What You Don’t Know About Cleaning Your Beauty Supplies

With the COVID-19 outbreak, keeping up good hygiene habits is now more important than ever. We’re all likely scrubbing surfaces and washing our hands, but what about your beauty supplies? For us beauty lovers, we regularly apply and use our supplies every day, which means we should include them as a priority in our clearing regimen. So, how can you be sure that what you’re doing is enough? We lay it all out for you by going through the most important beauty supplies to clean and how to properly do it.


We’ve all heard from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that we shouldn’t touch our faces so what does that mean for our makeup supplies? After all, our brushes, eyelash curlers, and other makeup tools are constantly coming into contact with eyes and other sensitive areas. Continuing to use those dirty makeup tools can not only cause sanitary and health issues but can also lead to breakouts and irritated skin. That’s why your makeup supplies should be at the top of your list for spring cleaning. Here are some essential tips you need to know when cleaning them out.

Throw Away Old Makeup

That’s right, even makeup has an expiration date. If this is the first time you knew your makeup supplies could overstay their welcome, now might be your opportunity to start from scratch. Going forward, it’s important to know that not all makeup will have the same shelf life.

Pencil and powder will have a much longer lifespan compared to liquid-based makeup because of the bacteria that grows easier in moist spaces. This means that pencil and powder makeup will have an expected shelf life of two years as opposed to liquid makeup’s shorter six to twelve months. So don’t be afraid to throw out anything you don’t need to make sure you start off with a clean slate. After all, you don’t want to waste your time cleaning makeup supplies that are way too old to work properly!

different types of makeup

Give Your Brushes a Good Cleaning

Making sure that your makeup stays clean and new is a huge step in having sanitary brushes but that doesn’t mean you can skip washing the brushes themselves! If you’ve never washed your brushes before, here are all the steps you need to get started:

  • 1. Mix together a drop of soap and warm water.
  • 2. Swirl the makeup brushes in the water and gently massage the bristles to clean them out.
  • 3. Rinse your brushes out with clean water.
  • 4. Lay them out over a countertop to dry so they keep their rounded shape.
  • Throw out makeup brushes every two to three months.

Don’t Forget Your Metal Tools

Many of us don’t think to wash out tools like eyelash curlers or tweezers but trust us, they need it! Like your brushes, these are often near your face and so you should be extremely careful that you’re cleaning them out and not sharing them with other people to use. Thankfully, these are super easy to clean! All you need to do is scrub on some antibacterial soap with water and you’re good to go!

Skin Care

Just like with makeup, the first thing you need to do is to figure out which skin care products have gone past their expiration date. This will also depend on things like ingredients, when you opened the product, and what type of container it’s stored in. Here are some easy things you can do to help lengthen your skin care’s shelf life:

  • Wash your hands before using the products!
  • Don’t add water to keep your products moist.
  • Tighten the lid or cap after each use.
  • Store your products in a secure spot like a cupboard.
  • Don’t share your products with others.

Heat-Styling Tools

Not many people think about cleaning their curling irons, straighteners, wands, and other heat-styling tools. That just means that they’re overdue for a proper cleaning!

heat-styling tools

All you have to do to clean these tools is make sure they’re unplugged, take a cotton ball that’s been soaked in rubbing alcohol, and rub all around. You especially want to get rid of all those black marks you see on these tools. Those are caused by leftover hair products and no one wants that constantly in their hair! Clean these tools out at least once a month to make sure they stay sanitary.

Want to Talk?

With everything that’s going on right now, our team wants you to know that we’re always here if you want to talk. Whether you want to know more about cleaning your beauty supplies or what this situation means for your future in beauty, contact us! We hope that you’re all staying safe and healthy out there.

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