Health Advice

Keeping it Clean – 5 Makeup Hygiene Habits

Are you spreading bacteria through your makeup routine? Probably! Here are 5 tips to better Makeup hygiene habits.


If you’re anything like me, you wear makeup on a regular, if not daily basis. For many of us, we may have taken years to perfect our makeup ritual, but have we picked up bad makeup hygiene habits along the way?

Some of these unhygienic habits can cause breakouts, skin irritation and even infections. Follow our 5 must know beauty hygiene habits for happy skin and a healthy you.



Wash your Hands

This simple rule is also sometimes the easiest to forget. Washing your hands with soap or a hand sanitizer is essential before makeup application as bacteria is easily spread from your hands to your face or even your eyes. This can cause breakouts and skin and eye irritation.

Keep an eye on Expiry Dates

Yes, makeup has an expiry date. You can usually find it at the bottom of your makeup products.   If your make up product is past its used by date, it is time to toss it in the trash. If you can’t find an expiry, use this guide below to estimate your product’s shelf life:

  • Liquid Foundation: 12 months
  • Powder (Compacts, Bronzers, Blushers & Eye Shadows): 2 years
  • Cream & Liquid Eye-Shadows: 12 months
  • Mascara & Liquid Liner: 3 to 6 months
  • Lipsticks and gloss: 6-12 months
 Avoid Sharing your makeup

Sharing isn’t always caring. If you are swapping makeup, you are swapping bacteria. It is all too easy to pass on cold sores, eye conjunctivitis, acne causing bacteria and even viruses. Do your skin a favour and keep your makeup to yourself.


Clean your Brushes

Makeup applicator brushes are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Ideally, liquid cosmetic brushes should be cleaned after every use and other brushes at least twice a week to prevent contamination.

An easy method is to spritz isopropyl alcohol on your brushes and work them against a paper towel until all of the makeup residue is removed. Or, if you do not want to dry up your brush bristles but also do not want to break the bank, washing brushes with baby shampoo and antibacterial soap will also work.

Alternatively, you can invest professional brush cleaner that will do the job for you as well.

Clean your makeup bag

Question … when was the last time you washed your makeup case? For many, it was probably the last time you dropped it and one of your eyeshadows or compacts crumbled in to dust.

Unfortunately, the reality is that if there are germs on your brushes, there are germs in your makeup case. That means that all of your brushes that you have just made pristine are now contaminated. Be diligent and wash and sanitize your makeup case as often as possible.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to a healthier environment for your skin.

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