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Should You Be Sanitizing Your Makeup? Here’s What You Need to Know

We already know the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes regularly. But have you thought of sanitizing your actual makeup? You would be surprised how much dirt can accumulate on your makeup products. Bacteria and germs from foundation bottles, makeup sponges, and moisturizer jars can transfer to your skin, possibly leading to breakouts or infections.

How To Sanitize Your Makeup



You can start by spraying isopropyl alcohol directly into the foundation bottle. Afterward, you can use makeup remover wipes and gently wipe the bottle’s nozzle to get rid of other extra products. Make sure to wipe the cap, too!

Makeup Palettes and Powders

When it comes to cleaning the inside of a makeup palette, I personally use tissue paper or makeup wipe to wipe excess powder to avoid the actually pressed eyeshadow. Simply, skim the top layer off of the product and let it air dry.


When it comes to mascara, I’d suggest throwing it out rather than trying to sanitize it if you have concerns. The eye area is delicate, and dirty mascaras can cause eye infections causing itchiness and redness. 

Cream products

Do. Not. Dip. Your. Fingers. In. Them. Remember that our hands are extremely dirty. Dipping your fingers in cream products can cause germs to spread. Instead, you can use single-use sanitary applicators on your makeup.

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