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The Best Ways To Disinfect Your Everyday Beauty Essentials

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When was the last time you cleaned your brushes? Don't worry, we won't judge you. But as makeup lovers and enthusiasts, we need to be very mindful about cleaning, disinfecting and sanitising the makeup products we use every day, including our go-to beauty tools. These especially apply now more than ever, with the coronavirus cases increasing as the days go by. Since our makeup and brushes come into contact with our faces often, we need to go the extra mile to make them completely germ-free. Keep in mind these simple practices that you should do often, even without a virus outbreak.


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You can use rubbing alcohol to disinfect your makeup brushes.

For makeup brushes, we recommend giving your collection a thorough deep-clean once a week. Use a brush soap and a brush mat to get deep into the crevices of your makeup brushes. Leftover makeup is a breeding ground for microbes, which you don’t want. Prior to every use, you can spray some isopropyl alcohol or makeup cleaner on them and then wipe it on a clean tissue paper or face towel. Let it dry for a bit and then you can go about your usual makeup routine.

Beauty sponges

When it comes to disinfecting your beauty sponges, it’s better to wash them with a cleanser and warm water before and after every use. However, you can go as long as one week without washing a sponge if you’re pressed for time during the week. While letting it dry, set it in a holder in a dry and open place. Keeping it inside a drawer will keep it moist longer, making it easier for germs to settle.

Powder-based makeup

A hand holding a brush and an eyeshadow palette.

Be careful about spraying too much rubbing alcohol on your powder-based makeup.

The easiest way to disinfect powder products is by spraying isopropyl alcohol on them after skimming off the top layer. Do not soak the pan in rubbing alcohol, especially eyeshadow palettes, as it might ruin the quality of the formula. Instead, you can lightly spritz it on some alcohol and let it air-dry before dipping in.

Liquid products

How To Disinfect Liquid Makeup Products
How To Disinfect Liquid Makeup Products
How To Disinfect Liquid Makeup Products
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For your liquid products that come with pumps or squeeze tubes, such as foundation, dip a cotton swab into alcohol and clean the nozzle from the excess product on it. Wipe down the bottle with some disinfectant wipes. As for those with sponge and paddle applicators, do not directly apply the products on your face. You can use a clean mixing palette instead.


How To Disinfect Lipsticks
How To Disinfect Lipsticks
How To Disinfect Lipsticks
How To Disinfect Lipsticks
How To Disinfect Lipsticks
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For your regular bullet lipsticks, spray some rubbing alcohol on the flat, exposed portion and then wipe it clean. This also goes for cream sticks, like foundation or contour sticks. Otherwise, the best way you can keep your lip products clean is by wiping your lips clean with a makeup wipe before applying anything. This keeps any residuals, like oil or food, from going on to your lipstick or applicator.


When it comes to pencil products, such as lip liners and eyeliners, you can keep them clean and sanitised by sharpening them before every use. You can take it a step further by spraying alcohol and then use a cotton swab to wipe it off. Keep the cap on when it’s not in use so it’s not exposed to the elements.

Of course, the best way to keep your beauty essentials from getting contaminated is to start with washing your hands before applying any skincare or makeup on your face. And while we’re all for sharing the love of makeup, sharing is not caring, especially during these times. If you’re not feeling well, it’s best to give makeup a pass for now.

Stay safe with these practical coronavirus prevention tips.