Taking a shower after gym, cleansing the face twice a day, and washing hands regularly are basic hygiene habits that everyone follows. However, when it comes to makeup, simple things like cleaning the makeup brushes after every use are often overlooked. Did you know this can invite a number of skin problems like rashes, irritation and breakouts?

To make sure your makeup gives you nothing more than a flawless look, it is essential to follow some makeup hygiene tips. Scroll down to learn what they are and how to prevent your makeup from becoming a breeding ground for bacteria and germs.

 

01. Wash your hands before applying makeup

01. Wash your hands before applying makeup

Some people prefer using their fingers for application, especially for products like concealer since it sets well. But we would advise against it. Your hands carry a lot of germs and bacteria that can easily get transferred to your face. If you absolutely have to, cleanse your hands thoroughly for 30 seconds and then scoop out enough product one time, so you don’t have to dip or touch the product again.

 

02. Store in a clean and dry place

02. Store in a clean and dry place

All your makeup products and tools should be stored in a clean and dry place. Avoid keeping it on the bathroom shelf as moist environments can invite germs and decrease the shelf life of your makeup products. Room temperature is the best.

 

03. Disinfect regularly

03. Disinfect regularly

Washing your makeup brushes and sponges is crucial to keep them clean, and it’s not a taxing task — a little soapy water or a dip in micellar water is enough. Wipe off the tip and surface of lipsticks, eyeliners and eyeshadow palettes with isopropyl alcohol to disinfect them in between uses. You can also use it to clean tools like eyelash curlers and tweezers too.

 

04. Avoid sharing

04. Avoid sharing

You can share your food and even your jewellery with your BFF or sister, but sharing makeup products is a big no-no. It is a basic hygiene tip that everyone should follow. It can invite a number of skin issues that you never had, and you may probably have to say goodbye to your favourite makeup product long before its expiry date.

 

05. Do not double-dip products

05. Do not double-dip products

Whether it's mascara, liquid lipstick or eyeliner, we suggest taking enough product on the applicator at one go, so you don’t have to dip it again. This will reduce the transfer of bacteria from your skin into the product tube.