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Tips : Makeup Artist Top Sanitation Practices

How dirty can your cosmetics and brushes get? They definitely need regular cleaning! Dirt and grime forming on your makeup and brushes can cause breakouts, illnesses, and in some cases, skin infections.

Before we go into details , here's some general guidelines:

  • Never double dip.

  • Always use disposable sponges

  • Sanitize everything with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol.

  • Carry hand sanitizer in your kit. Wash your hands with soap and water between clients. This is more effective than using hand sanitizer only.


Here are some simple steps to clean your makeup brushes :

* Mix together a little olive oil, water, and baby soap. Give brushes a gentle swirl to clean, then rinse!

*Set them flat on a towel to dry.

*Clean your brushes often if you are doing heavy makeup work to keep your brushes bacteria-free

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To clean your makeup beauty sponges, drop a bit of liquid soap on the surface. Rub in the soap and clear the stains/cosmetic balance under running water until no residue remains.

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For pressed powders like foundation and eyeshadow, you can clean them with a tissue.

Wipe off the top layer to eliminate some of the bacterial build up.

You can further sanitise by very light spritz spraying the surface with a mixture of alcohol and water after skimming the surface of the pressed powders.


These products can't be directly sanitised. But you can do the following to ensure they are germ-free.

  • Pot Creams– Don't double dip! And do use a plastic makeup spatula to get the product out easily.

  • Mascara– Consider changing your mascara often.

  • Lipstick– You can scrape of the top layer , so a clean layer is used on the client every time. Never use lipstick from the tube on clients. Scrape a bit with your spatula onto a palette and use a brush.

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