I am a bacteria freak. It drives me mad at times but I really cannot stand the unclean brushes, the accumulated cream/lotions on sides of the lid, retractable pencils and what not. I also sanitize my makeup stuff with alcohol every now and then. I wash my brushes and wipe my powder domes every time I use them on someone else. I am just finicky about cleaning all the stuff that goes directly on my skin. I also discard my makeup after a certain point of time. I waste whole lot of tissues and shampoos in cleaning and washing but that’s just me.
Apart from caring about my personal hygiene, I also do all this because a lot of times I give away my stuff to people around me. So, it doesn’t make sense to pass on infected products when I have a choice not to.
How about you? Are you a bacteria freak or do you keep things in moderation?
Following list will give you an idea about when should you discard your makeup. If I have missed any of the products that you use, do let me know. I will add it.
- Liquid Foundations: 1 year
- Cream Foundations: 1 year
- Mineral Foundations: 1 1/2- 2 years
- Powder Blushes: 1 1/2- 2 years
- Cream Blushes: 1 year
- Mineral Blushes: 1 1/2- 2 years
- Loose Powder- 2 years
- Pressed Powder- 2/12- 3 years
- Stick Concealers:6-7 months if you apply directly from the stick; 1 year if you apply with clean brushes.
- Cream/Liquid concealers: 1 year
- Powder Concealers: 1 1/2 -2 years
- Liquid Eyeliners: 3-4 months
- Mascara: 3 months
- Kajals: 3 months
- Pencil liners: retractable- discard after 5-6 months. Sharpened ones: You can keep them as long as they don’t expire. The sharpening would remove the bacteria every time you use it.
- Cream eye shadows: 6-7 months
- Powder eye shadows: 1-1 1/2 year if used with clean brushes
- Eyeshadow Sponges: Discard after 3-4 months if you use them regularly
- Lip liners: Retractable- discard after 5-6 months. Sharpened ones: You can keep them as long as they don’t expire. The sharpening would remove the bacteria every time you use it.
- Lipsticks: 1 year
- Lip Glosses: 6-7 months
Makeup Brush Cleaning:
- Powder Brush:Wash at least once a week if used daily.
- Foundation Brush: Wash after every use.
- Eyeshadow Brushes:If you are using cream/ gel eye shadows, clean after every use. With powder eye shadows, wash at least once a week or depending on how much you use them.
- Blush Brush:At Least once a week, if used daily.
- Eyeliner Brush: After every use
- Lip Brush: After every use
The basics of cleaning brushes is that if you are using anything liquid/ gel based, was your brushes after every use. The moisture is the breeding ground of bacteria so wash your brushes with a mild shampoo or an anti-bacterial soap. If you use sponges for your makeup, use after very use and discard after a month or so.
Perfumes: Can be used until their expiry date.
Face/ Body Creams/ Lotions: 1 year
Nail Polishes: 2 years
Face Washes: 1 year
Clean the tops of your pressed powders and blushes every once in a while. This would keep your stuff clean and bacteria free. Also, if you see any discoloration, thickening or change in smells of your product, just discard your product instantly.
Disinfect your makeup with alcohol at least once in two months. This would keep your products clean and your skin in a better shape.
It feels pathetic to throw away your favourite lipstick or an eyeliner but rather than breeding bacteria on your face, it’s better to discard your stuff.
So do you have any tips and tricks to share disinfect your makeup and keep it clean?