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Skin School How to Sanitise your makeup

Skin School 

How to sanitise your makeup  

Deep cleansing your personal makeup products, cases, tools and brushes should always be a priority, especially since Covid. We must put safety measures in place,and I have put together a simple professional guide, to help you look after your makeup and skincare items safely. 

De-clutter and get rid of any items that you have not used or opened, those that are unopened and within the sell by date, you maybe able to swap with friends or donate.


I have a blog post dedicated to de-cluttering your makeup kit, vanity areas and travel bags. They can all be washed in the washing machine, or hand washed according to the fabric. Using the correct cleansing product, cruelty free or natural goes a long way for that extra protection and sanitisation.

Always use licensed isopropyl alcohol 


Any product, powder, ingredient or tool that comes into contact with your hands or skin needs to be sanitised, no excuses. 

Clean your brushes using a light baby or natural shampoo this will remove makeup, skin dirt from the brush hairs, towel dry them, patting or squeezing with a tissue to remove any excess water. Line up on a table or work surface with the brush hairs hanging over the edge, balancing on the ferule, (metal casing, where the hairs are glued together and housed) on the table to air dry. Remember to wipe down and sanitiise the handles as well.

Breakouts and viral infections can easily be transferred from tools or products, this also occurs when using or sharing unsanitary products, especially in the eye area. BE SAFE 

Blemishes and breakouts 

Bin Donate or Share unwanted unopened with friends or Donate, but please do check with the Charity for their criteria, prior to delivery. 

Sponges, powder puffs and beauty blenders can be disposed of, and replaced or washed weekly.  If you wear foundation daily, why not have a collection spare ones. Many of the pro makeup artists recommend placing the professional cosmetic beauty blenders in a bowl of water and putting into the microwave for extra sterilsation after hand washing them.. 

Powders, eyeshadows, bronzers and palettes can be sanitised with a mixture of 70% alcohol and 30% distilled water. If the alcohol solution is any higher, it will not perform adequately.

 Wipe down the lids edges of the product, cases, give a light spray and wipe them over.  The mix of this solution is perfect, you can spray powders or eyeshadows with a licensed isopropyl alcohol IPA product. This will cut down on the spread of bacteria, virus and fungi. Hold your solution at lest 15-20 cm from the product, the fine mist will sanitise them, allow the mist to evaporate and it will dry in a few seconds. Should you decide to spritz any closer and you risk the chance of damage to your powder products.

Layout all your makeup items, these are mine!!

How to Disinfect products 

Eyelash curlers, need to be wiped down and spritzed with your IPA solution, check and bin old reused lashes, that have glue build up. These items have to be carefully cleansed especially to remove the with the built up glue and as they are so close to the easily infected eye area.

Cleanse your foundation tubes, bottles, use your solution to cleanse the nozzles with a cotton bud, wipe the lids and outside of your product, checking the dates, smelling the ingredients and feeling the textures.

Macaras must be trashed after 4-5 months, smell them, if they are clogged, dropping filaments bin them. If you use a disposable wand, unfortunately you will not receive the benefit of the applicator, however you will be safe from infection. The action of pumping the mascara also breads bacteria into the product, by adding air or moisture and can also dry out the product.

Wipe down all vanity surfaces, mirrors, and perfume bottles as they can be a home for breeding bacteria and germs. 

Expiry dates 

Expiry dates are written on every product  or boxwith a number and a M, take a look at the image below eg: 12M,18M, 24m. The image will be with a pot with a lid. Be aware that this means period after opening POA and the M stands for months.  Each brand will have a dfferent expiry date for each item. Eye products may have a shorter shelf life, however some brands have lipsticks that have expiry dates for up to 2 years. Anything that has separated, a strange texture or consistency, has a weird smell, needs to be binned.

Expiry dates on product packaging 

Spray and sharpen your eye and lip pencils, additionally they can also be sprayed with the alcohol solution again for extra caution. 

Stop putting nails, acrylic nails, knuckles into your skincare, for your body, facial products. I would highly recommend that you use or purchase a spatula. This current trend is contaminating the products, no matter how clean your hand is, it is unsanitary. 

I am appalled at the number of videos I see online, of people putting the pippette from their beautiful oil or serum onto their face then back into the product. Unfortunately this practise will contaminate and possibly cause bacteria to spread into your pot of luxury. 

Cleanse, wash and sanitise tools

Safety + Cleanliness

Please Like and Share this information to the teens, its so important, to indulge in great cleanly habits, whilst cutting down on breakouts, including the spread of acne and blemishes.It is really important to keep your products and your skin health safe, by performing regular sanitisation techniques and cleaning on a regular basis  you are doing your best to protect yourself, above all never share your makeup or skincare, especially in these times..

Do you have any tips or tricks or tips on cleansing your beauty items, let me know in the comments below.

cheryl xoxo

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