remove residue. If brushes are used on a regular basis, do a deeper cleanse by rinsing them with a dab of gentle face wash or baby shampoo and water. Just make sure not to dunk the entire brush in water (this might loosen the glue that holds the bristles together), and to dry makeup brushes flat (to avoid water flowing back into the ferrule).