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Cheat Sheet: The Proper Way To Sanitize Your Makeup Products

Cheat Sheet: The Proper Way To Sanitize Your Makeup Products

We wash our hands for at least 20 seconds, sanitize our shoes with a disinfecting mat, and stock up on UV sanitizers—these days, a lot of us are super cautious of germs and virus from our surroundings that praning has become just an understatement!

As we make sure everything is clean and sanitized, we move our focus to our cosmetics and tools. Our products are easily bacterial breeding grounds. And so by cleaning it regularly and properly, not only can we prevent germs and bacteria, but also prevent breakouts.

We consulted with pros Christine Rojas-Laviña, Chuchie Ledesma, and Angie Cruz on how we can clean our beauty tools the right way—read on for more helpful info!

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Makeup brushes

A common tip all makeup artists have when cleaning brushes: Use soap and water. Sure, there are cleansers available in the market, but apparently what we have at our sink is just fine! “Traditional washing with water and mild shampoo or soap (or even a facial wash) is still best to get rid of dirt, oils and bacteria,” asserts Christine.

Meanwhile, Chuchie—makeup artist and Training Specialist for Consumer Products Division for L’Oreal Philippines—suggests a Whims & Craze or Ellana brush cleaner for quick cleaning. “Those are the only two local brush cleaners I’ve tested that can get rid of cream and waterproof products from my brushes.” 

For a through clean, Chuchie usually mixes dishwashing liquid like Joy Antibac with drops of olive oil on a mixing plate. “I alternately use it and Xeng Zulueta’s solid makeup brush cleaner," she advises.

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Christine suggests using a brush cleaning pad, too. “Although not necessary, it will help you breeze through the chore especially if you’re washing a lot of brushes at a time. The bumps and grooves of a silicone mat help loosen up deep-seated dirt and oil a lot quicker versus using just the palm of your hand."

Lastly, when drying brushes, Christine reminds laying the brushes flat on a clean towel. “Make sure the bristles are hanging off the edge of the table. If you place a wet brush on a towel to dry, there is a chance that mildew might grow."

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It's a golden rule to sanitize makeup tools especially when used on other people. “There is a sanitizing spray product that you can spritz directly on your cream and powder-based makeup. You can get one from Nippon,” advises Angie, a Makeup For Ever Affiliates artist.

Or, get a UV sterilizer for it "where you can just put your makeup and makeup brushes inside,” Angie adds. UV sterilizers are also good for your brushes, which Chuchie swears by saying, “I use a portable UV sterilizer on my brushes after air drying them.”

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Beauty tools (Gua sha, Jade roller, etc.)

Beauty tool boxes need not be put to waste, as these can be used for storage. Christine suggests storing skincare tools there “so they don’t accumulate dust.” Also, “If possible, always wash with soap and water or wipe down with alcohol before and after use.”

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