Saturday, June 13, 2009

Tips: Disinfecting Your Makeup

There has been a lack of updates because I caught a flu and for weeks it doesn't seem to be getting better. Even made a few hauls to "make myself feel better" but I've received the packages but am still feeling

I don't really touch my makeup much lately because I think it's gross to do so when you're sick. Especially lip products.

Got interested reading up articles or watching videos on disinfecting makeup.


Beauty Tool Cleanliness

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup and disinfected your brushes and beauty tools?

If the answer is never or last year. Listen up!

Makeup and brushes can make you prettier however, they can make you sick. Examples: Eye infections, skin conditions and lip sores and may bring you to an unexpected visit to the dermatologist.

You wouldn't eat three meals a day seven days, a week with the same used for, spoon or knife would you?

I share with you my personal recipes for keeping it all clean!

Let's start with cleaning off all your shelves where your beauty items live from day to day. Give those shelves, bins or cases a soap and water or Windex wash down at least once a month. Wipe down all mirrors in compacts and eye shadow kits, and your hand mirror too!

Next, sharpen all your eye and lip pencils and put them in the freezer overnight or a few hours. Why you ask? It will help them last longer! (Especially if you have left them in a hot car and they have lost their form.)

Next, wipe down your lipstick tubes (used portion only) with an alcohol sprayed paper towel.

Freeze them.
This practice also disinfects the lipstick tube. Suppose you had a fever blister or flu. You recover and you go back using the same gloss wand or lipstick tube. YUCK! Freeze your tired, melted or poor lipsticks need to recover from being left in a hot car too. This will firm them up and be easier to use as well as make them last longer.

Next, line up your powder blushes and eye shadow. Look for any oily buildup. They will look like little uneven road maps or small dark hard bumps. This is bacteria and an oily skin buildup. Sometimes this dilema does not allow your blush or shadow to smooth properly on your brush. Take a small h'orderve knife and gently scrape off the hard area. Throw the residue in garbage.

Now unto your makeup brushes (including ones inside the compacts or eye kits you get) line up your dirty brushes and one by clean them with a dime size amount of liquid soap swirling it in the palm of your hand. Rinse until all colored residue comes out. Gently squeeze with your fingers all the water out and pat dry with a paper towel. Avoid the handle or base of the brush you do not want the brush to get unglued! However, you can gently wipe down and disinfect the base with a paper towel and a dash of warm water.

Lastly, spray the brushes and a spray of rubbing alcohol. I like to keep it on hand with this mix. 50% rubbing alcohol and 50% distilled water in a spray bottle. I keep it at my vanity to do a quick disinfect of my brushes or tools. Rest on paper towel overnight with brush side hanging a bit of a counter top. Your brushes will dry faster with my professional recommendations and be fresh as a daisy for your use. Do this cleansing ritual once a week. Pretty please!

Wipe down with warm soap and water a dash of rubbing alcohol your tweezers, eyelash curler, nail clippers a and more!

Powder puffs, make up wedges, body sponges and loofahs all need the same love and attention. Makeup wands that have a sponge on a brush handle last longer but need to be cleaned like all the rest of your brushes.

GENTLEMEN: These tips are not just for girls there for you too! Once a month or every other week. Look over your tweezers, nail trimmers, nose clippers, hairbrushes and combs. They need the same attention to keeping it clean detail. So get going!

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