How To Properly Sanitize Different Types Of Makeup Products

Written by Sanya HamdaniSep 16, 2023
How to properly sanitize different types of makeup products

You wash your hands every few hours, carry a sanitizer in your bag, clean your makeup brushes and sponges regularly, but have you ever sanitized your makeup products? If you’re wondering why you need to sanitize your makeup since you don’t share it with anyone, well, you should know that tiny germs and bacteria on your makeup products are multiplying by the minute.

We are not trying to scare you, in fact, we want to help protect your skin from breakouts, irritation and rashes caused by bacteria. Hence, your makeup products need to be cleaned as frequently as you clean your brushes, especially if you’ve recently travelled or were sick. Wondering how to clean each makeup product? Scroll below to find out…




Most women don’t step out of the house without applying a lipstick or lip balm, even if they don’t wear makeup, they usually carry a lipstick around at all times. If you end up sharing your lipstick with a friend, clean it before using it the next time. Wipe the top layer of your bullet lipstick using a tissue, then spray a small amount of rubbing alcohol over it and wipe again after 30 seconds to sanitise it.




Whether you use liquid or tube foundation, avoid touching its mouth with your fingers. No matter what, never dip your fingers into any type of makeup or skincare product, always use a spatula or pour the product on the back of your hand. To sanitize your foundation, dip a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and wipe the bottle’s neck and cap thoroughly with it.




Mascaras have a short shelf life, they only last six months after they’re opened. Therefore, if you have recently had an eye infection, we suggest you toss your old mascara and purchase a new one instead of trying to sanitize it. The eye area is so delicate that it’s best to not take any risks.


Eyeshadow palette


Germs can breed everywhere and your favourite eyeshadow palette is no exception. Simply wipe the top layer with a soft tissue and spray some rubbing alcohol. Once it has dried off, you can use it again.




Eyeliner, eyebrow, lip liner, there are so many different types of pencil makeup products that we use on the regular. And you must be wondering how to clean these, right? It’s simple. Spritz the rubbing alcohol on the tip and wipe off with a cotton pad to get rid of all the germs and bacteria that might be sitting there.

Sanya Hamdani

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Sanya Hamdani is a skincare enthusiast and lipstick hoarder, she truly believes no two red lipsticks look exactly alike. With a Master's degree in Communication & Journalism and 5+ years of digital writing experience up her sleeve, Sanya has some of the biggest beauty experts in the country on her speed dial. When she's not swatching products or writing about the latest trends in beauty, you will find her watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.


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