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How to Properly Clean and Sanitize Your Makeup Collection

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When was the last time you cleaned your makeup? Not just your makeup brushes, but the actual product?

You’ve been using that Colourpop So Jaded palette for months and have never thought once about cleaning it up. Girl, I get it! I’ve had those palettes before too. The holy-grail palette that I’ve been using for 2 months straight. I love it, but it’s starting to look like a struggle palette. There are fingerprints in the shades. Kickback from that one powdery eyeshadow has coated the entirety of the palette’s packaging. Although it looks like a mess, the shadows are still amazing.

Fortunately, I’m here to help you revitalize that palette (or any makeup product).

I present to you another lesson in the necessities of cosmetic sanitation. Now that I’ve shared how to deep clean makeup brushes, it’s time to tackle best practices for makeup sanitation.

Dipping your fave makeup product into a cleaning solution and rinsing it with lukewarm water is not an option in the world of makeup sanitation. However, the actual method is insanely easy, inexpensive, and swift.

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Here's What You'll Need to Clean Makeup

70% Isopropyl Alcohol

Disinfectant Wipes

Travel Size Spray Bottle

Paper Towels

Only four items and you’re on your way to beautifully sanitized makeup!

How to Clean Cosmetic Products

Step One: Transfer Alcohol to Spray Bottle

First things first, transfer the 70% Isopropyl Alcohol into a travel size spray bottle. You’ll want to use one with an operating nozzle that will evenly disperse the alcohol across the product.

Step Two: Spray Alcohol on Exposed Makeup

Position the alcohol-filled spray bottle 8-inches away from the exposed makeup. Spray 3-4 times across the palette or product.

For extra measure when working with cream products, take off the very top layer of the product with a cotton pad or paper towel before spritzing. Be careful not to oversaturate it with alcohol as this can ruin the formula and overall performance of the makeup.

Step Three: Allow the Makeup to Dry

You have two options for letting the product dry:

  • Press a paper towel down into the product for about 5-10 seconds. Then, remove the paper towel and leave the makeup to air dry for 5 minutes. I would recommend this for powder products.


  • Completely skip the paper towel and allow the product to air dry. This works best for both cream-based products and pressed powders.

Step Four: Clean the Packaging

Finally, take a disinfectant wipe and clean the ins and outs of the product packaging, but avoid the actual product.

And that’s it, you’re all done!

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What are some makeup products you can’t live without? Tell me in the comments below.

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