It is sad to say, but many people go months or even years without cleaning their make up tools. Furthermore, they do not properly care for their makeup products. This is not only unsanitary, but it can also spread infection. Makeup products and tools are used around your face, on your mouth, very close to your eyes, and around your nose. It is very easy for bacteria to build up on your makeup tools or products and cause infection by one of these areas of your face. To steer clear from bacteria buildup and to keep a clean and sanitary makeup box, read on and use the following advice for proper care of makeup tools and products.
First of all, it is just common practice to always wash your hands before you apply any makeup products. Also, whenever you use a makeup product with a lid or top, always close it tightly as exposure to air can cause bacteria buildup. When you can, use creams, lotions, foundations, and concealers with applicators. This means applying all of these products with either q-tips, cotton balls, cotton pads, sponge applicators, or brushes.
Next, you should always be washing your brushes and other applicators with a bacteria-killing brush cleaning formula. You can get a great formula of brush cleaner from any pharmacy, makeup counter, beauty store or online. Never run your mascara wands through water or attempt to dilute the mascara to make it thinner either. And finally, always follow all of the expiration date on your makeup to avoid using old product.
Remember, you should be throwing away your mascara or liquid eyeliner (those with brushes that screw into tubes like mascara) after three weeks of use, even if there is still some product left in the tube. You should also wash your brushes at least once per week, and if possible, only buy brushes that have covers on them so that they are not exposed to the air.
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Finally, never share your make up products or tools with others unless you can wash them, and always wash them thoroughly before and after use. Never share lipsticks or lip glosses unless you never use the applicator, and use disposable q-tips every time (a common practice of makeup artists). Follow all of these warnings, and you will have safe to use makeup and a beautiful makeup box of tools and products for a lifetime. This caring makeup guide contributed by New York Skin Malaysia.