How To Sanitize Your Makeup !

Hi pretty ladies! 

You know how we can get a little crazy shopping makeup? I don’t think I’m a hoarder, but I definitely have a lot of makeup. The thing is, once some of my makeup crossed a year or so, I started feeling little icky about using it! I do keep my makeup in the best condition and I’m sure anyone would, after all, that stuff goes on your face. But I still felt like it’s gotten pretty old to continue using and throwing out just a year old makeup was out of the question. Then one day, one of my favourite youtubers aka Sineadycady, did a video about sanitizing makeup and voila! It was exactly what looking for. I immediately started collecting all the stuff I would need (that’s why I ordered those spray bottles from eBay) and sanitized my entire makeup collection. I also looked through some blogposts for further help and now I finally have a guide that I follow every time I sanitize my makeup. Actually, this post was supposed to go up in August but better late than never. So here I am, sharing all that I’ve learnt with you!

What you’ll need:
1. Rubbing alcohol: Just ask any medical store. The pharmacist I went to said that its used to sanitize a body part before injection.
2. One spray bottle (I bought mine HERE)
3. Q-Tips/Ear buds
4. Cotton pads
5. One bowl/glass

Why rubbing alcohol It is used for disinfection or to soothe, cool, or warm the skin. It is a type of denatured alcohol and is unfit for human consumption. Rubbing alcohol is most often used to disinfect medical instruments and human skin, especially in the case of minor injury or to prepare the skin for an injection. If left on the skin for two minutes, 70% ethyl alcohol will reduce the bacterial count by 5%. People should be careful when applying rubbing alcohol to the skin, as it can be toxic if used over large parts of the body. It can be poisonous if inhaled, so it should be used only in well ventilated areas. It evaporates quickly.

Let's get started...

First, transfer half of the rubbing alcohol into the spray bottle, you can add more later, if needed. Lay out all your makeup on an old cloth or a towel. I chose to categorize mine this way- 
For makeup that is in a palette/case:
This is pretty much 70% of my makeup – single eye shadows, palettes, single blushes, powder compacts. I even added my cream concealer and cream shadows.

How To Sanitize Your Makeup - Powder and Cream products

Step 1: Spray some of the rubbing alcohol onto a cotton pad.
Step 2: Wipe the body of the product. If it’s a tub, make sure to clean the mouth and the cap thoroughly. Add more rubbing alcohol to your cotton if needed. Then open it and clean up inside, but don’t touch the actual product in the pan (blush/eyeshadow) just yet.
Step 3: Once you’ve cleaned the case, take your spray bottle and spray it directly onto the pan. Depending on the size of your palette this could take many sprays. For me, the single stuff took 2 sprays and eyeshadow palettes took 3.
Step 4: Leave it open to dry. I had the fan on so all the powders dried up fast, cream ones took little longer, but nothing more than a couple of minutes. Rubbing alcohol evaporates quickly.
Step 5: Your product is now sanitized!

For makeup that is in a bullet/crayon:

How To Sanitize Your Makeup Lipsticks

All your lipsticks, lip crayons, stick concealers, stick foundations, blush sticks, automatic liners
Again, clean the case as mentioned in steps 1 & 2 above. In case of liners, clean the cap using q-tips.
Step 3: Spray the rubbing alcohol directly onto the bullet.
Step 4: Leave it open to dry. This takes a couple of minutes

For makeup that is in a sharpenable pencil form:
All pencil eyeliners, lip liners, lipsticks, concealers

Step 1: Spray some of the rubbing alcohol onto your sharpener and clean it with a q-tip & wait for it to dry. This will clean your sharpener.
Step 2: Spray some of the rubbing alcohol onto a cotton pad and clean the body of the products. Use q-tips to clean the caps.
Step 3: Sharpen all the liners, one whole round

For makeup having sponge wands:
All your lip glosses, eye primers, liquid concealers, lip -cheek stains. I couldn’t find any method to do this online so I devised a technique.

How To Sanitize Your Makeup - Lipglosses liquid concealers primers

Step 1 & 2: Same as all the ones above, clean the outer body using cotton pads. Also clean the wand(except for the sponge part) and the inside of the cap using q-tips.
Step 3: Spray some of the rubbing alcohol onto a q-tip. Clean the sponge tip with this q-tip. I did this because when I sprayed rubbing alcohol directly onto the sponge it got very wet and I couldn’t make out when it had dried. Plus, since these are liquid products, its best not to leave it out in the open for long and this is the quickest method.

Makeup Brushes:

How To Sanitize Your Makeup Brushes

Step 1: Start by deep cleaning and drying all your brushes.
Step 2: Spray some of the rubbing alcohol into your bowl. Since rubbing alcohol absorbs quickly and I had to click pics, I put a very little amount here.
Step 3: Dip your brush into the bowl. Move it around a little bit and then squeeze it out on the sides of the bowl and take it out. Alternatively, you can spray bristles with alcohol.
Step 4: Let it air dry. I kept my brushes on towels so they dry faster.
Its best to group your brushes for this. All eye can ones go together, then face ones individually.

Not included 
- Mascara coz you need to get rid of it 4-6 months after first use
- Foundation. I can only think of cleaning the package and cap thoroughly.

How often should you sanitize?
Definitely every month, atleast for the makeup you use frequently. I sanitize the makeup I use the most every week, but I’m a bit of a germophobe, so its normal for me. I really enjoy the whole process.
Lesser used makeup: sanitized after couple of weeks of use.
Unused for long time(more than a month): sanitized before using

Any after effects?
None of the makeup was spoilt or destroyed after I used the rubbing alcohol liberally on all of them. Some of my eye shadows showed improvement in pigmentation. That only means there was a layer of grime over them!

Phew! This is finally over. Beauty bloggers will definitely know all of this, but for the rest, hope you found it helpful :)